‘Changing the world is tough but it’s worth it’
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PN: What are the projects with which you’re currently involved?
Juan: At the moment, we are working with an organization called ANDI [National Association of Industries] and the municipality of Medellin on the Global Entrepreneurship Congress, which will be held here next year. They called us because they wanted to showcase different entrepreneurs from the city, but what we proposed was to take the participants to the different neighborhoods.
Eliana: When they came to us they wanted them [the entrepreneurs from poor neighborhoods] to come to the congress and, I don’t know, dance or paint, and we were saying “noooo, let’s take the people to the communities - no social distinctions.” So now, we are working on that because we assume that many visitors will come to their communities. And the community will participate in creating an infrastructure for that.
PN: Which of the projects has been the most successful?
Juan: The one which has developed the fastest is called Heroes and now it is an organization itself, run by an ex-member of Pazamanos. The project is about showing new role models to the community, those that others can look up to. It almost works like advertising, with big photos [of the heroes] displayed on buildings.
PN: How did you decide which heroes to put up?
Eliana: The community told us who they think should be displayed.
PN: If you were granted three wishes to benefit the economically poor of Medellin, what would you ask for?
Juan: Medellin is one of the most economically unequal cities in Colombia and even in South America. We need to close the gap as a society and have more [equal] access to opportunities.
Eliana: I would add: to change people’s mentality, so that they would believe that the opportunities out there are also for them because they are a part of the society and therefore can access the opportunities. I would also change the CEOs’ mentality, because it’s very individualistic - I want for me, I want to make a lot of money for myself. I think that if they start thinking as a community they will think that they are a part of society as a whole.
PN: What has been one of the highlights of your work?
Eliana: Being able to see things from a different perspective. Being more conscious about what life really means.
If we don’t open our eyes to the realities, then we will follow the system the way it is. And we believe that the system needs some changes.
Juan: For me, the work here has been a learning process, where I can leave behind all my western education that tells me where I need to go, when, and how, and understand that maybe there isn’t just one way to live your life but different ways and more human.
PN: What advice would you give to those who want to create change in the world?
Juan: First of all, start with yourself. Be conscious and coherent. Have a dream but also follow the steps in real life. Don’t get burned out in the process. Don’t give up on your dream.
Eliana: Persistence, patience, passion.
Changing the world is tough but it’s worth it. If not me, then who?