Meet a Connector: Diana in Bucharest, Romania

Diana Cocoru is a Connector in Bucharest, Romania who recently reported back on her Team’s first meeting.

“Connecting is my definition,” says Connector Diana Cocoru. “Although I didn’t know until recently.”

The 26-year-old Bucharest local makes a habit of knowing lots of things, though.

With three Bachelor’s and two Master’s degrees, experience working with the European Parliament and African social change network Kabissa, and proficiency in three languages, Diana brings a lot of valuable resources to her Team and community.

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Bucharest’s Victory Avenue
(photo courtesy Wikipedia/Creative Commons)

Equally important, she’s coming to her work as a Connector with the right mindset: she wants to connect people while remaining impartial.

I have always been a conflict mediator in my family, and any team I have coordinated or led. Actually one professor in secondary school told my mom that never ever has one person managed to break into all the smaller groups in our class. It was not my purpose anyway—I was just asking and speaking with all people, not paying attention to the invisible borders between the groups.

I have bridged resources with those who needed it. I have learned diplomatic networking and saw how important it is to know that A is looking for something and B can give it and the satisfaction of bringing A and B together.

From my short experience on Idealist, people who surface through this [Network] are all very strong personalities with good resources. It is important to know when to let other Connectors organize, express, change, and not put your frustration in front of it. It takes maturity to do this.

For Diana, Romania has nothing to lose and everything to gain by becoming a part of the Network:

Romania is too closed as a nation, still lacking trust in the other. By getting involved in this initiative, perhaps people will get to know “there is another way.” Nowadays society doesn’t wait for the political people to act in their interest. Through Idealist, I see people confirming this phenomenon of “taking my life in my hands, because I can.”

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Field Report! Team meeting in Bucharest, Romania

Last Sunday afternoon, the Bucharest, Romania Team met in person for the first time.

Diana Cocoru tells us how it went:

We have finally made it! Two Connectors (Diana and Radu) of the Bucharest Team managed to meet face to face and discuss our way forward.

To let you know a little bit about the Idealist supporters registered in the Bucharest team: we currently are five passionate people, out of which only three are based in Bucharest. One is in the North of the country and one is based in Spain. However, we are happy that when we virtually get together, distance has no meaning and our common language is openness, motivation, acceptance and optimism.

Until now, we have had two online meetings and we plan to continue to organize weekly online meetings (every Monday), at least until Action Groups are launched. At that point, we plan to create and get involved in the Groups which will support several causes that some of us have already foreseen, in order to get from ideas to action and implemented projects.

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Diana and Radu meet face to face

We have also asked ourselves how would our Team function once the Groups are created and the Connector Team would risk to get fragmented and therefore lack certain coordination or cohesion. In order to avoid that, we are planning to organize monthly meetings with the Team, having the objective to share lessons learned, as well as resources (people, ideas, materials), which were discovered in each Group where we would be involved, and which could be interchangeable and useful to other Groups as well.

We have agreed that it is very important to hold our Connector Team kernel together, because this will be the real support to build trust, encouragement and move things forward at our local level.

Meanwhile, we are still getting used to each other in our Team, knowing that we are different personalities and temperaments and we have also proved to have different work styles. But this is only an added value to our Team and we can definitely build a sustainable architecture on it.

Greetings from Romania,
Bucharest Team

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, Diana. Thank you and we’ll look forward to your updates!

If you’re in Romania, check out the Bucharest Team page. If you’re not, look for a Team—or start one—near you. And if you’re not a Connector yet, learn all about it and sign up here.

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