There is beauty where you least expect it.
My mission is to share this knowledge with my peers. I believe we can make one community out of seemingly different worlds.
There is always something to learn. Despite the privilege of my traditional education, I didn't come to recognize this truth in the classroom. Only through the fortune of travel was I able to expand my perspective. Today I am working to transform education so that our expectations of beauty and our ideas of what we have to learn and what we have to teach are built on the global community we find right at our fingertips.
Imagination is my hero. We cannot lean on the power of personal experience alone to dismantle indifference - this is the excuse of those who refuse to be still. Be Still. Instead of giving up some things give yourself to something. Everyday is the occasion. Find how, collect why and ask often. Truth can always be translated. Technology is employable, people are performable. If my work is defined by a position, I have become replaceable - I can change that. With labels ideas become empty, with names ideas can act. Do not create mindfully only to embody mindlessly. Possession is reciprocal - we can only 'own up' if we recognize this. Today, ownership is a radical act. Humanity is not an infection, do not sell or buy a cure. You cannot bank on time - do not try to take, leave or transfer moments. Everyone, no one, and anyone are not wholesome. None the less. Attend to your silhouette, know your perspective and create your portrait. Never be afraid to do a headstand. Sustain common sense. Love is a verb, respect its multiplicity. A beautiful mind is recognizable. Elevate those you admire but leave the pedestals behind. Care not to judge.
When you feel alone, stop to celebrate the impossibility of that. Stay.
Joshua Odamtten: Ghana Programs Manager & Founding Member
Eliza StarbuckJessica Adele Kane
Joseph Merlo III
Kimberly Clarkson, MA - Education
Victoria Sterkin, PHD - Behavior Analyst
Textile Arts Center, New York
West Africa AIDS Foundation, Accra
St. Thomas International School, Accra
NYC Fair Trade Coalition, New York
Sidwell Friends School, Washington, DC
Greene Hill School, New York
CentroNía, Washington, DC
Cranbrook Academies, Bloomfield Hills
Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse, Detroit
Boston University College of Communications PRSSA, Boston
University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, Cincinnati
Walnut Hills High School, Cincinnati
Martha’s Table and Martha’s Outfitters, Washington, DC
Student Global Leadership Initiative, Honolulu
Waterberg Welfare Society, Vaalwater
Hawaii Fashion Incubator, Honolulu
Punahou School, Honolulu
The Westminster Schools, Atlanta
Maris Wicker & Larry Skinner
Dr. Paul C. Light
Waterberg Welfare Society
Sidwell Friends School
The Bernstein Family Foundation