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Rebuilding our future and rethinking higher ed

04/26/2020

On Rebuilding Our Future

Many of us around the country are looking at at least another month in quarantine, and many of us are questioning how we got to where we are today? Why did we not prepare therapies or vaccines for a novel coronavirus that scientists have predicted for years? Why did we not take early action to prevent the transmission of the virus from the epicenter of Wuhan to cities around the world? Why can we not bail out small businesses that are currently suffering the most? Why do our frontline healthcare workers not have sufficient protective equipment as they work against the clock to save lives? Why do we not have a system in place to get farmers’ food to the hungry so they are not burying their harvest while millions across the country can’t put food on their tables?

In this piece, Marc Andreessen writes that the issue to all these problems we are facing is not the lack of talent, technology, resources, or capital. But the lack of desire for change. He writes, “The problem is inertia. We need to want these things more than we want to prevent these things.” And when we have the collective desire to want these society changes, we will need our collective action to demand change. We will need to educate our next generation so they have all the tools they need to rebuild our American society where every individual, every family, and every small business can be productive and protected should we face a similar challenge in the decades to come. Andreessen Horowitz.

 

On Rethinking Higher Ed

It’s no secret that higher education is going to be forced to change in lieu of this pandemic. But how? And when? Everything you read today is total speculation, but this piece by Scott Galloway is a punchy perspective at what may happen. His comment, “Tech firms will partner with a world class university to offer 80 percent of a traditional four-year degree for 50 percent of the price…” makes me curious about what will be lost and gained from such a model. In any case, I’m more grateful than ever to be working in an organization (Experience Lab) that’s building the bridge from academia to real experiences and companies. Prof Galloway.

PS: If you have time, grab a cup of coffee and read the comments on this one. Fascinating.

 

On Connecting and Reconnecting

Most of us feel more comfortable socializing with people we are already familiar with. And the thought of reaching out to a stranger or an acquaintance instead of a good friend can be difficult and something we try to avoid, especially for us introverts. In this piece, Adam Grant illustrates the importance of all of our relationships, from our “strong ties,” to our “weak ties” and our “dormant ties.” He highlights the value in reconnecting with our “dormant ties,” people who we don’t see everyday and may not have seen for years. Grant writes, “Like our weak ties, our dormant ties have fresh perspectives from meeting different people and learning different things.” At Experience Lab, we believe in the value of community and support networks, and it’s important to invest time and energy to nurture your relationships, both with your closest friends as well as with your larger network of connections. There is no better time than quarantine to reach out virtually and check in on that middle school friend, teacher, or that old neighbor of yours. More likely than not, your outreach will be appreciated and you might just learn something from your renewed connection. New York Times.