Do you know the moment when you are at a reception with people you do not know? The easiest way to break the ice is to ask: who are you and what are you doing?
Then I answer: my name is Sofie. I have a word shop in the centre of Bruges. But as soon as I want to say that I am also busy with faith, church buildings and spirituality, I start to falter. The problem is that I want to make it clear to the listener that he or she should not hear words such as faith and spirituality too narrowly, not too Catholic and certainly not old-fashioned, that it is about the essence of life, broader than the Church and Rome and what may and may not allowed.
It would be easier if I were a gymnastics teacher, because then an animated conversation about healthy living and the need for exercise will certainly start.
But I found a solution to the stuttering. If someone asks me who are you and what do you do, I now answer: I have a word shop and I am also a perspective developer. Aha, people say, that sounds interesting.
It gives me the opportunity to explain that a society not only needs economics and culture, but also philosophy. That it is about something we all share: searching for meaning and the need for places where big and small life questions are not laughed away.
And that is why I would like to tell you about 2 perspective projects: Symposion and YOT