This week’s focus point: Rutgers, my alma mater (which I was once proud of claiming as such), has had strong student protests causing former Secretary of State Candoleezza Rice to cancel her scheduled graduation speech. She chose not to become a distraction to the event. Her involvement in the Iraq War is apparently the key issue. (The fact that she was the first black woman in such a position doesn’t seem of interest.) Recently, Brown University students booed a former New York City Police Commissioner off the stage from which he had been invited to speak. (A woman heading some committee or other was quoted as saying, “Free speech is not guaranteed in private universities.” Really? Wasn’t that Germany in the thirties?) Rutgers, of course, is a public university, the first of the land grant colleges, and famous for its high academic standing prior to basketball coaches who emotionally abused players and athletic directors who ignored it. In my days at Rutgers there were angry debates between military recruiters and protestors (the height of the Viet Nam war) but debates they were, with both sides being heard. We’ve come to a sad state of polarization–and ignorance–when we’re so insecure we can’t allow “the other side” to be heard. Talk about bullying in the schools….
Monday Morning Perspective: No mariner ever enters a more uncharted sea than does the average human being born into the Twentieth Century. Our ancestors thought they knew their way from birth through all eternity. We are puzzled about the day after tomorrow. — Walter Lippmann
Improbably Improv in LA: A big hit in New York, run with my son, the actor/director: http://summitconsulting.com/seminars/ImprobablyImprov.php
Powerful Delivery Methodologies: For consulting, coaching, and personal use: http://summitconsulting.com/seminars/TheRationalProcessWorkshopForThoughtLeaders-2014-04-01.php
The Strategist: One of my most popular programs ever: http://summitconsulting.com/seminars/strategist-2014-09.php