At the end of 2016, we have changed “learning over performance” to “learning over ranking.” We realized that performance has many different connotations in school compared to entrepreneurship and work. A young innovator in a workshop also pointed out that when he thinks about performance, it is highly connected to learning. First, we decided to say “learning over grades.” Then we realized that the word grades is not used globally and that it does not flow. Then, we decided to change the statement to “ranking” as it connects to GPA, ranking in a school and an extrinsic motivation in the real world.
In the beginning of 2017, we made the major addition of “We value diversity and see it as a strength.” The statement bridges the three “value” and three “see” statements as well as highlights the importance of diversity. When it comes to leadership, it is becoming more and more clear how important inclusion is. And when it comes to innovation, it is absolute evident that diversity is a key component as it enables different ways of looking at a problem and solution. Diversity in this statement therefore embodies the diversity of thought, diversity in ideas and diversity in people. It is designed to encompass all the diversity in regard to age, gender, race, culture, background and nationality.
In the first week of 2018, we added the last line “We aim to live a life of joy, courage and meaning.” The statement provides focus and guidance in how to live our lives. It helps us realize that we can choose joy, choose courage and choose to do what we find meaning in as we go through life. We hope that you find the manifesto useful and helpful in providing direction in your education and life.
We would love to hear your thoughts on the manifesto. Please feel free to print and share a copy with your family and friends.
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