135 Years ago today and Five Days in the Future: EAST on the Brink


Matt DozierPres./CEO - EAST Initiative

Matt Dozier
Pres./CEO – EAST Initiative

It’s π Day here at EAST and I think that gives us a better excuse for being a little more irrational than we can be on typical days. Of course it’s also five…FIVE…5 days until the 2014 EAST Conference: Your Future is Trending Now! So that means that we’ve worked ourselves into that goofy, rapid-eye-blink, stage of excited, exhausted and in desperate need to exhale. You see the same sort of thing when you’ve been putting in those final cram/work sessions for finals, proms, weddings, etc.

Someone who is definitely ready for Conference is our Ambassador Team Leader, Elise Fry. She’s asked me to send along the following message:

Hey everyone! My name is Elise Fry and I’m a junior at Batesville High School. I am unbelievably honored this year to be the 2014 EAST Conference Ambassador Team Leader! The team this year includes twenty-two of some of the best EAST students, all of whom are extremely excited to help out and be a vital part of this year’s conference. Our Ambassador Team is dedicated to making your conference the best one yet by making sure that all aspects of the event run smoothly. You will see us work throughout conference—we will be in the breakout session hallway, the gear booth, registration and helping conference attendees and VIPs with anything they might need. We will be presenting at the Opening Plenary, Banquet and Closing Session (which will be tons of fun this year, I promise)!

I know I speak on behalf of the entire team when I say that one of our favorite parts of conference is meeting all our fellow students and learning their EAST story. Talk to us! Tell us about how you started in EAST and how you’ve grown since. Visit with us about possibly applying for Ambassador Team next year; it’s an amazing opportunity and we would love to tell you all about it. We are so excited to visit with your schools and help you in whatever way you need. I hope to see you all very soon in Hot Springs on March 19th, it’s right around the corner!

Photo used for PPT Slide - Ambassador

Indeed it is, Elise. Indeed it is. This year the Ambassadors spent two days out in the deep, dark woods of Ferndale, Ark., preparing for next week. They planned, practiced and bonded. They have honed their craft. So whether you need directions to a breakout session, instructions on how to put out a fire with a small stick and two Styrofoam cups (have no fears we have an Eagle Scout on the team), or need to share your particular brand of grief on the loss of a favorite hamster (Gilley, we hardly knew ye….) they are standing by, willing and able.

With that in mind, I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the 135th anniversary of the birth of one of the architects of the modern age (the delicious coincidence that he was born on π Day is not lost here). When Albert Einstein first started publishing his ideas the world he lived in was operating under a general hubris that we were on the downhill side of knowledge discovery. It was widely assumed that there was almost nothing left to learn in physics and the other sciences were all but figured out as well. You know what happens when you think you’ve got everything figured out, right? Exactly.

I think Professor Einstein would have made a great EAST facilitator. Below are some of the observations he made that lead me to that conclusion:

“I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn”.— Albert Einstein

“Computers are incredibly fast, accurate and stupid. Human beings are incredibly slow, inaccurate and brilliant. Together they are powerful beyond imagination.”—Albert Einstein

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”—Albert Einstein

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”–Albert Einstein

I think he would have made a better EAST student, though. Think about it, a lowly Swiss Patent Clerk, in a single year, published three papers that revolutionized two professional fields of study and caused a complete re-examination of how we thought about the universe…the UNIVERSE…and our place in it. Self-directed, yep. Passion for learning, absolutely. Desire to share and better the world, all over the place. Imagine what he could have done with a few years in EAST under his belt?!? ;)-

See you at conference. Think big thoughts.

Until then,

MD

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