“Education is a lifelong pursuit” –Paul Ellingstad. Take that quote for what you will, but it strikes deep within my heart. Learning does not end when our lectures are dismissed. Learning does not cease when we graduate. We are constantly exposed to a multitude of opportunities to learn and grow that allows us to expand and flourish as individuals.
Don’t be afraid to fail. The paradox of innovation and failure can be an inhibitory factor at times. We are afraid to fail because we were taught it meant the end, and only detrimental outcomes follow, when in fact failure leads to success and innovation. Without failure we would never learn from our mistakes, and without failure we would not know what to change or improve. We must allow ourselves to accept and even EMBRACE failure as part of our human nature and as part of leadership.
”Be bold, be brave, be yourself”- Leymah Gbowee. It does not matter if people think you are crazy; you must persevere and pursue your dreams. Sometimes the “craziest” ideas are the most successful ones. Innovators like Steven Jobs pursued farfetched ideas despite criticisms and triumphed in the end. So do not be afraid to be yourself, do not be afraid to lead, and do not be afraid to be different.
”See value in individuals”-Leymah Gbowee. The key in engaging individuals is our ability to adapt. This entails the ability to adapt to their time, their customs, their interests, and sincerely asking them what changes they want to see, and what they are willing to do about it.
Engage and empower. Making your point relevant is extremely important when you are trying to convey your message to the public. What can be most effective is using personal stories. It captures people’s attention and their hearts because relativism is part of human nature. Always keep versatility in mind, every individual is different and their “soft spots” vary.
Our university is a powerful tool. We must not simply coexist inside the boundaries of our university walls. Instead, we must use this powerful source to propel our drive for social change. The university is mainly concerned with two things #1 Money #2 Public image. You can likely use the latter in some form or fashion.
We are the “me” generation but we are SO MUCH MORE! We can’t let our technology define us. We can use these existing technologies to push our movement but we must also push for newer, better innovations that will help our efforts.
No one can argue with hard data. Always do you research, and when in doubt use scientific evidence to make your argument more powerful.
”Design is critical for gauging audience.”-Liz Rose The way we communicate our mission, our vision, and our goals is absolutely important. Logos, advertisements, websites, all of these design-based marketing reaches a surface level of communication that is imperative in gauging an individual’s attention that drives them to learn more.
“Global Health is Neocolonialism” –Rishi Rattan. This was a provocative talk given by Rishi Rattan, but it was a great way to challenge us to dig deeper, and reflect on our motives, our approaches, and our current path. We must always cater our service to the individuals we are trying to help, but without marginalizing them. We must always keep in mind that it is their voice that must be heard, not ours. We must be silent, and their voices must be amplified.