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Summer of 2020 with EIT Climate Kic Journey

With Covid-19, this was one of the most uncertain summers in my life. At the end of my spring semester, I had no clue whether I should take up a summer job (if I get one), go back on a vacation to India, plan a vacation across Europe or just chill in Sweden. And apart from this, there was another most exciting plan: EIT Climate KIC Journey.

FOUR WEEKS OF TRAVELLING PROGRAM ACROSS EUROPE FOCUSED ON CLIMATE ACTION, INNOVATION, SYSTEM THINKING AND COMMUNITY BUILDING.

The focus word being“Travelling”. But Coronavirus broke our hearts with the program being converted into digital. I was sceptical about the quality and efficiency of the digital program, but I still wanted to give it a try and I did. And the four weeks just ended, and these 30 days was all about meeting amazing people, gaining new perspectives about world problems, and having fun.

I never had expected a digital program to be this fun and impactful.

Previously (precovid era), the participants travel together across cities of europe, working together on challenges of climate change. I was supposed to be at Dublin, London and Budapest. In each week and in each city the agenda would evolve from sensemaking during the first week, analysing and visioning in the next week, followed by experimenting and prototyping and finally planning action. The same approach was adopted in the digital setting too.

The following sentence will seem a little boring, but this was something I was looking forward to every day. “We used to sit in from of our laptops from 10:00 am to 17:00 pm from 13th July to 7th August”. It was interesting because there was amazing workshops, live projects, and more importantly meeting awesome people (participants, coaches, facilitators, hosts, startup founders). This was evident when we stayed back even after 17:00 and chilled out on zoom having beers together.

After the program I was experientially exposed to systems thinking, communicating about climate emergency to common people, working socially and politically, design thinking, creating and amplifying impact.

During one of the workshops
Our action group interacting with a organic farmer in village in Assam, India

And the best part is I now have great friends across Europe and few friends outside the continent too, who talk to the same weird language as me – That climate change is an emergency.

In the following weeks, I will continue to write about EIT climate kic journey, how to apply to it, the personal impact it created, and also about my projects during the journey. Do comment if you found the program interesting and have any questions.

Vivek Anandbabu
Hej, I am from India currently pursuing Integrated Product Design at KTH. Moving to Stockholm has given me an opportunity to explore the new city like a local yet maintain the awe of a traveler. The vibrant KTH campus and its activities are itself a treat to a creative and aspiring mind. Join me on this journey of stories as we meet amazing people, exploring the innovation and sustainability pursuits happening throughout the KTH campus and the historical treasures of the city and the ways of employing jugaad to survive on a budget in one of the most expensive cities.

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