I was scrolling through the Fund for Regional Cooperation Project’s titles and I started thinking about some of the concepts they could mirror. I came up with the thought that, all together, they reflect the idea of a union of glocal thinkers in the name of transnationality. I read the Project’s descriptions and I am even more convinced that the sustainability goals impressed into their different missions, imposed to start thinking global to act locally.
Global thinkers (which can be also projects, not only people) are aware of the place they can have into the wider world, by taking an active role into a community (our Fund), in order to make the entire planet more sustainable and fairer (and why not even more peaceful).
In that sense, the Fund for Regional Cooperation’s Projects can make a difference.
Many times, we focus on what is dividing us: now more than ever the world needs thinkers able to stand up to find common solutions. It is needed to find ways for responsible actions. Sustainable change is possible if we act as global citizens while thinking locally, as a key for global solutions.
Why? Because connections between local and global are at the forefront of our work, since to develop and find solutions to a specific problem, it is needed to look at a specific local situation. Because millions of local issues have a global consequence.
It is like climbing a mountain or seeing a forest (as a whole) through the trees of a specific territory. At the same time, embracing a global mindset can involve our specific knowledge, meaning what is really affecting our actions. Glocal thinkers can adapt their behaviour starting from local realities and I believe that Regional Cooperation Projects are born with these intentions.
It is thanks to this mental setup that they can support a system/structure able to sharpen their glocal thinking, since they are able to connect into a concrete network and inspiring best practices through the exploitation of inspiring examples. And… you won’t be surprised: communication is a fundamental engine of this process. Not because we just “have to communicate”, but because communicating means also encouraging dialogue and resource sharing (sometimes, today more than ever, using technology to the maximum advantage). And it is for that reason that we would like to stress and highlight the importance of this concept.
If one wanted to achieve change or improvement, he/she couldn’t wait for global and international legislations: that is why regional/transnational cooperation can be a mean able to anticipate any international decision. And… I believe this is the mission laying at the base of each Project. At the same time, the best action anyone can do is to drive the change himself/herself, since acting locally starts to address what we see as a global issue.
We could think, for example, to the environment – as an international problem – and the reasons why we do recycling, often considered as a singular engagement… what if the entire world did recycle?
It is with this spirit that we, as Editorial Team, like to think about the new adventure on our Regional Cooperation Online Magazine, and we hope that all our Projects will do the same, issue by issue. This can mean sending us reflections, proposing new challenges that worth analysis, inviting friends/experts to become members of our big Family.
We are curious to see what we – as a Family – can propose to our public, thinking locally but acting globally.