Nico Occhiminuti

As part of the blog "Conscious People" by Venitz, we interview the actors of the green transition to find out more about the behind their commitments. Today, here is the story of Nicolas Occhiminuti.

Hello everyone, I am Nico Occhiminuti, co-founder of the Waves of Change Association and Forum in Biarritz.
Today, I dedicate a large part of my daily life to the creation of shared value between stakeholders in the environmental transition on and outside our territory, since this is the specific mission that we have set for ourselves all together with the team. Waves of Change.

My eco-responsible commitment, I owe it to a trigger, an awareness at the end of a long personal and professional journey: between my passion for surfing and the ocean since adolescence on the personal side, and my inclination natural professional side in managing change and transitions (digital, environmental) combined with a taste for creativity, innovation and a partnership approach. At one point, I said to myself that by being what I am, I could contribute in my own way to the preservation of an environment that has nourished me in every sense of the word... Ultimately, we all can. , whatever our journey!

In this sense, I am committed to Waves of Change to encourage and promote key players in the environmental transition (companies, NGOs, public actors, start-ups, investors, researchers) at the local, national and international level to combine their experiences, knowledge, resources and solutions to better respond to global environmental challenges.

The way I perceive the world around me and interact with others has been heavily influenced by ; a year and a half ago in India and five years in the United States, where I was able to understand conditions, ways of working, cultural approaches, relationships with nature, etc. very diverse and yet mutually enriching in the face of increasingly interconnected challenges - particularly environmental ones.

Speaking of India, a little anecdote far from the clichés that we might have: In 2002 we won the Indian rugby championship with the Bombay Gym Khana, a particularly heterogeneous team that year, since it was made up of Indians, French, English, Scottish, New Zealanders, Australians. We had to resolve to speak the same language on and off the pitch, putting big egos aside for the benefit of a simple, shared goal. This experience taught me very concretely how to find and combine the best in each individuality in its diversity, in what way and to what extent this can be realistic and become formidably effective... for the better! Therefore, why not apply it to other simple and shareable objectives such as preserving our environment...!?

I like to think that the desire to support noble causes is contagious. So if I had to give advice to those who have not yet taken the plunge: Giving time to any cause puts you into action differently and will reveal you to yourself from another angle. I am convinced that we only truly succeed by flourishing. Get involved in a project that speaks to you and can help you thrive, even if you're not paid for it. It's your best investment. Behind, you will reap the benefits and develop on a personal and professional level. In any case, this is our experience with the people of the Waves of Change team, some of whom, by working on the collective transition, have even already succeeded in their own individual transition.

However, adopting a more ethical and responsible lifestyle is not a linear process; with Waves of Change, although one of our thematic "Waves" is focused on green IT and responsible digital, we use a lot of digital tools, files, etc. which have a significant impact on the planet. To perfection we have chosen to oppose a continuous improvement of our practices, precisely thanks to the sharing of knowledge and experiences between actors. The mutual benefits that each actor can derive are added to the environmental benefits. This is the concept of shared value that we wish to continue to create with heterogeneous actors who will benefit from becoming aware of the basis of their common interests.
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