There's one thing that could be synergistically as impressive as thousands of people singing at the same time (as Estonians of course did 20 years ago to regain freedom) -- and that's the sound of thousands of eestimaalased thinking together, which will happen on May 1.
Last year the Teeme Ära project was devoted to a one-day trash cleanup that produced visible, dramatic results. This year the project, recast as Minu Eesti (My Estonia) is casting its net a bit wider. The idea is to have 400 "thought chambers" across the country -- in schools, community centres -- that will brainstorm on 18 basic themes.
I don't often sound the recruitment horn, and being a natural sceptic, I did initially think it might be a unwieldy format. Even knowing how successful last year's trash cleanup action was, I feared May 2 could dawn with a 20,000-page document that will be referred to reverently as "the minutes" or an acronym like MEAK. After all, isn't criticism often levelled at the fact that there are too many plans and development plans of all sorts in Estonia?
But there is a methodology for making sure that these meetings all work the same way, so that people don't just talk past each other. And I suspect another idea here is just to get people to meet -- and people to keep on meeting.
It certainly should be the case for the English-language-speaking community. I don't really go out to pubs anymore, for example, so I miss out on a big slice of the socium. I'm not sure what the size of the expat community is, but there are a fair number of "foreigners" who have bought farms, for example, often they have settled here with Estonian families. I know a guy down in Veriora that I'm not sure many other English-speaking expats know -- he doesn't mix that much, preferring to do the authentic thing. These people often have liberal arts degrees, business experience -- and they know how to renovate a sauna. Would be great to have them on board.
In any case, I think English is simply a great language for getting work done in, and for brainstorming in. I will be taking part in one English-language group in Tallinn (as long as it doesn't coincide with the annual Lake Viljandi 12K race).
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