Hey lovely readers,
For the next year or so of my life, I’m embarking on a project. I’m going to study historic social change movements and profile current social innovators, with the goal of understanding how lasting change works. Like many of us, I look at the world and see a lot of things wrong with the way it works. I also see a lot of opportunities to do good things, but I don’t know how to tell if these will help to fix it. It’s hard to feel like I’m making a difference when I’m only addressing one problem. If I’m lucky, I will come up with some new knowledge through this venture that can be applied to help create lasting impact across many issues.
The first chapter of this begins in four days, when I will leave for a six-week Arabic immersion program in Rabat, Morocco. Though not directly connected to social innovation, my experience there will leave me with immense improvement in terms of language as well as a deeper understanding of Moroccan culture (and a couple of new friends). The world belongs to everyone in it, and cross-cultural understanding is completely vital in making a difference. You can’t effectively address a fundamental global issue from a purely American perspective. I feel incredibly lucky to have been placed in Morocco, because of its rich history and people-oriented culture. I can’t wait to experience the intermixing of Berber, Arab, and European language and customs, and I hope I gain valuable knowledge about cross-cultural interaction through life there.