About the #InsideValue Journey

This is my new journey #InsideValue, where the obvious and mainstream is unpacked with the hope that we all learn together how to build a better future.

Inside Value is about defining and analysing what needs to be brought to that future and what we are ready to dismiss. We have already reached a tipping point in which we need 1.5 planets to support the way we live, while poverty and inequality are continuously rising. On top of this, we are currently experiencing a global ethical crisis and I firmly believe that understanding our societal values and its fundamental dichotomies will make us realise what we are able to fix. Although this journey may sound abstract or even unachievable, it is worth giving it a try.

Are you curious about discovering these dichotomies? Have a look at my first post: Consumer vs Citizen.

#InsideValue is a two-year journey (mostly connected to my Masters studies in Sustainability Leadership at the University of Cambridge) in which I will insist on demonstrating that if we shape values together, we will find collective solutions.

About me and my personal path–Finding interconnections

Our world is quite complex and along the years human beings have looked for ways to make it look simpler to manage complexity. This has brought progress, but I am afraid we have reached a tipping point where we cannot continue omitting interconnections. We are living with constant and countless dichotomies and I strongly believe this applies to all fields and subjects.

My personal path consists of the search for interconnections in the fields I know and am passionate about: international relations and sustainability. That is to say that I am looking for ways on how the diversity of transnational actors tackle and collaborate around the most pressing issues the world is facing. Sustainability has emerged as a new academic field with the promise to include us all in the equation; it is not about who has more power and influence, it shifts the agenda to co-operation and makes us understand interconnections and complexity to be able to work jointly to ensure a better world for future generations.

During my undergraduate studies in International Relations (IR), my favourite subjects were History and Theory of International Relations. On the one hand, History made me understand the way we got to this point, and I sadly realise that most of what happened is irreversible. However, I am passionate about history because contrary to the belief that the past stays in the past, it gives us the opportunity to assess what went wrong and what we can learn from that in the future. On the other hand, IR theory gives us the lenses through which different academics and practitioners see and structure world phenomena. Although IR theory is fascinating, it has clear limitations, because we are only able to assess the future by predicting models or prescribing solutions.

After I finished my undergraduate studies, I became a bit frustrated because if theory cannot help predict fatal errors, how can we ensure a better future?

The word sustainability made me recover this hope. We can have a better world if we collaborate, if we make sure we are responsible for our own future!

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