Sara Calvo, founder of Living in Minca is a firm believer of "Buen Vivir”, the indigenous social philosophy that focuses on social, environmental and spiritual wealth versus material wealth. This is what she transmits through her films, her conversations with social entrepreneurs and her teaching work all over the world.
Who are you Sara, and how do you support women social entrepreneurs?
I am an adaptable nomad. My roots are inside of me.
Living in Minca was founded in 2012 with the objective of showcasing inspiring social enterprise initiatives and social entrepreneurs worldwide throughout research, films and blogs. I have visited more than 100 organisations in around 25 countries over the last three years. I think that my biggest impact is being able to provide the opportunity to (1) speak out and (2) share the stories of many women social entrepreneurs eager to tell the world that indifferently of their social backgrounds, ethnicities, faiths or age, there is only one purpose, being a changemaker. From my perspective, championing such exceptional individuals will enable others to contribute to our society.
How does your eagerness to be involved as a social entrepreneurs’ supporter stem from what happened in your early years?
I believe that individual’s passions are determined by personal experiences. Although my upbringing was not unique, I argue it was very unusual. My parents are travellers. I grew up in a caravan, travelling with my parents around Spain. Most of the time, I was either travelling or based at the local boarding school, where I was enrolled since I was 4 years old. At the school, I learnt about the importance of collectivism and teamwork. Sharing was not an option, it was a duty to maintain the status quo of our little society. Everyone’s family contributes to one’s personality in the future! In my case, I have seen how being ‘social’ was not only about charitable behaviour, but it was about providing opportunities.
Generally speaking, fun fairs can be a really peculiar fieldwork, brotherhood and innovation are essential to survive; in essence in our society there is a tendency to exclude travellers or people who live out of it! Hence, values such as inclusion, equality and brotherhood were not taught, but they were 100% experienced. Undoubtedly, acquiring such values through my childhood’s experiences have triggered off the passion of transforming society and therefore encouraged me to be part of the social enterprise movement.
What is it that you are doing differently?
Living in Minca supports ‘invisible’ grassroots social enterprises around the world. As an academic/consultant/research initiative we are very thorough. We have a profound understanding of the social enterprise sector, forged by years of cutting edge research, academic credentials, frequent and intense travelling and the audiovisual documentation of all the above mentioned. We are not arm-chaired researchers! We are ethnographers by all means. We understand the complexity and depth of the subject by experience rather by a mere intellect. By utilising media, our research is available to all: you don't need a social science degree to access our findings!
How does your world look like in 2030?
I see a more conscious society when it comes about consumption, environment and poverty. I see a world where the “sharing economy”- and with that I include social enterprises- will overthrow some of the biggest companies that are now controlling the planet. I see a world where more and more people take on the responsibility for preserving our nature and where the indigenous principle of “Buen Vivir”, which focuses on social, environmental and spiritual wealth versus material wealth, has gained popularity among citizens.
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