Love With a Capital "L" - The value of co-creation

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Cara Boccieri

As the founder of Akamae, Cara Boccieri lives with remote refugee communities on the Thai-Burma border. Her work focuses on connecting creatives and refugee artisans to co-create change.


Q: What does it mean to be a humanitarian, and does that word resonate with you?

A: I certainly have some personal (negative) connotations with the word “humanitarian” simply because it’s used in regard to our model of charity (“humanitarian aid”). This is something that I spend my life challenging the notion of.

I find that our current humanitarian aid model is one that creates ongoing dependency and deficit. It is a model that excludes people from our current economy (an economy being a system in place which we humans use to express value to each other). Our humanitarian model tells millions of people that they are not worthy enough to enter our system of value.

Can I make my own definition for “humanitarian”? My own definition of humanitarian is to put the highest value on human connection and the experiences we co-create together, as one.

So, yes, I am that type of humanitarian!

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Q: You talk a lot about co-creation. Can you expand upon this concept? What does it mean for you?

A: Co-creation is a way of being with ourselves, our environment, and communities. It is based on a foundation of human connection and Love, and is a process of uncovering this within ourselves in the process of connecting with others. 

Co-creation can be of ideas, projects, products…anything. Our focus is on connection, Love, and the space that this creates. Co-creation requires us to surrender to the process and trust.

Co-creation is a way of being rooted in abundance and worthiness because this is necessary to thrive as humans. And when we are thriving humans, we are—at our core—creative humans.

When we feel abundance everywhere and in everyone, we stop acting from a place of pity, privilege and imbalance, and instead act from mutual benefit. In this way, our model of co-creation is different from our current global model of humanitarian aid.

Q: Have you always had an appetite for global living and learning? Why?

A: Yes, I have. The idea that I was presented with (as a young person) of living a particular way of life, a particular way of experiencing myself and those around me, didn’t mesh with me. I have no judgments about choosing to live this way or any other way; however, I always felt that there was a lot to learn, to experience, to create in exploring the globe and its people.

I Love to challenge myself and I Love to challenge others around me--and perhaps that was my first big challenge: to create a different way of life, one of global living and learning.

Q: What does your creative process look like? Do you have a ritual/s or does it happen spontaneously?

A: It comes down to creating a space, an environment where I (or others) thrive. At our core, we are all creative beings. And when we design an environment supportive of our needs, we thrive and our creative energy is flowing. For me, I Love warm weather, nature and water. I need solitude with myself and connection with nature.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention here that there is nothing spontaneous at all about my monthly cycle, which provides me with a very clear calendar of my days of creation.

So, it's like a formula: create the space + know the cycle = become a channel for universal creative energy.

Q: What are you most looking forward to in 2020?

A: Is it almost 2020?

Right now, I am doing a lot of planning for our upcoming retreats and trainings, so that is definitely on my radar.

Bringing people out here and cultivating connections with self, with this Jungle, and with creativity, all while inviting remote communities to enter our economy through sustainable business - is certainly my happy place! So, 2020 sounds good!


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