29/04/2020

Bread for tomorrow

These days of confinement and prudence are proving that it is enough for bakeries to open from nine to one. Four hours that provide people their daily bread, and allow the bakers to bill almost the same and spend the rest of the day resting, learning or fornicating. All apparently healthy activities, especially if a good balance is found between them.

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Bread is a staple food that is part of the traditional diet in Europe, the Middle East, India, America and Oceania. It is prepared by baking a dough made mainly with cereal flour, water and salt — Image Unknown Author

In the future, we will work four hours a day instead of eight. It is very possible that there will come a time when someone think of opening a bakery that it will be open eight hours, in case there is someone else who prefers to buy bread after hours. But that bakery will not have many clients, because by then everyone will have embedded in the deepest part of their brain that working eight hours is too much, because in the name of freedom —of schedule, in this case— is forbidden for an entire sector that perfectly fulfills its social function —the baker— to lead a varied and healthy life in which, in addition to working, they can walk, get bored or enjoy themselves.

Those four hours will end bringing happiness to the bread industry, which will spread throughout society like wildfire. By working part-time, twice as many people could do it, and so, in addition to income for bread, accommodation and taxes, most of people will have time to research, love each other or do nothing. To live slower. No hurry. As they want.

It is also quite possible that the future is absolutely different and the planet becomes in something similar to Blade Runner, full of moisture, giant ads, hustling androids, oriental food and many bakeries open 24 hours. Perhaps that plan is also ok, after all Blade Runner is a very successful film and it is natural to suppose that what happens tomorrow will depend on the performance of the people of today, on the enormous amount of microfutures that they constantly provoke with their decisions: what movies they see, how much they buy, how they travel, what they spend their hours on.

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‘Mi trabajo en realidad consiste en humanizar políticos’

—Oscar Camps es socorrista, empresario y activista, conocido por ser el fundador y director de la ONG badalonesa Proactiva Open Arms. Era propietario de una empresa de salvamento en Badalona, al lado de Barcelona, llamada Proactiva Aquatic Services, que se dedicaba a los servicios marítimos, principalmente seguridad acuática y socorrismo.
En el contexto de la crisis de los refugiados y la Guerra Civil Siria, cuando miles de personas perdieron la vida tratando de llegar a Europa, Camps decidió trasladarse a Lesbos, una isla griega ubicada cerca de Turquía, para evaluar la situación sobre el terreno.
La clave que lo empujó a ponerse en movimiento fue la publicación de las imágenes del cadáver de Aylan Kurdi, un niño de tres años que se había ahogado al intentar realizar el viaje con su familia. Como la empresa tenía mucha experiencia en vigilancia de playas, él y algunos colegas decidieron aplicar sus conocimientos sobre salvar vidas para ayudar a rescatar a los refugiados que intentaban llegar a la Unión Europea a través del mar Egeo. En septiembre de 2015 decidió fundar la ONG Proactiva Open Arms.
Medios de comunicación de toda Europa informaron sobre la actividad de la ONG en Lesbos, y como resultado Camps visitó el Parlamento Europeo para hablar en nombre de los refugiados.
Fue nombrado Europeo del Año 2019 por la revista estadounidense Reader's Digest en reconocimiento a su 'gran labor humanitaria, habiendo rescatado a más de 59.000 migrantes desesperados de las aguas del Egeo y el Mediterráneo en tres años y medio'.

‘My work is actually about humanizing politicians’

—Oscar Camps is a lifeguard, businessman and activist, best known for being the founder and director of the Badalonese NGO Proactiva Open Arms. He was the owner of a lifeguard company established in Badalona, ​​near Barcelona, in Spain, called Proactiva Aquatic Services, which was dedicated to maritime services, mainly aquatic safety and lifeguards.
In the context of the refugee crisis and the Syrian Civil War, when thousands of people lost their lives trying to reach Europe, Camps decided to go to Lesbos, a Greek island located near Turkey, to assess the situation on the land.
The key event that motivated him to get moving was the publication of the images of the corpse of Aylan Kurdi, a three-year-old boy who had drowned trying to make the journey with his family. As the company had a lot of experience in beach surveillance, he and a few colleagues decided to apply their life-saving knowledge to help rescue refugees trying to reach the European Union via the Aegean Sea. In September 2015, he decided to found the NGO Proactiva Open Arms.
Media from all over Europe reported on the NGO's activity on Lesbos, as a result of which Camps came to visit the European Parliament to speak on behalf of the refugees.
He was named European of the Year 2019 by the American magazine Reader's Digest in recognition of his 'great humanitarian work, having rescued more than 59,000 desperate migrants from the waters of the Aegean and the Mediterranean in three and a half years'.

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Political scientist and expert on topics such as citizenship and governance, public management and public policy analysis and also on issues such as social inclusion and exclusion, city and public space, civil society and democratic innovation projects. He was the director since its founding in 2009 of the Institute of Government and Public Policy at UAB. Author of several books, studies and academic articles on these topics, is a regular contributor in the media as El País or eldiario.es. Besides his work as an academic, teacher and writer, Joan Subirats is an active member in democratic innovation projects and participation in civil society. The most recent and vivid, Guanyem Barcelona, a citizen platform that reacts to the political, financial and governance current reality to a process of collective construction of the city at all levels, which is one of its three main speakers along with Ada Colau and Jaume Asens. A strong initiative, a project of reappropriation of the city and politics by the citizens.

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