What if listening to each other deeply, in circle mode, could radically shift our way of connecting and acting together as humans and citizens? What if it were as easy as child play? Would you give it a try? This is the invitation embedded in our one-of-a-kind podcast project; CIRCLO: daring to listen!
Jean-Louis is 72 years old, and has 13 grand-children. If his whole life as a public health doctor on all five continents has taught him anything it is that if you encourage people to listen to each other deeply, dream and join hands to act together, there is no challenge they cannot overcome. Including a health threat. So when covid broke out and he saw the way his country and much of the world was proposing to deal with it- with top-down injunctions and very little public conversation- it made him angry. It made him want to act. To share his trust in local responses and his dream of what our world would look like if people, communities and organizations joined hands to act together from a place of shared humanity, and thus shared responsibility. He wanted to speak with young people as they are the actors and guardians of what is right for today, to shape their tomorrow. Jean-Louis’s initial spark encountered the energy of Kimia Studio’s team. Somewhere in Schaerbeek, a small studio shared the same dream : "what if the content we produce could lead to social change ?". Musicians, artists, sound engineers and directors working together with one goal : quality content for qualitative change. This meeting has turned into a one-of-a-kind bilingual project; CIRCLO: daring to listen.
So one guy is a medical doctor with a passion for trusting people and their local response, we’ve got a girl who is a film and theater director, a guy who’s a hybrid between a director, a photographer and a producer, another girl who’s in love with authentic human connections poetry and collective intelligence, a guy who’s a fan of big-impact campaigns and into philosophy and anthropology, another girl who is super creative and loves projects aimed at making a difference. They get together to make a one-of-a-kind fully Belgian podcast. They’re very different, which makes them super complementary on the one hand, and sometimes impossible to work together on the other. They try, sometimes fail, and they grow along the way. They practice what they preach, and get together for real conversations in deep listening circle mode. What they create is bigger than the sum of their parts. And that makes them happy :) - meet the team!
Because diving into the unknown is better than doing nothing Men and women, young and old, grandfathers and mothers, lawyers, school teachers, journalists, people from all walks of life living in different countries came together to support one man’s crazy idea: that one way through the chaos we are experiencing right now was to sit down, talk to each other deeply, from the heart, and record our conversations so that they may inspire others. This group of women and men were the first “trailblazers” of this adventure. Courageously carving new paths in uncharted territory, they decided to support a budding project with no clear view of what the final object would be nor of how it would be used. The project is now CIRCLO: daring to listen, a one-of-a-kind bilingual podcast crafted as a tool to encourage deep listening and spark open-hearted conversations.