Your NameMaria Chiara Camporese
Cohort AssignmentCohort A (Europe, MENA and South America)
1. What do you see as your primary work at this stage of your life?

My primary work as a student is to learn as much as possible of the things that interest me and build solid foundations that will allow me to pursue my passion and work in a way that resonates with my values.

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

As a student my role is to collect knowledge, assimilate it, process it and transform it into practice

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

My goal is to create a framework to integrate forestry into the every days life of people and communities

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

I invested in my university and I invested in my own feeling of what was calling me. I invested into living abroad and not settle for what is normally considered the “right path”. I invested the time and effort to support difficult and non-standard life choices.

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

I think my biggest space of growth now is related to learning how to be the adult I aspire to be and develop a way of working that integrates presence of mind and body, intention in my action, awareness and holistic perception of my life purpose.

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

My fields of learning are forestry, natural sciences, ecology, economy and a bit of social sciences. The thinkers that have mostly influenced my life are Rudolf Steiner and Gurdjeff. Also the work from Masanobu Fukuoka, Vandana Shiva and Carlo Petrini have inspired me to follow the path that led me here.

5. And for professional growth?

Thanks to the help of my professors, I would like to work on the holistic view of forestry that integrates other disciplines and is in constant exchange with humans for the benefit of both humans and nature

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

In my philosophy of life, humans and nature are connected and humans learn how to understand nature, but not only by measuring it, but also by feeling it and being in contact with it. In my philosophy of life humans are a part of the system, not the leaders and destructors of it, they bring good with their actions and they are in synergy with the life cycles.