Greeks are pulling together and forging innovative new social and economic models to help those hit hardest by the debt crisis Spyros Gkelis, a smart and hard-working biology lecturer from Thessaloniki, saw it like this. “If someone shoves you,” he said, “you know, like really pushes you, hard, in the street, so it hurts, your first reaction is to lash out. Strike back. But if that doesn’t achieve anything, if they keep pushing, and it keeps hurting, you think again. Try something else.