“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
I want to take this quote by Will Rogers as an inspiration for this week, in which I have the honour of curating the @CatalanVoices Twitter account. As I see it, Catalonia is on the right track to achieve its goal of holding a referendum where the people of Catalonia can freely decide about its future. But this won’t happen if we just sit there: all the people who are interested in Catalonia reaching that goal need to contribute to it, be it through politics, through civil society organisations, or by creating awareness among family and friends about why an ever growing majority of Catalans don’t see fit within the Spanish state anymore. For me, it’s a great and exciting opportunity to be able to contribute to reaching this goal as a curator of @CatalanVoices.
My name is Roberto Lorente. I was born in Zurich, Switzerland. The story behind is a story of migrations. To keep it short: In the late 1940s, my father’s parent’s migrated from Murcia and Cordoba (Andalusia) to Barcelona, where my father was later born. In the late 1950s, when my father was still a kid, they migrated to Switzerland. In the early 1970s, during one of the journeys to visit the family in Barcelona, he met my mother, whose family is from Lleida, Catalonia.
About me: I work as a project manager in an asset management company. I hold a BA in Business Administration and an MA in International Relations. Apart from the Catalan “cause”, I am also very interested in topics such as corporate social responsibility, sustainable economic development, international politics and all things Colombia, the beautiful country where my wife is from.
I have been a FC Barcelona supporter ever since I can remember. And even though I’m not living in Catalonia and therefore can’t attend as many games as I would like to, I’m a Barça member (“soci”) – of course, it’s a matter of the heart!