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Feb 20

A few days and the year is gone… farewell, 2010, welcome 2011!

A few days and the year is gone… farewell, 2010, welcome 2011!
I know, I wrote so rare this year. The time is flying faster and faster. There are many things that happened. In my life and in general.
It was a tough year, we lost people we love. But I don’t like to talk in public about family. Family is something special for me so I like to keep it private. I suppose I’m not the standard Facebook guy..

So let’s see, what about other things. For example my lessons to fly – covered in my last post. It was fun for a few months to do consultancy. I learned that is not exactly for me. I’m kind of a perfectionist, I like to focus on long term projects where you can build. Doing consultancy is not exactly building strong. Is more a kind of a mercenary thing. You do whatever they ask, you don’t care for long term. You don’t build, you deliver in time and budget ;) Now you should not understand I’m not doing consultancy anymore. I still have the consultancy business and when I have time and I like the project, I’m taking jobs. But definitely, I like long term involvement. Only in time you can really build true values.
To make it short, my last clients, at the end of August, offered me a position I couldn’t reject (hence my consultancy work proved to be successful ;). Many asked who are these people. I liked to keep it kind of a private for now. We are in stealth mode. The company is small but is having a lot of potential and I’m thrilled to help them. The position I took is Director, Web Marketing and Customer Experience (I didn’t update my LinkedIn profile yet). This means I touch almost all departments. Which is good. I can help them to build strong. And is long term. And we will have results. I learned a lot at BasicGov. Now I’m going forward, my experience more than doubled. I’ll come later with a separate article about what we try to do.

eLiberatica – probably the most important subject the readers of this blog are looking for. We will try to do it again. Is tough, the times are not favouring it; Romania is in an economical downturn. The entire world actually is like that. On the other side, the times are asking for more of these actions. Is a whole need toward openness. We are learning that technology changes politics and our own live. Look at Wikileaks scandal. An entire world divided. Look at Internet and what some are trying to do. Where are we going to be in 10 years from now?
I would say eLiberatica and events like it are necessary now more than ever. Facts? I’m doing my best to help Agora to gain the power to organize together again. I also have a few other proposals, with other open source organizations from Romania. We will see. Is not only about that, is about me too; can I sacrifice this time again – take it from sharing it with my family and donated it for this cause? Is it worth? I hope so. Sometimes I think Romanians are their own worst enemies. But perhaps this things are not definitely. There are still many good people there.

About me and Canada. More time is passing, more I love this country. It is amazing how people from so many parts can leave together in peace. Is the proof this is possible. I met here great people from all over the world. I also met or read about really bad things. Drugs, killings, and so on. There is no perfect place. The most important is to feel home and safe. My heart is still in Romania, but I start to feel home here. Strange.

Wish you all Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.

PS – I rarely write on this blog, but I twitt daily. If you wish to keep in touch, you find me there http://twitter.com/LucianSavluc

Below, some bits of 2010…


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Feb 20

Learning to Fly

When in our vacation to Mexico, me and my friend Gelu used to have long chats about  our life and freedom – you know, those vacations chats; what if we wouldn’t be obliged to pay our mortgages, our cars lease and do day by day the same things: wakeup in the morning, bring kids to school, go to work and dig-dig-dig, turn back, eat, do stuff, go to bed and again.. and again..
We concluded that you still have to be in all of this – unless you won the lottery.
But.. you still have some freedom to change things.

Each of us are dreaming to change our lives, to have more freedom, to travel, to learn new ways, meet new people, do  the work that we enjoy most, do something that adds value to our passing lives on this earth. Kids are probably the most important thing each of us achieve. Still, you wish more. Would be this the mid-life crisis..?

The fact is that when I was back, I decided is time to do a change and try something that would be more diverse, and ad more flexibility in my life.
This change would be first of all related to the job – the place where you spend at least 9 hours per day, not to count extra work and commuting (actually you spend at work more time than you spend with your family day by day).

Farewell BasicGov

And I decided is time to take my chance and try consultancy. Pick the projects I like and where I feel I can make a stand. Eventually work from distance and all those things you dream (pick a place where the water is warm and you don’t count the sunny days – and work from there for a few weeks/months ?).

To make the story short – here I am, since May, doing consultancy work for different organizations. Is different, I don’t know if is better or worse yet (there are pluses and minuses), but at least I’m trying.
Because I think each of us is having the duty to try and fulfill own dreams. Even if you passed 30s or 40s or 50s..

More learnings and findings about it will come in a longer article I hope.

Till then, I’ll post daily on twitter as usual (@LucianSavluc), put pictures on Flickr and keep my new presentation website – Centri.ca – updated.
I hope soon I’ll announce some good news about eLiberatica 2010 too.


Wish you a great summer!

PS – Some of you would still enjoy “Learning to Fly” …is never late.



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