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If I´d be asked to name three things that have defined who I am today I´d say: travel, envrionmental activism, and networking initiatives
I´ve been traveling the world whenever I had the chance- but always trying to engage, not just pass through. Ive done youth camps, workcamps, interships, NGO work abroad and now I was lucky enough to make international cooperation on environment and climate change my job.
I´m a member of the Greens and have been active in a couple of other environmental and social initiatives, mostly on the local level, and am interested to meet and change experiecnes with other likeminded people.
Currently Im very interested in everything labelled the "Sharing Economy", from coworking to crowdfunding to ridesharing and yes, of course also couchsurfing.
I'm also an active bookcrosser
If you're in Tbilisi or traveling to Tbilisi, you might be interested in the groups I have founded here
1. Tbilisi Movies - a platform r share infos on movie screenings on English (or occasionally German, French, Italian, etc.)
2. Green Georgia - a platform to share infos for anyone interested in environmental isues
3. Sharing Economy Georgia, a platform for anyone interested todiscuss and learn more about..well, the Sharing Economy
Update: I believe in CS as a community without any commercial interests. Due to more and more commercial offers, let me clarify this: If you send me a tour offer, or want to host for money, or sell anything else... I'll report you. No more warnings, no questions, I'll just report your profile. So if you're looking for business, please try your luck somewhere else. Thank you
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
Friends who had done a lot of couchsurfing convinced me to sign up years ago.
I´m not here for free accomodation, I didn´t surf or host much in recent years, and that´s a reason why I don´t have many references.
The main reason I´m on CS is the spirit, the chance to meet like-minded people at CS events, and to help other travellers with local advice and information. I spent New Yers eve in 2014 in Istanbul and 2015 in Lviv with Couchsurfers, two very different, but very memorable experiences.
Im hear to share stories and information, meet interesting people, and help likeminded people whereveer I can.
The last 3 years I worked almost exclusively on climate change, supporting Georgia to prepare it´s national commitment on climate change prior to the big summit in Paris, and help building local capacities.
But at some point I realized that all these international and national conferences, documents, action plans etc. will achieve very little if everyday people don´t change their mindset, start consuming less and sharing more.
Tht´s why my main interest - and mission :) -currently is to find and collect examples of the "Sharing Economy" that could work anywhere- CS being one example - and help to share stories and succesful examples with others.
If this sound too boring fr you: I´´m also interested in alternative music, good single malts, good books, Shisha/nargilehs, and lot´s of other stuff :)
Music, Movies, and Books
I´m an active reader and bookcrosser, and among my favorite authors are Albert Camus, Hermann Hesse and Max Frisch - but also Terry Pratchett and Jasper Fforde.
Im also a cinema enthusiast, I like everything from Akiro Kurosawa, the "Before" trilogy by Richard Linklater, documentaries, and many other movies and directors. Unfortunately cinemas in Georgia, where I lived the last 3 years, would mostly screen things like "Fast & Furios 7", "G.I. Joe- retaliation" etc., so I have some need to catch iup with recent movies
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I beleive that living and working abroad always makes you grow as a person. I´m extremly grateful for the channces I had to live for a year in Latin America, 2 years in Afghanistan and almost 3 years in Georgia. I have met great and extremely hospitable people in all these countries, never trust the pictures painted by the media.
Traveling and meeting regular, "normal" people, gain their trust and listenn to the stories they had to share has often been the most amazing thing in any journey.
Teach, Learn, Share
If you should be interested in climate change, I can actually explain you the Paris agreement, (I)NDC, NAMA, NAP, MRV, Warsaw mechanism on loss and damage and all that other diplomat lingo involved. But trust me, you don´´t want to understand the details of what´s really going on in these negotiations :)
But I´m always interested to share best practices of local action, from carsharing to solar energy supply for remote mounatin areas to... Whatever.
I`ll start working on the promotion of sustainable urban mobility in developing countries (in other words: less cars, more bikes, buses and walking) and am very interested in any stories and best practices from around the world on this.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Normally I don´t need a host, but I´m always interested to meet up with like-minded people, local members or fellow travellers, whereever I go.
Countries I’ve Visited
Armenia, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uzbekistan
Countries I’ve Lived In
Afghanistan, Brazil, Ecuador, Georgia, Venezuela