Your NameAlessandro Battista
Cohort AssignmentEurope Summer-Fall 2023, Cohort 1
1. What do you see as your primary work at this stage of your life?

Until now I have mostly worked as a sustainability and innovation consultant for different organisations, however this is something I am moving away from. I'm in the process of leaving my current job by the end of August as I am struggling to find the right motivation within this line of work.

2. What role do you see as yours to play?

Help people to achieve their fullest potential.

3. What goals or aims do you have in regard to the above?

This role is something I've recently clarified so I am at the starting point of the process. I have communicated that I'll be leaving my current job as it has nothing to do with this objective.

However, throughout my life I have always been in a position where family and friends come to me when they are in need - this is mostly related to personal issues or to clarify where they want to go and how to get there. Even if I'm still very young I would like to explore how these connections with people can help them to become whoever they want to be. The clear steps on how to get there are still unknown to me...

4. Where do you feel your next arenas for personal growth are?

I have always been passionate about philosophy so I kept learning and studying traditional and contemporary philosophers after university. I want to deepen my philosophical knowledge even further so my intention is to start a masters degree in September 2024. This will either be focused on epistemology of natural and social sciences, or on the foundations of metaphysics.

Social growth - many of the ideas and solutions that I want to empower are very hard to communicate so I think there's a still a lot of improvement to be done from my side to express these in a clear and effective way. This also relates to the ability of finding common ground with whoever you are communicating with, which is the starting point for any meaningful exchange of ideas.

5. And for professional growth?

Aside from what has already been explained I still want to play an active role in the sustainable development of our society. Until now I have focused on doing this by helping large organisations to innovate and incorporate clean technologies, but I cannot ignore a feeling of superficial action in most of these projects.

My experience of working with corporate clients has given be great insights into how the business world operates, but it does not include enough depth for me. That is why I believe the focus should be on people and their potential, to then be able to change mindsets and spur positive action from a more human and conscious standpoint.

6. What have you invested in to get you where you are?

Time and energy! I am still very young so I have not invested too much yet 🙂

But I've been discovering and experiencing different cultures in the last few years (I have lived in the UK, Switzerland, Spain and the Netherlands) which has made me move a lot and sacrifice stability at certain times.

7. What fields of learning and which thinkers have been important in your life?

Nietzsche is definetely the thinker I have read and studied the most. It has influenced my life since I was 15 when I started learning about his ideas from an amazing teacher I had at boarding school! However, his "enemies" within german idealism are also of interest to me, especially Hegel.

I have also read more contemporary philosophy with a focus on postmodern thinkers who criticize contemporary society, culture, and thought. The ones that have shaped my ideas the most are Baudrillard and Xavier Rubert de Ventós.

Also, I have truly enjoyed to learn about Thoreau's life and ideas as his way of expressing the connection with nature is something that has stayed with me. And last but not least... BILL REED! I started my journey into regenerative development by watching his lectures and his ideas are stuck in my head since then.

8. Can you frame your philosophy or cosmology of life? What role(s) do humans play in it?

Very very hard to put this answer into words, but the starting point for me is based upon emptiness and nothingness. I don’t mean this necessarily as a negative thing, but I have come to understand that where we normally assume or think there are metaphysical foundations and a base for existence, belief and understanding, there’s just perception and subjectivity. This allows me to play a more active role in shaping my reality and taking responsibility for the things I can control.

Within this perspective I believe everyone has a crucial role to play. When these feelings of emptiness take over, there’s a certain clarity in the uniqueness of each individual and his/her will. When we are able to see through the fog and realize the symbols presented and imposed on us via society and culture, which make us think that our ideas and reactions to these are original and ours, we open our eyes to a brand-new perception.

This being said… I consider myself a spiritual person who thinks that the relations between beings and what comes out of these interactions composes each of our realities. Because if our surroundings are shaped by our perception, and our perception is shaped by our surroundings, where does being (to be in itself) stand?

Date CreatedAugust 21, 2023