1000 petals by axinia

the only truth I know is my own experience

The illusion of projects April 15, 2009

(image by me)

Project is one of the main form of today’s collaboration. I guess almost everyone has been participating at least in one project, at work or as a volunteer. Projects are fascinating because they have a powerful creative element as well as a great team feeling. Generally people like to be involved in projects, although there might be  1000 underwater stones and problems.

I have been working on projects of all kinds  since 10 years, and I turned to be a good project manager mainly because I knew whom and how to involve. Over these years I have experienced and realised quite a number of things regarding working in projects and I thought of sharing some thoughts with you here.

The biggest secret about a project is that it is NOT about achieving a result, although people totally fall into the trap of this illusion. Obviously any project starts in order to bring some change into life, to improve something or just to create a joyful happening… Whatever it is, try to keep in mind that it is not the aim of the whole thing. But that is really the biggest trick about it all: project participants concentrate on “doing” and often start “hating” each other because obviously everyone has a different working style and when the deadline burns, the nervousness grows… So if achieving the project goal is not the real aim, then what is the goal you may ask me?

Yes, the real aim (again, this is my personal experience based conclusion) – is to learn how to lovingly collaborate with each other, to grow together in overcoming difficulties, to develop the collective body and simply – to evolve in it. When the project is over, people are of cause happy about the results (which are mostly successful), but they are even more happy about having worked and learned with each other!! That is a big surprise at the end, but unfortunately it is something that becomes easily forgotten when a new project starts and again the pressure of achieving some goal makes everyone angry. (more…)


A unique blog about Russia July 2, 2008

 image by axinia (landing in Moscow)

How many good things do you know about Russia? If you google “Russia positive”  – you will find mostly the news about HIV positives in Russia , if you try it with Google page on “Good Russia”  – there are more sceptical than really good news either.

Russia has been and still is a mystery for the rest of the world. Basically it lays on the Russia`s national policy: as a self-sufficient country, Russia sees no need in self-promotion (as some other countries do). That is why so much of the fascinating information remains unknown to the non-Russian speaking people.

Seeing all that, and actually being fed up with the negative news on Russia, I decided to start a special project – a multy-authors Blog under the title “1000 things you never knew about Russia”.  Actually I was planning a post “10 things about Russia you never knew”, but discovered that 10 are too less – these are innumerate facts and interesting observations… May be I will still start with this post here, on 1000petals – but the blog will be created too!

I am looking for the co-authors (Russians who can write in English) or Russophiles 🙂 It can become a big thing, and a very valuable source for many researches and just curious souls. It wonder if it would be possible to make such a blog to the opinion leader in the field or  – another possibility –  if would be possibly banned (even by WordPress, like this one – an American writing about Russian Women)…

So basically that was a short promotion of something that does not exist yet 🙂 Hope with your support I will find out how good this idea actually is.

Thanks and LOVE, axinia


I am a blog-mama! May 22, 2008

  image by vova

Once upon a time one lady-researcher introduced blogging to me (thanks God, it was WordPress that I learned). Since then I have been badly into blogging – increasingly.

I started with the idea of emancipating women from emancipation (Shaktipower) and then realised that I can/want actually keep more than one blog – because there is much more I want to share.

Intrestingly, my feeling of a blog in the beginning was like of a home where I invite people to be my guests and to share with me the delight of life… I even wrote a post on that – The sense of Blogging. Some more time passed and I noticed that my attitude to blogging changed – now I feel blogs are like my babies 🙂 I feed them with new content, check their health (stats and comments), take care of their looks and of their friends… A very parential attitude, isn`t it?

It has been 1,5 years since I startet blogging and the number of my babies increased considerably. Today there are 6 of them: (more…)


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