So often we see examples of global citizens serving the world by traveling to new countries and cultures. But what about those who see disparities within their own community, and aim to resolve those? They are just as much ‘everyday ambassadors’ as those who trek far from home. Today’s post is from one such person: Mr. Ogonda Simeon, Director of Spring Break Kenya, an innovative social effort to engage Kenyans in public service within their own borders. Although he does not directly discuss the impact of technology on his attitude and work design, note that Kenya is the hub of Africa’s IT boom, and Simeon’s generation of college peers rely on their mobile phones and Facebook as much as their American peers to structure their social lives. You will see, without him describing it precisely, that Simeon is overcoming ‘tech traps’ by making human connections.
My name is Simeon and I believe “In humility there is no humiliation.“
This statement, combined with what I found to be a very troubling level of inequality in my country, Kenya, influenced me to forego the employment opportunities of a young college graduate in my nation’s capitol.