I share this video with a group of Year 6 learners, who are planning their own student-led workshops for our #Passionsmatter Conference – a conference for students, by students.
After watching, the students share their “big takeaway” from the video. They say things like:
- Never let anyone stand in the way of your dreams.
- Allow fear to drive you, not stop you.
- Believe in yourself.
- It doesn’t matter what other people think – it matters what you think.
- Perseverance is key.
And then one boy turns to me and says, “Isn’t the message a bit idealistic? It’s a dream – not really true.”
So we stop and talk about the conference. About how he is about to innovate and create a workshop that will be thought-provoking and lead to action in his peers. It’ s about a stance – a way of thinking that leads to change of thought, feeling, being, doing, having or saying. If fear or lack of motivation stand in his way, change is impossible.
He considers the conversation and then says, “You know, what … We need to dream. We need to believe.” He sets off with three peers to develop his workshop about how basketball can develop team building skills. He is ready to innovate. He leads me to think about George Couros, the Principal of Change”, who is sharing ideas about innovation and change.
In his latest #InnovatorsMindset MOOC, George has reached out to thousands of educators, helping us to see that “You don’t need to change anything. You simply need to understand that the world is changing, and, if you don’t change with it, the world will decide that it doesn’t need you anymore.”
We are on a journey, as educators and learners. Our paths have many turns and options – our mission is to see that the world is changing and we need to equip ourselves and our learners with the skills, knowledge, power and belief to change, in positive ways, with the world.