This article was originally published on Emer's blog.
Among the second participant group of THNK's Creative Leadership program is Emer Beamer. She wrote a post today about her experience after finishing the second module in her THNK journey. She talks about forum expert guests she had a chance to connect with and what her week felt and looked like. You can read her full blog post here.
Emer is a social innovator and educator. She is co-founder of Butterfly Works, co-creation studio. Her focus is on designing digital education and personal growth programs for low income youth in countries such as Kenya, Nigeria, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
About her experience she writes:
"Some of the novel moments on this roller coaster included: meeting fab people such as Esther Wojcicki a new role model for me, the fiercely engaged Princess Maxima and the charming Ravi Naidoo; gaining deep insights into my accelerator project during a session of meditation, then hands-on creation; and best of all getting to know the fabulous group of people known as the THNK participants.
A typical day at THNK, if there is such a thing, is a feast for a Learn-o-holic like me. It starts with Andra’s ‘Body and Mind’ lesson, which is kind of like playing with magic, the magic of the invisible field of energy between people and how to influence and change it. After that – and it’s only 9 o’clock – we either work on our challenge project or the Quest team may have some other surprise in store for us. During the Challenge we work on one of two themes: ‘The Future of Education’ or Carbon Reduction using M2M technologies using tools, which are a mash-up of Design thinking and Socratic questioning. In the evening we have a ‘Forum’ where we get to meet wonderful people and question them in-depth