October 28th, 2017
In his book, Good to Great, Jim Collins advocates that for organizations to thrive and make that move from good to great, they have to first get the right people on the bus, get the wrong people off the bus, get the right people in the right seats in the bus and the bus will take them where they want to.
It was 6:55am on Saturday, October 21 and I literally was seated in a bus with some of the best minds I have come to meet and work with over the last couple of months. Our destination was Federal Government Girls’ College, Oyo, our purpose clear as the morning sky above us; to redefine what it meant to be African.
Our plan was to hold an ideation workshop and teach these brilliant young girls how they could bring the SDGs to their local communities through their schools. It was my first time being out with the group and I had more questions than answers. And deep inside, I knew it was a good thing.
The girls of FGGC, Oyo were very welcoming — ladies without gentlemen as they liked to call themselves. We had a few talk sessions to prime them up and prepare their minds for the ideation workshop and in no time the ideation workshop was underway.
After a few minutes of priming around SDGs 3, 4 and 5, it was over to them to pick one SDG and come up with hyperlocal solutions they could implement. They formed neat little groups and created solutions that made me jealous.
I like to think I learnt the most lessons and derived the most benefits from our little exercise;
1. I have yet another reason to always choose to believe in people.
2. I have come to learn that young people are smarter than we give them credit for.
3. With a skill or two to go with their formal education, young people can become problem solvers.
4. If we all did a little to make our lives and the lives of those we meet better then we will have a better world in our hands.
My biggest fear: I will spend the whole afternoon talking over their heads — that didn’t happen. Thankfully!
I hope to embark on more journeys with the awesome people of Pivot Africa as we take the world’s largest lesson to more schools.
It was Totan’s birthday so cake !