In Chinese the word "weiji" means "crisis". However, the characters that compose this word refers to two very different terms. "wei" means "danger" while "ji" means "opportunity". As for ancient Greek philosophers, Chinese believe that a period of Crisis is a period full of dangers but also rich of opportunities. However, nowadays we do not think the same way. Economic, financial and social crisis are what media, governments, companies, schools teach us to be afraid of as merely negative experiences to avoid at any cost. Everyone knows what the 2008 world financial crisis has generated, leaving hundred thousands of families without their houses, jobs, savings, lives. However, spending all the time talking and discussing about these important problems often does not leave time or hope to think about solutions. How many are aware of the incredible opportunities that this crisis is unfolding? Why is not common to talk about what resilient and innovative communities, companies, NGOs are creating everyday, step-by-step, gradually bringing their local revolution to a global stage?
“There’s no merit without crisis. It’s in the crisis where we can show the very best in us. Without a crisis, any wind becomes a tender touch. To speak about a crisis is to promote it. Not to speak about it is to exalt conformism. Let us work hard instead. Let us stop, once and for all, the menacing crisis that represents the tragedy of not being willing to overcome it.” (Albert Einstein)
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