Tuesday, January 25, 2011

CITY life? QQQ

Dear All,

It is the last post before Paris trip! Thank you for your best wishes. Yes, i assume that you all wish the best.

Who pushed me to write this post is my boss. No, he doesn t read my blog! While we were talking about masters i applied, he just told me ... is a good uni but the city is like a village and has only one center . Yes, he is living in Istanbul which has 10 city centers at the core of the city and probably 10 more at the periphery. He added that LOndon is the only goood city to live in UK. No offense! He is a good guy.

But, this bugs me. i mean i like small cities. Easy transportation, less planned life in terms of timing, less rush, less stress. And it goes in harmony with my sustainable life without pushing it hard. i can walk more, i can buy from local open markets, i can live in a smaller area without any need to go far away. On the other hand, i can t imagine to settle down in a small city for good. Why are the big cities that attractive, especially Istanbul?!

My inside rightminded voice screams that "if you want to pursue your sustainable life, you should live in a small city!"

Questions to be asked:

1) Can't we turn big cities into smaller one?
2) Are the attractive big cities attractive because of the system which repeats "more is better" motto everyday?
3) Do we need to move to smaller cities or is it possible to live sustainable lives in big cities?


PS: Please let me know if you have an answer to any of these questions. (You can send a mail to didigetsgreener@gmail.com)
PPS: No worries. i won't think about these all the time i ll spend with my friends in Paris. i ll enjoy:))

Monday, January 24, 2011

ACCUSED!!(Trias Energica & Thriller Video)

Dear All,

As i mentioned before, YsN sent me a mail explaining a rising issue in energy use. TRIAS ENERGICA. I copied directly from their site not to give any misleading info.

The 3 elements of Trias Energetica are:

1. Reduce the demand for energy by avoiding waste and implementing energy-saving measures;

2. Use sustainable sources of energy like wind, solar power and water;

3. Use fossil fuel energy as efficiently as possible and only if sustainable sources of energy are inadequate.

For more info, you know what to do:)

About that "reducing" part, i want to say something from my side: i m getting crazy. On Friday, my colleague BsK sent me a video that she thought i might like. i like TED Talks, and this one is about the journey of a plastic bottle. Not hard to guess, it tells you how "you" are affected but,more impoartantly, how "poorer people" are affected. Poorer people part was interesting and disturbing like Haneke's films. He, the speaker, with a bit of accusation, told that "You think you are a better person when you carry your plastic bottle to the recycling boxes. i am sorry you are not! You already use a bottle!"

Am i too sensitive these days? Ok, maybe it is normal me that i m abnormal. At least my roomie thinks so!


1) i still don t do shopping! i m writing this part most because this is the part that i have done best!
2) i ll not be around after Wednesday! miss me:)
3) i ll definitely clean my closet when i m back and give everything away! (note to my self!)


Friday, January 21, 2011

HerO vs TribE

Dear All,

Sometimes it is really amazing how the things are connected. AnU, my talented, creative friend from GreEn Forum posted a TED-talk on our website. You have nice time for 20 min when you watch. This was about how things/ market conditions changed since Henry Ford and how we can spread the thoughts. However, it is also about if we should spread our thoughts to everyone. Should we do all the work alone? Be a leader and teach everyone? From one to many? Instead, the new way of doing things is suggested: TRIBES.

We all live in a community who want to be in contact with each other. It can be folk group, firemen, dad club what-so-ever. So, don t try to tell everyone, just find people who cares without pushing. i don t know if it is a dream, but if not -even if it is-,i m into it! 'cos trying to convert people from who they already are is tiring.

It was somehow connected to talk we had with Si. i don t remember how we started to talk about that. HEROs. Gandhi is one of the people who inspired me when i watched a documentary film about his life. Inspiring part was he took him serious. He was really the change he wanted to see. However, he is not 'the' person for me. (MTD, there can be many 'the ONE', and you know it, we made that talk in C.P:P) i m inspired by a friend, mum, grandma, sister, a kid, a talk... Back to Gandhi, Si told me that he believes more in people who do everything silently. It isn t necessary to be well-known to change something. Try to do something around you, release your message without an intention to be active. These two are not absolute contradiction from my side.

So,let s make an experiment! i won t give you the details, actually i have just decided to make an experiment while having an inside talk so i can t.You may be the part of experiment as well. i ll tell you what i learn if i ll learn anything.

Reasons to be happy:

1) 1/7 of my applications completed! Check!
2) Special thanks to my supportive roomie!
3) Gratefull to get a comment from aunt BET and ECE!


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Open Innovation?

Dear All,

These days are fruitful days that sometimes i hardly decide what to write and where to start. Yesterday, i got a mail from my very dear, hardworking, helpful and selfconfident friend YsT who is studying on Green Buildings in his MSs in Holland. He wrote me that he follows my blog (YAY!) and it is good to see what he is doing with his life in a written form in my blog. He also told me about a new concept, prehaps new to me and old to him, that i decide to write these days. You may ask so why i made such a long introduction if i ll write about that later. Yeah, i just want to share with you guys, he likes it:P

On the other hand, yesterday, i talked to my lovely Si who was ,i m sure, supportive about what i wrote, in his deep inside but having some difficulties to paraphrase his encouraging words loudly! Instead of my writing capabilities, we talked about being a HERO which was soo related to TED talk that ANU, handmade clothes producer friend from Brussels, shared on our GEF page. But, i ll write about that later as well:)

Today, i want to make a little introduction to oen innovation. When i was an Erasmus in Holland, innovation was one of the classes and that open innovaton concept was one of the most interesting topics (No my lovely Si!i m not ranking:P)! Unlike closed innovation, open one is open! Let me explain it a bit more.(What a ridiculous sentence! i mean who even try to stop me!)Yes, normaly with Intellectual Property Rights, patents, copy rights, every thought that comes to our minds first are kept as our property. i m not going to discuss about if it is right or possible in this highly open world, but instead i ll give you the link:D

Lessons to be learned:

1) You may feel a bit lazy when it gets closer to end while writing!
2) You may appreciate this that at least you are aware of and can make fun of!!
3) Though, i m not sure if people appreciate!!!


PS: My roomie is BACK!! Just to say :P
PPS: i know open innovation does not seem realted to green at all, but believe me it is! i ll write to answer why/how questions within days. Promise (to myself)!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

GEF- Thanksgiving Post

Dear All,

Yesterday, Li, ElI and i had a skype meeting. It was a catch up meeting and ElI made it possible to feel i was again in Brussels. i was soo excited with the projects that i was doing, so i guess i was even faster than normal-times me. However, as we did in Brussels, it was supposed to be a slowing down process. i felt like an arrogant student who thinks she knows every possible question and does not bother to stop herself. Ok, i ll skip this part, because there are some other good news that i want to tell. i ll continue my inside talk later (silently).

Since we were 12 representatives in Brussels, it might be easy to be in contact. But you know, after everyone turns back to their lifes, although you keep talking about amazing days you spent there, you might not be that eager to share with the people who organized that workshop; how grateful you are, what you experienced there, how it changed your attitudes. Unlike any other seminars that i was part of, they did not let that workshop be in the memories only. Therefore, that was an important skype meeting.

ElI told us that LeA is working on our workshop metarials to come up with a concrete summary. Later than, we will use them as base source to answer "So, what is green/ sustainable enterpreneurship?!". Besides, there may be a facilitation workshop in summer. YAY!

Lastly, i ll write about open sources and open innovation tomorrow!

Reasons to be happy:

1) It is great to know there are other people who spend aminute to think about how valuable the experiences we have.
2) It is great to feel breathless! Although it seems fake sometimes:)
3) It is great to write 100th post!YAY!!


Monday, January 17, 2011


Dear All,

Yes! i was at the mall yesterday. It was really gooooddd!! There were two shifts and we had 2 meetings seperately with around 45 people each time. Yes, someone needs to be at the food court while some others are at the meeting:)

Good things:
1) People who work enjoyed!
2) i enjoyed a lot!
3) It was really interactive and at the end everybody had chance to say or perform something at least for once.
4) They seemed convinced to do it properly, although they have some question marks about rush-hours!
5) i have further plans about malls!

Less good things:
1) Despite of being convinced, their priority is to finish work on time with lesser effort. i guess they need to be motivated more!
2) Doing seperation in less rush hours and letting it go at the weekends seem normal, rational and as it is right way to do to workers and their supervisors. Reinforcement and improved monitoring system may help to increase turnover.

Reasons to be happy:

1) Seeing an article about "25 ways to be more creative" on a newspaper while it is raining heavily and you are not in a good mood since it is just 9am and you have to be awake on Sunday morning.
2) Reading that article, and realizing that all things that you do to postpone your other works triggers your creativity! YAY!! i ll stay as i am!!
3) Having had an eye-opening talk with aunt BET while drinking tea, in the same heavily raining weather!! Priceless!

Hope you enjoy your life as much as i do mine!

Saturday, January 15, 2011


Dear All,

As you know, i am going to shopping mall tomorrow one more time. i am curious about possible outcomes. But, there is something i feel more curious: what do municipalities want to do?

Normally, which wastes are recyclable and what cicumstances are needed are pretty known two questions. As i wrote you before, contaminated papers are not recyclable. Therefore, you need to treat them seperately. Otherwise, you can only collect very-clean wastes with paper like water bottles. It is still better than nothing but if you want to collect garbage seperately from the food court, it is impossible to recycle any other plastics like tops of Starbucks's glasses since they are already contaminated unless you collect plastics seperately.

From me to municipalities: C'mon!!!

Lessons to be learned:

1) Be prepared to be surprised!
2) Always think about other possible options!!
3) Sleep well:) (i figured out that it is one of the possible options:P)


Friday, January 14, 2011

Each day is a new day!(tagline-to-be)

Dear All,

i might seem too romantic to you with that title, but i have a good reason to be like that: i was with my dearest Fa after a looooooooooooooong time since he is working like hell and i am always somewhere else:) He is such a good friend who can listen your love stories each and every time from the begining patiently. And not only love stories... Stories of any kind! So, this time he listened all my projects-to-do!

Tomorrow, i ll go to shopping mall again to make "rehersal" of workshop. It ll be my first time to talk about recycling and why it is important and what the right way is to seperate garbage(the definition of garbage is different but you know what i mean). i hope it will work and i can make it fun as possible as it can be. Sunday, we ll see, and no need to say that but... i am so positive about that:)

Next week, i ll be spending more time on skype... Yes, even more:) There will be discussion sessions with friends from Legendary-Brussels-GEF-Workshop!

And, we are planning to finish writing Book-cycling project on Sunday!!!
And, somehow, i ll apply for scholorship that i was waiting for the last 6 months and finish my MSs applications.

Who said 8 hours of sleeping is crucial for being in shape? Yes, it was my roomy:) Seems like 5 hours will be enough! Then i ll be super relaxed in Paris!!! YAY!

Reasons to be happy:

1) All things listed above!

One more thing then i ll sleep(yes, i thought it is as of importance for you to know that i ll sleep, at least for my roomy!)
i want to thank my encouraging, wise, lovely aunt BET to make me realize that every life story has to be lived. You can learn from others, but to come to the same conclusion, you may need to make some of others' mistakes as well!


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Good News!

Dear All,

These days deserve to be recorded! Finally, i become busy again like in old days:)

i am busy with the project i told you about shopping mall. Today, i was there! Everyone was so kind. They let me to see backstreets of that mall. i should say, i underestimate what has done about recycling in malls. In the one that i went today, they already have infrastructure. Of course, there is still room for improvement, especially about increasing awareness of workers who collect garbage. However, other than this part, they already have signs, seperate boxes for different kind of wastes, and experienced board members.

Soooooooo, i ll go there again on Saturday to have further info and we ll organize kind of workshop for employees on Sunday!!! Seems like my dream is becoming true! YAY!

Also, we started to write project proposal of book-cycling event with Heys for the school where she is working currently! i ll write the details of that project if it works. So, be ready to read within 2 weeks! Yes, we are more like "doers"! That will be a greeeaaatt project! Can't wait to see happy faces of children! (i and Heys probably will be happier than kids for sure!)

i can t stop smiling due to some other things, but i ll tell them later. Now, i need to talk to my EZ:)

Reasons to be happy:

1) i again find the best place with best people!
2) My students like my classes:)
3) i am surrounded by people who i love!
4) i have plans to travel... for new experiences again!!

Keep fingers crossed!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

peaceful day

Dear All,

i would be one of the luckiest people on earth. Today, it's been exactly a year that my dad is in a better place than this globally warmed one:) One more time, again and again, i am thankful for 22 years that i had been with him. Although i don t remember the details of the first years, i m sure i was a happy baby! Proved by many photos:))
What can i say? i would pick the same dad and mum and sister if i had a chance to choose!

i also would pick the same friends, if i had ... Oh wait, i already had and still have that chance! Then, a biiiiig applause to me for picking the right people! You may be wondering what happened this time to make me that happy! As i wrote you, as a girl, i have a dream... of seperating garbage of a shopping mall:D i love myself!(you probably already notice it!)

Today was a big day! i went to talk to shopping mall and left my project proposal and i ll go on thursday again to talk to operation manager! (Now, you are supposed to have a surprised, proud, happy face! sparkling eyes are more than welcome:)

So, universe, or at least the people who are reading these lines, do your best to send me helpful, best wishes! This is how good friends behave:)

Lessons to be learned... No! Reasons to be happy:

1) i have a great family! (including all my cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents!)
2) i have great friends who always wish the best for me no matter what!
3) i have a great Si:)


Sunday, January 9, 2011

Upcycling and New Year Resolutions by JOY!


i am sorry i could not write for few days, but finally i can write about JOY's resolutions and upcycling which i found sooo interesting!

To start with JOY, i m sooo into what she wrote about the book 'Eating Animals' and her mum's dumplings, but beyond those, i highly recommend you to make kind of list that she prepared for herself! You can read it by clicking here. my favourite is the first one! i kind of want to say the same thing to myself: don't do, because it is really annoying!

About upcycling, i first heard that term in one of the documentaries that i watched in November's challange. To be honest, i am not a handy person: i can not make wallet out of tires, i can not use broken credit cards as accesories by making a little adjustment, i can not reuse old pants to make fashionable bags! That is why i adore people who are that creative and patient and talented. However, i read an article in the newspaper(in Turkish) about upcycling. In this upcycling way, you do not need to do anything by yourself, you just need to BUY... not the machine but its use right. i don t know if it is right wording. The process works like this: you pay for a washing machine for 50,000(i made up this number)use. When you complete 50,000 laundry time, you return your washing machine and firm receives it back to start upcycling process. So, you don t send your machine to landfills, they examine the machine, use the parts that are still functioning in other machine's production processes. SMART!

Lessons to be learned:

1) Be positive! (note to myself!)
2) Search for the new ways which passively make people live in greener standards while keeping them in their comfort zone!!
3) Create your own 'to-do list'! Don't be lazy DiDi!


Thursday, January 6, 2011

Feeling the change!


New year has brought miracles or maybe it is just me who wants to see it in that way.
Guys! This month is gonna rock. (Si, i am not kidding!)

Normally, i did never have a list for the new year. Ok, i would not say never probably. This year, i have. At least, for this month.

This month's challange will be to convince a shopping mall's responsible person to develop waste seperation system in the food court. This may sound like an unnecessary or exhausting work to you, but believe it or not, it is my dream...

Yes, sometimes i have some weird dreams!
Wish me good luck, because on TUESDAY i ll go to meet a person from one of the biggest shopping malls in Istanbul. Yes, finally i got a chance to talk at least. You see, it is such easy to be happy!

Lessons to be learned:

1) Never stop trying!
2) Appreciate when it is deserved! So, biig applause to me that i almost finished writing my SoP!
3) Don't watch 'Copying Beethoven' after midnight! it can cause an unstoppable feeling to run, scream, dream at the same time!


To whom it may wonder: i still keep my first and 3rd months' challanges. unpacked food has not been that successfull project for me these days!

Tomorrow: upcycling and JOY!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Best Wishes & Si!


This year has come with its all new projects. Actually, i carried them from the last year, but i carried the hope as well:)

Cross your fingers, please!! i ll write you day by day if any of my plans come true! If not, i still write! Sounds like free market: you can decide either to buy or to buy! i m sure you are looking forward to reading all my plans!

Lessons to be learned:

1) Don't be late to tell people 'best wishes for the new year'!
2) Don't be late to tell people 'best wishes for the new years'!!
3) Don't stop dreaming, stay as a kid!!! (Little Prince effect:D)


Note to my lovely Si: i am not bored that easily(unexpectedly:) and i m full of happiness and hope, enough for planets, sun, moon, people, universe! still, i.l.d!