Individual, Local, Global

Published on Aug 29, 2020

Change happens at three levels—individual, local, and global—and we need to take each one into account to be impactful.

In a globalized world where social networks take hours of our lives on a daily basis, it's never been easier to reach out to a global audience. Almost too easy. To the point where it's more comfortable to follow the herd than to question your existence.

We also praise individualism. We more and more value independence, freedom, and self-reliance, even though we often don't put in the work to make things happen.

At the local level, we can observe anything from tribalism to a renewed interest in meaningful communities.

Each sphere has its opportunities and its challenges, but I find it grueling to balance them all. On the other hand, I don't think we can have sustainable lifestyles without making each level works together. 

This is why I remain so attracted to the ideal of a sedentary life where I could live in self-sufficiency while working as a remote maker sharing what I learn and love, to global and local audiences alike. Projects like The Catfarm in France or Rosenhill near where I lived in Stockholm, among many others, prove it's possible to find an equilibrium, we just have to start doing.