I wish I lived in Utah to participate in this year’s Solutionary Congress coming up in two weeks. This is such a fantastic opportunity for high school students. As a judge for the local debate league, I wish we could adopt this type of program in Boston too. Maybe one day soon. Just think of the potential social improvement we might make by harnessing the fresh ideas of young people.
To learn more about what it means to be a Solutionary, watch this TED talk by Zoe Weil.
I haven’t seen all of these movies yet, but totally agree with the list so far:
1. Babies – shows the first year of 4 different babies around the globe
2. Fresh – shows organic food production compared with mass-produced farming
3. Girls – shows the struggle some girls go through to get an education around the globe
4. The Cola Road – documents a life saving program of distributing needed health remedies using Coca-Cola crates
5. Jobs – the life story of Steve Jobs as he founded Apple
6. Happy – What is really at the root of happiness?
is happening in the U.S. and around the world. Every 26 seconds a U.S. student drops out of school. That is the message of the non-profit organization buildOn.
At the same time, 900 million people around the world cannot read and write. That’s nearly 1 in 6 people.
buildOn addresses both of these problems by working with youth in urban cities to improve their communities, and building schools in the rural areas of developing countries. Sometimes these efforts are combined to send U.S. students on a Trek for Knowledge, to build a school in the developing country, helping people must less fortunate than themselves.
I love the idea of Solutionaries. I was introduced to this idea during a TED Talk and think it would be great to do as a modification of formal debate. We are facing serious social issues that will require ingenuity and creative thinking to solve or improve these issues.
We are born curious, and we intuitively want to solve problems. Spend a few moments with kids and there’s no doubt that if they focus on one thing, they will make an improvement. So what if we use that natural ability to facilitate teaching, and to enhance that ability instead of squelching it as our current education system is doing.
The Solutionaries link above shows a good example of a school working to develop their students into Solutionaries.
Here is our message to you…
Youtube Video – Open Letter to Students Returning to School
My favorite line in this message … “The whole pleasure of being a human is being stupid, but learning to be less stupid together.”