Robert Reich, Professor and former Secretary of Labor, delivered an impassioned address to his final Wealth and Poverty class on the transition from college into the workforce. He asks his students to reflect on their values and experiences to consider a question posed by the poet Mary Oliver:
The average American consume 1,996 pounds of food annually,FOOTNOTE: Footnote and roughly 40% of that food ends up in landfills.FOOTNOTE: Footnote While this is a horrifying statistic, the amount of edible food that goes from our plates to the the local dump is relatively insignificant compared to the amount of edible food that American farmers leave in the field each season.
In last week’s Bright Minds, we focused our discussion over a 2015 New York Times piece on how to intelligently yet emotionally impact others’ lives. The article was prompted by the movement of ‘Effective Altruism’ – which uses data to determine how people can ensure that their money has the greatest impact possible.
u should spend a significant percentage of time actually trying to gain understanding, a tiny percentage documenting that understanding, and the vast majority of your time creating alignment. In short, worry about what you do as an organization, not what you say.” This is an excerpt from Jim Collins 2000 piece, ‘Aligning Action and Values,’ which was the topic of discussion in last week’s Bright Minds.