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The World is changing - Lasse L.




I was asked to write a blog entry about my relationship with NLNW -movement. I have never thought of myself to be a good writer so it took quite a while – especially after the outbreak begun. But then a friend gave me some good advice about writing which opened my eyes. The message should not be about the group NLNW, but instead be about my personal point of view about being in the group. NLNW is not just a movement, it's the sum of all its members and participants, myself included.


I came into the movement by accident. I just happened to meet M&M in one meeting. I didn't speak much there, but after the meeting Michael invited me to join in, he was impressed by my words. And just like that, being in the right place at the right moment, I stumbled into this international movement. That's also happens to be one of the movement's goals: To be in the right place, at the right time – and talking with the right people with the right words.


I soon sank deep into building the movement, since there is an overwhelming amount of meetings, talking and ideas, and very little action to make the ideas come into reality. I knew where I would be needed most: action with my hands. I volunteered to do things that were needed, and soon I was organizing, planning and building our very first festival. I knew that my work helped all the artists to concentrate on their contributions for the festival and by me providing the infrastructure for those contributions I knew I was helping their message to be heard. It's rough work with little physical rewards, but I believed that our movement is on the right track.


Now the World is changing, faster than what we were prepared for. I do not know what the future will bring, and what kind of world will be waiting for us, once the present pandemic is over – or will it ever be completely over? I don’t know. I know that now is our chance to react, adapt and adjust our NLNW to our new shared reality, and learn to live together in this new world. Learning will require much more work, and we will triumph and falter, but I trust we will evolve and become better, stronger, and our message will be clearer for all. Now it's time to move on and continue the work. It's our chance to help shape the world to come.

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