Sara Olausson is a cartoonist based in Stockholm. She graduated from the Royal Institute of Art in 2007 and have many books on her CV. Earlier this year she released Det kunde varit jag (It could have been me) about the meeting and unexpected friendship with the Romanian beggar Felicia. Sara joins us at TEDxGöteborg to talk about sympathy, trust and unexpected friendship. “I want the audience to sympathise with Felicia, and through her see others in the same vulnerable situation. I want them to use this emotion as a compass to act with compassion and think, ‘it could have been me’.
”What made you take the first step towards an unexpected friendship?“
Felicia turned everything upside down by doing the opposite of what was expected. She abandoned the roles we had and showed me generosity even though she was the one in great need.
What if I would have followed my fear over the past two years? None of this would have happened. Who would I have been today? Felicia told me she could have been dead.