"If all the walls of your house fall down what misery but what a view."
I left one galaxy for another. I went from Austin, Texas where I attended the annual SXSW Festival, to Amsterdam to join THNK School of Creative Leadership. I arrived on a windy Friday morning to a frosty feeling in the air that kept me from visiting the low-rise buildings of the Red Light District in the town center, not even to snuggle in a coffeeshop. The program was starting the next day, with classes running from nine in the morning until ten at night. I barely saw the city.
The Executive Leadership Program that I'm taking has four modules over six months. The group who starts together completes the course together. In my class, there are people from all over the world: from Costa Rica (my new friend Johan) to Kenya (my “xará” Agatha), from Sudan (the talented political cartoonist Khalid) to Haiti (my peer coach Isa), the Netherlands, Russia and even Kazakhstan. This global tribe is, of course, one of the coolest things on the planet, but that’s not all.