For generations, Ibiza has been a magnet for explorers and dreamers, attracting creative and free-spirited minds from around the world. They still come, of course, but the islands is attracting an internationally diverse group of entrepreneurs, movers and shakers who not only want to experience all the White Isle has to offer, but also want to leave their mark in a collaborative and sustainable way. Here are just a few of our wonderful friends who are doing just that…
What brought you to the island, Canay?
After visiting a ceremony with the Yawanawa tribe I fell in love with the community, nature and culture here on the island. Before Ibiza I was living in Istanbul and wanted to move somewhere new with my partner and daughters, somewhere where we would be able to breathe fresh air, see the sky without skyscrapers and eat organic. Ever since starting a family I have a new world vision, one in which my children are the priority and fortunately one which we have on the island. I am also discovering my femininity and integrating suppressed creative expressions thanks to the inspiration and energies found here. I fall in love with Ibiza more and more every day.
What do you do on the island?
Currently I am writing a book for my company Children First World which helps children manifest and realise their dreams in a conscious way. This involves travelling around the world as a keynote speaker, promoting conscious business practices and cultural innovations. I also work with Ibiza Fenix as the director of Holistic Education NGO and organise Socratic Dialogues, design sessions and share gifts with my communities here. As a mental projector I love to meet and collaborate with interesting people, something which never lacks on the island, to innovate businesses and expand my horizons of learning.
What changes do you want to see in Ibiza?
The issues surrounding water and the lack of unified efforts on waste management and energy solutions are all urgent issues that we need to act on. My biggest dream would be to be able to position Ibiza as the first ‘Children First’ island in the world, showing how the impact of the radical inclusion of children in design and decision-making processes can awaken the inner child in all of us. We must support design and innovation techniques through schools, co-working spaces and artist networks. I would also love to see a bigger focus on conscious businesses and projects year-round, supported by people who live here but also by individuals with open innovation opportunities on a global scale.
Where do you see the island in five years?
I believe it really depends on what we choose to focus on and how much we want to take responsibility for these developments. With its high energy and inspirational lifestyle, unique but globally inclusive culture, innovative holistic practices in respect to nature and feminine energy, Ibiza holds the potential to be a role model of integral, conscious innovation. For that, we need to focus on children and revisit some of the most fundamental questions in life with their unpolluted creative minds. By designing new life and work models with fresh and good assumptions, we can create a huge effect that can be sustainable for many generations to come.
Where do you go in Ibiza to escape the crowds in the summer and hideout in the winter?
My husband and I generally have gatherings at our house, but if we want solitude we head to the north of the island. I love walks in nature and discovering new beaches – even in the most crowded summer days there is always silence somewhere around the island. This was my first winter here and I prefer it to the summer time! Ibiza keeps on surprising me, and I am so grateful to be here whether it is silent or crowded, summer or winter.