Hi all! I'm Patrick, from Kult. It was a pleasure meeting some of you in person during the ILP Summit and seeing how this community is open, accessible, diverse, and eager to learn with each other.
I have to say, I still don't know if the weekend gave me more friends or learnings xD
First of all, the connection with the community was really remarkable. Something that made me feel really happy and proud was seeing so many diverse people coming together, sharing experiences, laughs, learnings, and good moments.
When showing Kult to you folks, I received a lot of powerful feedbacks and insights. I discovered, for instance, that there is an Indian version of Kult, called Bingeit! It was surprising and funny finding out that 2 people had the same idea in opposite sides of the planet. We exchanged ideas, experiences, problems, and we both left with the certainty that we are in the right path.
With Agnostipay, SnakeNation, People's Clearinghouse, Beats by Girlz, and others, I found friends and potential partners for the future. Thanks guys for the amazing time together!
It was also special to see a lot of people interested in our proposal to connect ILP to PIX. That gave us an extra clarity of being on the right path (oh, and we will come back with news about this soon ;D)
One of the most important takeaways for me was watching former USAID Chief Diversity Officer Erin Brown's speech about the 5 P's of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Policies, Practices, Programs, Partnerships, and Public Accountability - if I got it right, there is an extra P, which is People.
DEI requires more than words. It requires action through processes, strategies, and planning. And it is paramount for every organization in today's world, mainly to promote greater financial equity and inclusion.
Seeing in person how different projects are working to make this possible is inspiring.
The ILP Summit 2022 was unforgettable and I'm looking forward to meet you all again in 2023!