Mehdi Majidi is a professor of socio-economic development. He teaches a range of areas relevant to today’s complicated world: the meeting of different cultures, how ethics can apply to the bottom line, how to help our planet survive repeated environmental assaults.
Between Brazil, Kazakhstan and China, he gives Arbol his thought about bringing together students, thinking groups, NGOs, international organizations. About looking at present-day concerns to turn around how people think about tomorrow. “There is a sense of urgency about the future: The political, the social, the environmental. More awareness is created everyday but is it enough to face the challenges ahead? I would so like us all to know that whatever we do, it has to be now, right now.”
“It’s important to see that everyone today stands on shaky grounds. We connect in cyberspace but also chase our own tail trying to imitate what we see as successful people. In Astana, in Sao Paulo, in Bangkok, we post selfies, we go on Snapchat, we tweet, but we’re never fulfilled.”
“I deal with the young every day. I find them admirable. Everything is doable. Extreme sports as much as putting together extraordinary social entrepreneurial ventures like what I’ve seen in Morocco: a small town where everyone sets to work, funding cooking schools and technology classes through the creation of a circus on par with Cirque du Soleil, though without the means. Every show is packed!”
“Life is more complicated today. It’s not only the ice cap that is fast melting. Speed is in every single process, our every relation, to ourselves, to each other, to our society and our planet. Applying the utmost ethical way of dealing with these shifts become essential. Also doing it in a sustainable repeatable pattern that we can replicate anywhere. How to do it, I think, is by banning condescension and getting to the heart of cultures, what makes people tick, how does one approach the differences with both respect and understanding.”