Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Never Help: Engage, Enable, Empower and Connect
I spoke at School of Visual Arts: Design for Social Innovation on the topic, and the students applied it on the current events -- Syrian Refugee Crisis.
It was very interesting to see that these students had many good ideas. One of them was re-framing what we call them. These refugees are not helpless people. They are moms, teachers, doctors, carpenters, etc. Instead of looking at them at a liability, these survivors can be a valuable resource that can fill jobs which no one want to take, and all they want is an opportunity and a new place they can call home.
Marginalized communities are not helpless and they are not a liability. Communities can help themselves. If we want to support them, all we got to do is engage, enable, empower and connect.
-- Robin Low