My Credentials

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Political science holds good answers to important questions. How does change happen? What systems, structures, and policies can result in more equal, peaceful, and inclusive societies? How do we get there?

I find it absolutely fascinating, let me tell you.

Yet if we look at the individual level – the smallest unit of analysis – it requires very different tools. In anything, we definitely need to expand our tool base here: political science alone is not enough.

This is why we need mindfulness. Compassion. Empathy. Befriending ourselves so we can befriend others. Acknowledging our insecurities instead of trying to exert power over others. Sitting with our pain instead of getting mobilised against “the others”.

And that’s why we need storytelling: to use its power to talk about – and to remind ourselves of – our shared humanity.

Through my professional experience, in my studies and less academic pursuit of interests, I have been combining these three areas for some time now, very naturally.

Investigative Selfism is the project focused more on mindfulness and storytelling.

The Exploding Head is a project I run that focuses on politics – but uses storytelling, too.

Interestingly, they are tightly connected: without one set of understanding there wouldn’t be the other one.

I have kept them separate not to confuse my audiences too much, yet you can surely follow both of them!

You can read more about my work and academic experience on LinkedIn. Please do connect, I am always sharing content there!

My current position is with Collateral Repair Project, an NGO assisting refugee and other vulnerable populations in Amman, Jordan. My role is an exciting hybrid one, combining L&D and marketing and communications.

Thank you so much for reading this – I hope you can see the WHY behind this project now, and I hope it resonates with you.

Justina Poskeviciute