In my short time staying at Samsø I have already met some amazing personalities. People who have dared to pursue their dreams and break out of the humdrum of their past life by starting over on this small island.
Lazy, backwards and complaining…
Recently I stumbled over yet another debate on what to do about the outflow of residents from the rural areas, the downsizing of businesses and the rise of ghost towns as a consequence of this. The image of residents living in rural areas as depicted by some of the debaters was extremely negative: Lazy and backwards-thinking people who do nothing but complain and expects to passively receive support from the rest of society.
People with guts, courage and passion
Actually I couldn’t help smiling when confronted with this ignorance. They seem to have got it all wrong. On the contrary I find that people living in a place like Samsø have a rare kind of guts, courage and passion that makes them stick to what they believe in: That Samsø is a fantastic place to live, that the benefits of Samsø exceed its shortcomings and that the vitality and future of Samsø is worth fighting for.
Dogme style business
It is no surprise that one finds many people with a great deal of entrepreneurship and innovative spirit on an island like Samsø. The shortage of jobs forces, in a somewhat positive sense, people to invent their own jobs and start up micro businesses. Of course the structural and demographic realities of being on an island are major challenges. But on the other hand I imagine that exactly those challenge and the limitations connected with them can be turned into a creative force for thinking out of the box – almost like what the Dogme concept did for Danish film makers.
A greenhouse for growing business ideas
To put it short: As a newcomer the entrepreneurial spirit and the number of people with creative ideas and a strong determination strikes me. It fosters a unique and inspiring greenhouse for growing business ideas. Consequently, this is a valuable asset to Samsø which should be actively used as an important ‘reason to go’ in the efforts to attract new residents to Samsø.