The pitter-patter of raindrops against my window woke me up today, well before my alarm went off. After a breakfast of poached eggs and oatmeal we got a vigorous workout doing Kung-Fu, a new and exciting activity for me. A big thank you to the Conrad Grebel staff, for accommodation and food par excellence and to the SHAD staff for involving us daily in exercises for our brains and brawns.
The morning was taken up by project briefing and consulting sessions. Insightful discussions by our design challenge groups resulted in filtering and refining of ideas. In the afternoon, we investigated matrices and linear systems in a challenging yet fun way. Later on, we presented our ideas for launching eco-friendly initiatives using the business canvas model.
Busy with business featuring Megan Gooch (left) and Melanie Jonnalagadda (right)
The highlight of the day was an inspiring talk by the Director of Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre, Lori Campbell, who encouraged restoration of harmonious relationships between the indigenous community and others. Being involved in social justice, the talk resonated with me and inspired me to build a collective and just society based on trust, friendship and mutual respect.
Almost two weeks rolled by since we boarded the SHAD ship of learning and discovery. Our sail so far has been smooth and successful and I can’t contain my euphoria at the prospect of exploring more unexpected and uncharted territories.