Nothing Personal

A chance to meet inspiring people from around ECOLISE

Please introduce yourself by telling us your name, where you come from and where you live?

My name is Ana Huertas. I am from Madrid, Spain and I am living in Cardedeu, Barcelona.

What are you working on?

I am working with Red de Transicion, Transition Spain, the national Transition Hub and am the coordinator for the Municipalities in Transition project. I am also the vice president of ECOLISE. Those are the three main things. If I had to list everything it might take up too much space!

Why are you doing this work?

Bearing in mind the current situation in the world and our systemic crisis and the responsibility of human beings in that situation and their capacity to respond to it, for me there is no other choice. I want to work towards a world where we regenerate the resources around us. I think it’s important that we regenerate the connection between us humans and the rest of the world around us.

What are your biggest challenges?

I think the first is being 100 per cent coherent in my lifestyle and how I work. So much of my work is online and I travel as well and even though I think it’s for a good cause it’s not completely in line with what I preach.

One of the biggest challenges is to engage people in this work. The message we carry in the Transition movement is one of hope but it requires people to look at a reality that is quite grim and to become conscious of it. This is not the most welcome in a culture of consumerism and individualism.

The other challenge is of getting more people to work together. This can be difficult and challenging. There are always issues around power and access to resources.

The third big challenge in this work is getting the message through to that power – policy makers and those who have control of scare resources and getting them to change their mind about how we are operating as a species and that we could do better.

What lesson or lessons have you learnt from this work?

The first lesson is that we need to find effective spaces for collaboration between movements. It might be that we each have our own methodologies but even if we can’t collaborate all the time we need to find the space to do so.

The other lesson is that coming from the grassroots it’s always difficult to have meaningful conversations with those collectives that do have power – policy makers, businesses.

What are your hopes for the future?

For the more immediate future I would like to see us put care at the centre of the way we do relationships between humans and the rest of the world, not money or personal gain. I would like to see care in the centre of politics and as community. This includes integrating more feminist values and diverging from the kind of patriarchal, capitalist society that we know.

And that as a species we dare to do what needs to be done, to increase our connection and empathy and reverse the harm we’ve done so far.