At the end of 2016, we 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 connected to learning. First, we decided to say “learning over grades.” Then we realized that “grades” is not used globally and that it doesn’t flow. Then, we made the decision to change the statement to “ranking” because of its connects to GPA, ranking in a school and 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 principle 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 evident that diversity is a key component as it enables different ways of looking at a problem and solution. Diversity here 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 principle “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 directing your education and life.
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