Ada’s legacy has implications far beyond gender. Whether it’s race, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic class, there are always reasons why people who have equal talents and passions are robbed of opportunities to excel and receive credit for their brilliance. Part of being an everyday ambassador is having the perception to notice situations of inequality and injustice, whether it’s in your office, classroom, or home, and having the courage to act and change them.
There’s a lot we can take from her example, and for the most part, we can agree that she represents all that we should strive to be as global citizens: compassionate for the oppressed, unafraid to speak truth to power, and motivated to take individual daily actions to advance human rights and peace. And yet, there are levels of nuance to Malala’s Nobel Prize that are crucial to point out if we want to make the most out of the example she is setting. Her award hasn’t been all sunshine and roses, and though she’s been branded as a superhero for girls’ education, her legacy and this award goes far deeper than this single issue.
There’s something special happening in Hong Kong that is unlike any other urban riot in the year past, if not several years past. The organizers of the protest, mostly teenagers who are students across the city, have agreed to proceed in a manner that is strategic and non-violent, meticulously planned and highly purposeful. There are plenty of reasons our Everyday Ambassador team feels inspired right now by the Hong Kong protests, but there are three lessons in particular we think they’re offering the world right now.
m4s0n501 New York City was shimmering this weekend: sunshine, star power, and over 60,000 enthusiastic global citizens packed into Central Park for the annual Global Citizen Festival. Normally, a Festival attracting the ranks of Jay-Z, Beyonce, Alicia Keys, and Carrie Underwood would cost you at least $100 a pop. But the Global Citizen Festival? Free! The A-list performers? They performed pro-bono …
For some issues, including the current Ebola epidemic, the emphasis on clicks and views can end up being detrimental to the goal of galvanizing action. We might care about deaths in West Africa for the day (or hour) a headline is up, but the space for caring that carves into our schedules is inevitably filled up soon after, with more headlines that grab our attention and push us, like pawns, to the next drama. In the meantime, have we done anything to meaningfully try and help or change that situation?
Dear Readers, It is with immense joy and gratitude that I announce the release of my book Everyday Ambassador on Amazon.com! I hope that you will pre-order a copy of the book for yourself, and a copy for anyone in your life who aspires to make a positive difference in the world. Some of you have followed …
What I think Godin gets right is that being successful in your life–including in your job, in your relationships with family and friends, and in your personal self-care–has almost nothing to do with natural born talents, and almost everything to do with a hard-working attitude (resilience and persistence), excellent communication skills, and those four ‘EA values’ we love talking about so much: focus, empathy, patience, and humility. These are traits that go untested, for the most part, in school and in our extra-curriculars. But these are the traits that allow us to be good to ourselves and to others, that allow us to confront the very real (and very inevitable) challenges in our work and personal lives.