Recently at the United Nations Alliance on Civilizations (UNAOC) Summer School being held at EF, I asked about 10 participants – as well as two EF officials and a professor:
“What can we do TODAY to help make the world a better place?”
It amazed me as the answers kept coming one by one how similar each response was, each with their own twist. They've been posted on Patch day by day up through today's last day, but certainly the resounding answer of empathy and outreach is what brought these folks here in the first place.
Their badges proclaim their far-flung, and often dangerous, homelands – Baghdad, Iraq, Azerbaijan, and on and on. They spoke of war, and of hope. Then there’s the sole participant representing the U.S. at the summit, a very well spoken L.A.-based journalist interested in telling such global stories to bring people together rather than pull them apart.
In this final video, some parting words from EF Education First Vice President, Carl-Johan Westring, of Zurich, Switzerland.
More on Patch:
- Ashley Lohmann of Los Angeles, CA
- Francisco Crespo of Ecuador
- Elchin Murtuzov of Azerbaijan
- Margarita Kotenko of Moldova
- Thomas Werner, assistant professor at Parsons School of Design, who was leading the afternoon’s seminar on “Creating and Telling Compelling Stories” surrounding the day’s outreach/media theme.
- Drilon Shala of Kosovo
- Maria Salas of Chile
- Mette Nielsen of Denmark
- Yasir Saleem of Baghdad, Iraq
- Philip Johnson, Executive Director of the EF campus in Tarrytown, offers his take on what he and his school can do now to be better citizens in our community.
- Learn more about the UNAOC/EF Summer School
That’s a wrap! What do think we should do here now to affect change globally? What are you already doing? Share here.