Other side…

Empty.

 

Metamorphosed.

 

The hot tunes of this beautiful music – Otherside – warm my heart in this chilly lobby.

Speechless, looking for a word to describe the past days in Leuven. It was strange a strange when we finished on Sunday. Beautiful and terrible, exciting and enjoyable. Different emotions and reactions, issues we had experienced differently were relived as we drove home, we all discussed, argued, ate, drank, laughed and paused.

When it got dark and our session came to their end we danced, cried, wanted to be alone, tidied up, drunk, exchanged, walked around, laughed and had fun.

We now carry the newly gained ideas into the wide world. Overpowered by the speakers. Praised. From all. Cursed. By some. Excited. By the team. Exhausted, but happy! And, above all, hopeful. About our future (nothing less).

Put people of different origins and ages together for a weekend and see what happens. Convinced that we are driving into an incredible future. Convinced of moving with people who can now move other people. Convinced of the value of exchange between generations and disciplines

To some, it may sound like a fun weekend, where we just discussed, talked and repeated a bit of the beautiful new world, but we have to acknowledge, and make others realize, that in this ever rotating sphere, keywords globalization and  future, – that that was not it.

It was not a short holiday in Belgium. It was much more! I saw people gathering, debating, seminar phases tipping, dancing and sitting around the small round table in our ‘forum’.

People with a desire for a future. Desire for discourse and meddling, for action and negotiation. Self-determined and careful, free and dignified.

A journey through our future society. A weekend that has shown what is possible in the future. How beautiful it was to share happiness and passion!

To put it in to a nutshell, in a lot of conversations we had the feeling that the space between politics and business is too narrow, there is no space left for other important issues such education and science. That a lot of solutions are developed at the small wooden benches in early school years.

‘You can see the sun slowly sinking but, when it is suddenly dark you are frightened.’ Franz Kafka

Blogpost by Deniz Onaral, #ICYA2017 Social Reporter –  denizwrites@gmail.com

Picture courtesy of Deniz Onaral.

This post is part of the live coverage during the #ICYA2017 – The International Conference for Youth in Agriculture, organised by IAAS (The International Association of Students in Agricultural and Related Sciences).   

This post is written by one of our social reporters, as part of their training on social reporting, and represents the author’s views only.

The #ICYA2017 social reporting project is supported by GFAR, the Global Forum on Agricultural Research.