The goal of Orevida is to create a global and connected ecosystem, which enables us to initiate a sustainable change in consciousness in society, in order to escape the current everyday negativity.
Almost every individual person exchanges time for money or other forms of “rewards” – e.g. grades or recognition – and is subject to evaluation by other people or groups of people. This often results in the pressure to want to satisfy these people in order to get the desired “reward” without paying attention to themselves. The negative consequences that result from this can often be observed in everyday life. In addition to general dissatisfaction and a negative mood – especially with regards to one’s own employment – the striving for a work-life balance and financial freedom has increasingly come into focus. Employees increase their workload, for example, in order to finance their next vacation or to be able to quit working life early. However, these “ways out” of the negativity of everyday working life contain one central weak point: They are just a form of compensation. The underlying problem of dissatisfaction is subconsciously ignored and the consequences are simply postponed. The approaches thus only represent a time shift of the negative consequences. In addition, the (time-limited) compensation can intensify these consequences, so that one often finds oneself in a negative spiral.
The general pursuit of recognition and approval is reinforced by social media, which acts like a catalyst. The focus here is often not on a transparent self-presentation, but on the presentation of a lifestyle that is often linked to material and financial wealth. The presented content may seem worth striving for, but the applied positivity is often so unrealistic that it creates a kind of parallel world. The increasing importance of this parallel world – especially for children and young people – must be viewed at least critically. The conscious hiding of everyday situations that do not fit into the positive context or the perfectionist representation of one’s own life leads to a strong distortion in the perception of the actual circumstances. The digital self-portrayal and the associated external evaluation of one’s own life by other users has a negative effect on one’s own social life. Interpersonal relationships and close friendships fade, while virtual acquaintances, the number of followers and digital encouragement in the form of likes dominate everyday life. The focus is often on “quantity instead of quality”.
This is not an exclusive phenomenon of modern internet culture, because this trend can also be observed in business. Too many companies rest on past successes and try to skim off significant profits through the highest possible sales figures instead of further developing the company and its products or services. Instead of using the available resources for innovations and long-term competitive advantages, short-term financial success is prioritized. The stagnation is exacerbated by unmotivated employees who are often dissatisfied with their situation and reduce their individual effort to a minimum. The same can be observed in educational institutions, where the focus is placed on excessive curricula that are so extensive that the children and young people are forced to “test learning”. This systematically undermines sustainable learning and the acquisition of important skills.
The education system, which is a key success factor in promoting innovation and forms the basis for personal development, has another significant weak point: the way in which mistakes are dealt with. It is undisputed that mistakes and setbacks are inevitable in everyday working life. Even so, the education system is designed to systematically punish errors – e.g. through bad grades or failing exams – instead of tolerating errors or even deliberately provoking them in order to promote individual problem-solving skills. Those affected are thus motivated to avoid risks and alternative, unconventional approaches instead of using their creativity to solve problems. There are almost always limits to creativity in practice, but this is what makes it possible to find new perspectives and approaches.
Work and education should not be perceived as a necessary evil, but should always be combined with fun and individual passion. People who have found their calling and who are passionate about their jobs voluntarily invest their time in further training and improving their individual skills. The goal should therefore be to create an environment in which all people are supported from an early age to find their passion, to continue their education and to acquire the necessary core competencies. Continuous development and the correct handling of setbacks make it possible to set increasingly ambitious goals and ultimately to achieve them. If mistakes and setbacks are tolerated, it encourages a general willingness to take risks and makes it possible to learn from mistakes and grow from setbacks. If value-creating actions are combined with suitable, unconventional approaches, this has positive effects on society as a whole.
In order to be able to call this situation a reality, it is imperative that prejudice be abolished. We are convinced that society as a whole will benefit if everyone is given the freedom to make their own career decisions without having to justify themselves to others!
It is noticeable that the majority of people are aware of this negativity, but that there are only very isolated approaches that actively deal with the solution of this problem. That is why we have made it our mission to create a movement in which those involved work for a more pleasant togetherness and a sustainable and value-creating professional world. In order for us to gradually come closer to this goal, it is first of all necessary that an extensive education of society takes place. Instead of only referring to the negative situation, our focus is on the presentation of practical solutions. We show that even small changes in your everyday life are enough to bring about a positive change. Our self-imposed educational mandate consists of helping people and companies to identify their central problems and to develop the relevant problem-solving skills in order to achieve long-term competitive advantages. This is done by imparting knowledge, transferring skills and thought-provoking impulses.
Digitalization shapes our everyday life and brings with it changes that affect the most diverse areas of our lives. This also applies to the way in which we form and accumulate knowledge. In the information age, almost any piece of information – including specific specialist knowledge – is just a few clicks away. Together with growing automation – especially in production companies – this means that the requirements of the working world for future generations are changing, in some cases significantly. Having a high level of expertise is no longer enough. In the following years and decades it is more a question of individual problem-solving skills. The challenges of everyday work are becoming more and more complex and predefined linear action schemes are no longer sufficient to solve such problems. People who are able to understand complex issues and use their creativity in a solution-oriented manner will have an advantage in the future. Unconventional and creative action makes it possible to cope with situations in which existing patterns of action fail.
We are convinced that the linear transfer of knowledge, as it is currently customary in the various educational institutions, is no longer up-to-date under the aspects mentioned above. A central aspect of our work is to help people to be curious, to question critically and to create their own urge to educate and develop themselves. For this it is crucial that mistakes and setbacks are not condemned, but tolerated. In everyday professional and educational life, mistakes and setbacks will always occur and it is therefore important that people learn to deal with them properly. If you anticipate such failures and do not allow yourself to be discouraged by them, but rather learn and grow from them, they form the basis for successful action in the future and promote personal development.
Dealing with mistakes and setbacks in this way is a central part of our self-image at Orevida. In addition to creating an environment that is free from prejudice, general tolerance and mutual support are of particular importance to us. We are convinced that everyone can make a valuable contribution to society and we support everyone who puts value-creating actions as their number one priority.
This value construct is the yardstick by which we measure our own actions. All operational activities within the Orevida corporate structure follow the principle of mutual support and are geared towards sustainable and value-creating action. In return, we also demand this from our customers, partners and all the other stakeholders involved.