A friendly conversation on stuff that matters
with Andreea Petre-Goncalves
Conversations / Tues 7th Nov / 6.30-8:30 pm
In the Deep Thought series, Andreea offers opportunities to interrogate our ideas of what is normal and desirable in society. Together we walk towards the mindset shifts that are needed to protect our planet, make the world safe and ensure lives and dignity and meaning for all. Deep Thought is a space for courage and authenticity, with no stone left unturned. We build trust, encourage each other and take action together.
What happens to trust in a transactional world? What does a selfish society do for our happiness? What does meaningful work mean in an era of precarity, automation and uncertainty? What is society for? Join us for our monthly conversations.
"This was going to be a discussion on masculinities. On sexual practices and gender norms shaped and re-shaped by capitalism. On new ways of navigating cultural uncertainty that don’t require pathologizing the experience of billions of humans as something toxic or unsavoury. On raising girls and boys generously and lovingly so they can be kind, happy and themselves.
As the words pop up on my screen, my fingers hitting the keys as they have frantically for days, there isn’t room to contemplate much else aside the fire and rubble of Gaza. Feeling puny and impotent, standing by, watching the nuclear meltdown of our very humanity. The despair, perdition, which one way or another, will haunt us through the decades, just as the horrors of other ages, Shoah or Nakba, are haunting us now.
In this age of rupture, old delusions are in flames. We are in between the worlds, economically, geopolitically, in terms of security, in our own lives. The more we hold on to old fictions by our fingernails, opposing ceasefires, staying put, looking the other way, insisting on more of the same, the more alone we are in discomfort, in cognitive dissonance.
This Deep Thought session is a huddle for those who need togetherness in darkness, who have a yearning for better things, for difficult truths concurrently upheld, moral revival and the triumph of humanity’s best, loving traits.
Open to everyone | Booking required
Andreea was 8 years old when totalitarian Communism collapsed overnight in her native Romania. She saw then how quickly yesterday’s absolute truth can become tomorrow reviled atrocity. She knows that societal narratives can shift fast, and when they do, they make deep system re-set possible.
For two decades she worked for international development, human rights, health and sustainability in the EU institutions and international NGOs. In 2019 she set up Flare, a Brussels-based think-and-do tank that experiments with practical ways of shifting the collective ideas we hold of what is normal and desirable. This work builds on 15 years of her researching and writing about societal narrative shifts. She is a BMW Foundation Responsible Leader and a member of Global Diplomacy Lab.
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