Youth and elders

Video diary from Y&E 2012

When we set sail in June 2012 we were fortunate to have two video makers onboard with us. Ane Mari Aakernes and Seth Reynolds joined us with their full presence and a set of cameras that they used to document our trip. Seth took on the momentous task of editing the material and he recently finished a great 6 minute video that gives you a bit of insight into the atmosphere on our voyage.

Click to see the video on Vimeo.

And thanks again to Seth and Ane Mari for making it come to life. (…)

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Reflections from a sailor


By Anna Hanschmidt,

One sailing ship called Lovis, 31 brave sailors, four countries, the wide field around the topic of youth and elders, seven days of crossing the Baltic sea. For me this sounds like an invitation for stories to be written. This was my thought from the very beginning when I entered the ship.

So then maties, let’s hoist the masts of life and sail into the seas of time…

…with 31 sailors being pre-sent in the future:


I want to share a story with you, yes with you, the one with open ears and an open heart to truly listen to these stories which are written by life. Forgive me if I might forget some parts of the story or if the story is leading you (…)

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Participant’s Blog: Trevor Seery

Hi Youth and Elders,

Getting very excited about this adventure now, cannot wait to meet every one.
I have attached a photo and some words about why I am joining this voyage.

I have wrote a small piece below, it may seem in some way pessimistic in its outlook, it is what first came to mind. I am an eternal optimist, although sometimes a frustrated one. if you want to include it on the blog, please do.

Why I joined this voyage:

“What is young and what is old or elder?, we define young and old by age and the external appearance of our skin and physical capability. In our present society young people from my point of view are not always listened to by elders and vice versa from (…)

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Participant’s Blog: Dave Rock

Why I chose to come:

I think two essential aspects of a healthy, resilient culture, are an open-ness to learn from others, and even be changed deeply by them, and a sense of personal responsibility and leadership. These do not normally thrive in a vacuum; we need to be surrounded by others who are willing to do the same, and we need to be connected to those who can teach us and change us in ways resonant with who we are and want to be. I think comings together in this spirit are reservoirs of fuel and inspiration for taking those steps we believe in. There are many kinds of relationships across difference and same-ness that help fertilise healthy culture, and one of the most vital, and sadly most neglected (…)

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Participant’s Blog: Valentina Catena

Valentina – a very valued participant in the Youth & Elders Project who has also taken part in the planning and preparation of the journey – sent us a letter after we’d spent a few days working together in Copenhagen. It has formed the basis of our participant’s blog where each person joining shares their thoughts on why they’ve chosen to participate.

Read her reflections below.

Berlin, 13/5 2012
On my way back to Berlin, I found myself in need to write down my thought on the Y&E project. I needed to find my purpose.
I think something is shifting inside me. I feel the beginning of a shift from “hosting myself!” – looking inward to what I learn— to an increased sense of responsability… what are my learning worth (…)

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