What I’ll never be ready for is the failure to achieve, to be denied the chance to make a difference. I despise waiting, fed up with the immense disappointment that futile efforts bring, leading to a state of mind that’s challenging to overcome.
08:39We’re beginning our descent.
In conclusion, it’s about the destiny that awaits me. Just like life and death, some things are beyond our control. Life takes its course, and we can only adapt, sometimes gaining unexpected returns even amidst our struggles.
HOW TO PROCEED AND WITH WHAT?
Though I hadn't planned my future around winning, I had ideas on how it could have aided me.
FIRST, the translation of my UPCYCLING book, acquiring more exclusive rights for its photos, and arranging its publication. This seems uncertain now.
Additionally, I thought to scout agents from various core countries for distribution.
To be clear, I authored a professional book on upcycling last year, guiding crafters, students, and professionals in understanding the circular economy, its impact on their field, and the opportunities it presents. It also includes insights on post-consumer upcycling and how to begin.
LET ME EMPHASIZE THIS CLEARLY!
Upcycling is not merely a hobby or a trivial pursuit. The belief that it cannot be scaled up to industrial levels is something I strongly refute.
Upcycling is a process that should be applied at the end of every single product's life cycle stage, i.e. it doesn't happen at the end of the life cycle, but at some point in it!
Circularity in design, production and recycling will never become reality if we dont have people who would do the work!
There are very few people in the world who have dedicated their time and skills to this matter, and the Nordic Council's decision to reward an activity that produces a single aspect of one production phase is depressing.
I have done the work, I have walked the walk on a path that so many ”grafty” professionals are on or still trying to find. Actually, there are miljons of them all around the world.
They too are trying to find their next step on the path.
My aim is to create that step! A community of professional upcyclers, eliminating the struggles I faced alone for nearly twenty years.
This experience taught me to manage disappointment and crystallize my vision. My international group on Facebook has reached in these past few days almost 10k people, many of whom have expressed interest in learning from me.
Regarding my future, it remains uncertain.
**Nevertheless, I would like to share what I would have said in my acceptance speech, as it seems even more relevant now:
Your Royal Highness, esteemed members of the Nordic Council, and esteemed guests, I am sincerely grateful for this recognition.
My journey in upcycling and the circular economy has led me here, yet it's a gateway to something deeper.
We all seek our purpose in life!
For that we must pause, evaluate our values, and find ways to serve rather than exploit.
Find your path like I did. Change resides in each of us—here (pointing to the heart).
I stand as proof of immense human potential, regardless of our perceived size. With your support, anything can be scaled to an industrial level. Thank you for this honor. I eagerly anticipate collaborating with each of you.