David Cooperrider starts the day. Today is the day for addressing Design and Destiny – focus on making it happen. Possibilities for actions to take have started taking shape for some people. For instance, a book series was conceived from conversation last night.
The introducer forgot his notes for introducing Brodie Boland, President, AIESEC – so he speaks from the heart. He tells of a taxi driver chided him this morning that people who attend conferences “don’t do anything”. We will respond to that challenge today. Brodie represents the youth who have something to say. He is a cutting edge thinker.
Brodie asks how many educators are present and offers to share the student perspective. Worked for last 3 years with AIESEC. Returned to campus in fall after 3 years to complete bachelors degree in business. Working on a case study about a large coffee company with management and ecological approaches that were being attacked by activists. Students were asked to find solutions. Many of them thought to discredit the activitists, increase philanthropy or ignore the changing social view of the world. The professor gave examples of companies that addressed the triple bottom line and what it meant to be a responsible manager. Students were asked to vote again, and all 30 changed their views. A good example of a tipping point. Educators have the ability to affect tipping points in classrooms all over the world. They can because:
Students want professors who bring their whole being and authenticity.
Students want the “why” from educators who are thought leaders.
The dual roles of leaders of tomorrow and the consumer of today. Asking for those who are under the age of 30 to stand, many rise. Case is thanked for scholarships to students from around the world. A video message from youth around the world tells us how they want the world to be in 10 years . . . the education that they seek, opportunities to grow large and small businesses, the promise of affordable technology to impact social progress for the third world, the anticipation of the shift in relationships of government/business/NGOs to affect the triple bottom line, a visible change in awareness of the environment. Closing text: “Thank you for building the pillars on which we stand.”
Recalling Ray Anderson had read a poem about the child of tomorrow, Bondy invites participants to write a letter expressing your commitments to such a child . . . either give it to a young person who is present at the conference or to a child in your own life.