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The U-Turn

A Manifesto for COVID-19

As events such as COVID-19 or the Amazon and Australian fires keep challenging us on different levels, they can also help us reframe our perspective on many existential assumptions that haven’t been addressed for a long time. Is all this happening for a reason? Is it happening with no reason at all? Maybe time will tell. Meanwhile, here are a few of our ongoing thoughts.

First and foremost, in regard to the novel virus, we wish for you and your close ones’ health and safety. It is important to get ready for this new reality, whatever it will turn out to be. In order to slow the spreading of the virus as well as the panic it creates, we all need to both listen to the authorities and focus on spreading reason, empathy and unity instead.

Secondly, this moment in history is clearly an opportunity to shift the global discourse in a way that could have a direct effect on how humans act on this planet. As we speak, around 7 billion people are all having similar thoughts addressing both personal and universal matters. Like never before, we are all confronting our deepest fears as our realities rapidly change.

Just a few months ago we attended a conference led by Nobel prize laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus – one of the most insightful voices in the current social and environmental movements. During his closing speech of the event, Prof. Yunus suggested that right now humanity as a whole needs to do a U-turn. He says that the next decade is crucial in ensuring the future of this planet and society. From the questionable priorities of our governments, financial systems, etc – we humans are going in the wrong direction and it is time to turn around.

Now, in order to turn around you need to first slow down. Interestingly enough, isn’t the virus making us do just that? Shutting down airports, drastically slowing down the private and the public sectors, and keeping us all at home?

Could it be that this is exactly the time to start the U-turn?

Will everything go back to normal once Corona is over or will we manage to take the chance and fix at least some of the mistakes we’ve made over the years?

How can we, as people of the world, use this moment to realign and set new priorities and agendas?

Regardless of any possible connections between COVID-19, climate change, the upcoming financial crisis and the urgent need to update the role and agendas of governments, NYADO will continue to search for ways to support and promote the ones who follow a constructive mindset in addressing all the challenges mentioned above, bringing some light to our society and suggesting ideas and actions. We will do more music, online concerts and will continue to feature more incredible people – the heroes of our time – and share their adventures and visions. The Mission to Earth will continue, and we will keep sharing our educational toolkit with schools and kids around the world. Now more than ever, they need support and inspiration, rather than panic and isolation.

If you’re an artist and you have a message or a piece of music that you want to light the way for people in their homes; if you have an idea, a vision, a project that you think can inspire or help people, share it with us now and together with our network, we will do what we can to support it.

During the Mission to Earth, we learned about the U-turn the hard way. We went searching for a new planet for humanity. It was only when we slowed down that we understood that the only place where you can truly find answers is back home, within yourself, where everything began. So we turned the spaceship around and decided to go back!

It’s time to value our home, our families and our planet; to stay united in these times of separation and appreciate what we often take for granted; to find creative ways to use our time and redefine our focus; to express love in a time of fear and disorientation. Together we can make the best out of this moment.

Keep yourself healthy, active, safe and sound.


The NYADO Collective

The U-Turn

A Manifesto for COVID-19

As events such as COVID-19 or the Amazon and Australian fires keep challenging us on different levels, they can also help us reframe our perspective on many existential assumptions that haven’t been addressed for a long time. Is all this happening for a reason? Is it happening with no reason at all? Maybe time will tell. Meanwhile, here are a few of our ongoing thoughts.

First and foremost, in regard to the novel virus, we wish for you and your close ones’ health and safety. It is important to get ready for this new reality, whatever it will turn out to be. In order to slow the spreading of the virus as well as the panic it creates, we all need to both listen to the authorities and focus on spreading reason, empathy and unity instead.

Secondly, this moment in history is clearly an opportunity to shift the global discourse in a way that could have a direct effect on how humans act on this planet. As we speak, around 7 billion people are all having similar thoughts addressing both personal and universal matters. Like never before, we are all confronting our deepest fears as our realities rapidly change.

Just a few months ago we attended a conference led by Nobel prize laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus – one of the most insightful voices in the current social and environmental movements. During his closing speech of the event, Prof. Yunus suggested that right now humanity as a whole needs to do a U-turn. He says that the next decade is crucial in ensuring the future of this planet and society. From the questionable priorities of our governments, financial systems, etc – we humans are going in the wrong direction and it is time to turn around.

Now, in order to turn around you need to first slow down. Interestingly enough, isn’t the virus making us do just that? Shutting down airports, drastically slowing down the private and the public sectors, and keeping us all at home?

Could it be that this is exactly the time to start the U-turn?

Will everything go back to normal once Corona is over or will we manage to take the chance and fix at least some of the mistakes we’ve made over the years?

How can we, as people of the world, use this moment to realign and set new priorities and agendas?

Regardless of any possible connections between COVID-19, climate change, the upcoming financial crisis and the urgent need to update the role and agendas of governments, NYADO will continue to search for ways to support and promote the ones who follow a constructive mindset in addressing all the challenges mentioned above, bringing some light to our society and suggesting ideas and actions. We will do more music, online concerts and will continue to feature more incredible people – the heroes of our time – and share their adventures and visions. The Mission to Earth will continue, and we will keep sharing our educational toolkit with schools and kids around the world. Now more than ever, they need support and inspiration, rather than panic and isolation.

If you’re an artist and you have a message or a piece of music that you want to light the way for people in their homes; if you have an idea, a vision, a project that you think can inspire or help people, share it with us now and together with our network, we will do what we can to support it.

During the Mission to Earth, we learned about the U-turn the hard way. We went searching for a new planet for humanity. It was only when we slowed down that we understood that the only place where you can truly find answers is back home, within yourself, where everything began. So we turned the spaceship around and decided to go back!

It’s time to value our home, our families and our planet; to stay united in these times of separation and appreciate what we often take for granted; to find creative ways to use our time and redefine our focus; to express love in a time of fear and disorientation. Together we can make the best out of this moment.

Keep yourself healthy, active, safe and sound.


-The NYADO Collective