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Together once again

Finally, it was time to see each other in person for the first time since 2019. Before Covid hit, we used to have a meetup twice a year, and during the pandemic, our team changed a lot, so roughly half the team had never seen each other in person. We were therefore very excited to finally spend some time together and fortunately, almost everyone was able to make it. We chose Seaton Carew in the UK and we were not disappointed! A beautiful sea view was welcoming us in the morning and a long beach promenade prompted plenty of walks, where we would discuss a big variety of topics (from global warming to favourite pizza).


We wanted to make the most of our time, so we held 2 meetings a day, discussing various topics, then at night we would cook and eat together, and do some activities. We went bowling, played charades, participated in a local beach clean up and also few members of our team were brave enough to go for a swim in the rather cold sea.


Before the meetup, we also talked about how to reduce the carbon footprint. Unfortunately, it was not possible for some team members to choose a different method of transportation than plane, however, I think we did a decent job ( Corstian chose to come on a bike from the Netherlands, UK folks chose the train, and Ondrej chose to take a car all the way from the Czech Republic). This also prompted a discussion, where we decided that our future meetups will have not only a monetary budget, but a carbon footprint budget as well.


There were a few challenges as well, the biggest one perhaps was to try to make the meetings work for people who weren't able to physically come. They would join us on zoom, however, it wasn't optimal, as they couldn't participate in some activities. So that is definitely something we have to think about and try to make better in future meetups.



Overall it was an amazing experience, which brought us closer together. I was also pleasantly surprised, that although I haven't met most of the team yet, it felt like I knew them well and I felt like I was surrounded by friends and I am looking forward to the next meetup already.


About the author

Jana Pialkova

Hi, I'm Jana Pialkova, a versatile professional with a passion for sustainability and a knack for juggling multiple roles. As a Team Assistant, I wear many hats, from finance and marketing to handling administrative tasks. My diverse skill set allows me to support my team effectively and contribute to our success. In the world of finance, I help keep the numbers in check, ensuring smooth financial operations and resource management. When it comes to marketing, I bring creativity and strategy to the table, helping to promote our mission and connect with our audience.

But it doesn't stop there. My heart truly belongs to the planet, and I'm a staunch advocate for the circular economy. I believe that every little effort counts, and I'm dedicated to finding sustainable solutions in all aspects of our work.

Outside the office, you'll often find me exploring new corners of the world, immersing myself in a good book, and savouring the simple pleasures of life over a cup of coffee. I firmly believe that a well-rounded life leads to better creativity and productivity.
Let's work together towards a greener, more sustainable future. Feel free to reach out—I'm always up for a chat about sustainability, travel, or the latest book recommendations!