Starting somewhere

Often when we start - or end up somewhere, it wasn't so clear from the start how and when we began. It might seem to be a mix of sorts. And it can be messy.

Maybe you noticed that what you had been doing sofar wasn't working for you. And you wanted something different, so it would work better for you.

Looking back we can identify some elements which might describe pieces of the puzzle.

**People** Sometimes you meet someone and think - I'd love to do something together. It doesn't matter that much what, you just want to do something together.

For example these guys from Getyourguide I know - they met in university (ETH Zürich), became friends and just wanted to work together.

The founders of GetYourGuide, near their office in Zürich - proto.institute

**A Cause** Other times you really are into a cause. You are passionate and want others to join you to make that happen. Or you meet someone who does and you join.

Save the world from the climate crisis, restore pride and dignity to american manufacturing, you name it.

Greta Thunberg, teenage activist for the climate crisis from Sweden [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greta_Thunberg] - proto.institute

**An Activity** And sometimes you just love what you do, your craft. That is your focus. You love woodworking - building furniture, boats, art. You just have to know everything about programming. You are passionate about sales, talking to customers, understanding their needs and selling to them. You love making music, playing an instrument, writing songs and performing them...

The Beatles, an iconic rock band from Liverpool, United Kingdom - proto.institute

**A Product or service** You design an automobile and start to produce and sell it. You see what Amazon is doing in the US and you build the largest ecommerce platform in China.

Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba, the largest ecommerce company in China. - proto.institute

**An audience/users/customers** You love to work with children, as a teacher, a sports coach, a social worker etc. You care about engineers - helping them communicate with management. You live for years with chimpanzees to study and better understand them.

Jane Goodall, a primatologist and anthropologist from the United Kingdom. Considered to be the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees. - proto.institute

**A Place** Or you find a place which you love and say: I want to do something here, let's find people to work with.

Jose Maria Arizmendiarrieta, the spanish priest who ignited the economic development of the town of his parish. - proto.institute

The priest José María Arizmendiarrieta found that his parish in Arrasate (in Spanish, Mondragón), Basque country (Spain) badly needed economic development. So he helped set up schools which resulted in the Mondragon workers cooperative .

# What resonates in us Maybe what they have in common, is that something resonates in us. It tells us: this is what I would like to do, like to be. This is what is needed right now.

And when we find us together with some people, we start communicating, finding out and deciding where we would like to go - possibly Deciding together.