Summer of Purpose 2020: Grameen Creative Lab
By – Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Prof. Mohammud Yunus
It has been a couple of months since the COVID pandemic, and things have been on halt.
It is a serious issue, and interestingly, it spread all over the world like a wildfire.
I’ve spent quite a lot of time working from home because of the lockdown.
Over time, I did experience a stagnant in my growth, because of course, there’s a certain threshold you reach when you’re the one person teaching yourself, you’re bound by your own perspective, books aren’t written by one person, but through the experiences of many.
When you’re at your own home, there’s a certain sense of comfort, and that comfort hinders growth.
There hasn’t been a lot of positivity around, but luckily, I was able to be a part of something that aims to change that!
It was an event that ran for 3 days, but those 3 days were full of ideas, conversations, workshops, lectures, and fun hackathons.
Each day I spent was personally a learning experience.
Of course, there’s a limit to what you can learn solo, but interacting with people, gaining their experiences, and their perspectives on the events around them are what makes for a true learning experience.
With the participants from all over the globe, the discussions we had were of intensity, with everyone putting forth about how their country was tackling the pandemic.
Brainstorming sessions were not just limited to the current COVID scenario, but also how to effectively tackle and boost the production as the pandemic slowly dies out.
Technologies were talked about, and the new solutions these technologies could enable.
The focus was more on the solutions, rather than lingering on the existing problems, and this is exactly what I was looking for.
The pandemic has slowed things down for me, even when it came to my own personal growth.
Most of it has been because I was used to interacting with people in meetings, and conferences, that I never looked beyond.
Being outside was progress for me, as my home felt more or less like a safe space, but in this quarantine, I am trying my best to change this ideology.
Your progress isn’t inhibited by this lockdown, you’ll just have to make do with what you have!
This is not a pause, but just another learning experience, like how in general life is 🙂
To be honest, I’ve attended global conferences in the past, and have interacted with a diverse panel of participants, but Summer of Purpose was a unique experience, and in any way, no less than the events I have been to before!
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Precisely – The Opportunity Hub