Kreshnik Loka is the Local Branch Officer in Albania of the Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO). His commitment to youth policy was established during his work at the National Youth Service (NYS), part of the Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth of Albania where he was in charge on international cooperation with a special focus in the Western Balkans region. His work at the NYS had a major impact in promoting RYCO before its establishment and in the implementation of pilot youth exchange programs. He contributed in creating a strong bridge of cooperation between civil society and public institutions working on youth. His engagement in both civil and public sector has shaped his experience and strengthen his activism towards youth issues.
|1. Who are you when no one’s looking?||Overthinker.|
|2. What is the quality you most like in a human?||The ability to listen.|
|3. What spells adventure for you?||A camper and the possibility to go and live anywhere.|
|4. If you were imprisoned and were allowed only one book to read, what would you choose and why?||The book I would closely carry with me would be “The Lighthouse keeping” by Jeanette Winterson and to explain why I would like to extract the following part:
“Some people say that the best stories have no words. They weren’t brought up to Lighthouse keeping. It is true that words drop away, and that the important things are often left unsaid. The important things are learned in faces, in gestures, not in our locked tongues. The true things are too big or too small, or in any case is always the wrong size to fit in the template called language.”
|5. Have you ever felt excluded? (When? Why?)||Every day I try to be a member of my family, of the community I leave in, of the nature I am part of and every day I feel, on different measures, excluded. Before I go to sleep I try to make peace with exclusion because is true that everybody is unique, I am unique and a diverse society is just a summary of unique individuals.
At the end, the only stereotypes that make you feel excluded are the ones you create for yourself.
|6. If you could change one thing about the culture you live in, what would it be? Why?||The tendency to measure somebody’s life based on other’s achievements. I believe modern culture should be serving to humanity in raising self-sufficient individuals.|
|7. If you could come up with the world’s best invention, what would it be?||To invent a machine or application that gives the possibility to humans to be in many places in one time.|
|8. What’s the best way to earn another person’s respect?||By always keeping an open mind and give to individuals the chance to be themselves.|
|9. What’s unforgivable?||Repetition of the same behaviors. I believe there is a certain number of times you can make a mistake and still call it that way. After a while it is just a part of you.|
|10. If you could have a dinner with any person in history, who would it be and why?||I would for sure love to have a dinner with the Italian journalist and writer Tiziano Terzani and discuss with him how he detached himself from material goods and had a life of success and harmony.|
|11. What is for you a ‘must see’ place in the Western Balkans region?||The beautiful south of Albania. My personal favorites are some (thankfully) forgotten beaches where you can reconnect with nature and understand how much we are taking it for granted.|
|12. To which song you are keep coming back to?|