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

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