European Pirates Have a Board With Amelia at Head
Even though formalities are important all the pirates present were not happy about them:
“I wanted to complain about how much we can get to spend creating structures, it was a general rant, but the European Parliament seemed as a good place to do that. […] All morning long we had been hearing about boards, chairs, treasurers, delegates, boards, those structures that more often than not tend to be a barrier more than a resource” – Luis Cuerdo
“One of the most important factors of the conference was the… human factor, the way people interacted and collaborated. Social scientists would call this ”the social capital”, which is what is missing from our brutally devided societies. It was not only the intriguing panels and the discussions in the corridors of the European Parliament, but also everything else outside the so called ”euro bubble”. Self motivated people, who worked together to create, discuss and make a difference! It was the brainstorming over beers, the late hours over laptops, the peacefull, inclusive and productive meetings, the creative and imaginative workshops, the playfulness and so much more! All these among a new generation of thinkers and brilliant policy makers of the 21st century, who could actually share, care and be trully open!”
About Stathis Leivaditis
The English “pirate” is derived from the Greek word “πειρατής” (peiratēs) and this in turn from the verb “πειράομαι” (peiráomai), “I attempt”, which is a derivative of the noun “πείρα” (peîra), “experience”. Coming from the depths of the centuries, the word “pirate” took on another dimension in our days. The ruling classes saw pirates as rebels and hated them. Rebels without a state, they were not submissive to any law, except from the laws they instituted themselves, improvising together. This is the feeling of a Pirate: when something doesn’t work, you have to attempt to bring a new concept. Sometimes it goes beyond a certain point and perhaps exceeds certain limits, because it is an expression of challenge; the challenge to change the system. I’m a member of the Board (and former chairman) of Pirate Party of Greece, also a member of press team of PPGR, former journalist, now a free lancer. I'm in the team of Pirate Times from the start, I joined voluntarily and consciously because I am interested to meet pirates from around the world, to exchange views and spread the pirate spirit.