What is it about You as a human that makes You close, and what makes You open?

What is it about human nature that often makes it difficult for us to enter a place of uncertainty or at least openness to listen & learn without needing to so quickly prove & convince? What do You think it is that might allow You to open vs close?

I went to a protestant Christian church today where they had invited a man from Pakistan to speak about Islam.

He did a great job of emphasizing how Islam stands for peace, how Judaism, Christianity and Islam are historically three branches of the same tree, and a beautiful job of resolving some potential misunderstandings while establishing common ground. He spoke of the love he felt from Christians that he could take back and speak about.

Almost immediately after, there was a man who got up to establish clearly the differences between the faiths, and to reinforce his own belief in Christianity as what he saw as a clearly superior choice.

Try to reserve judgment and just observe human nature with me. Both had courage to speak in the ways they did.

Still, whatever the context, it seems as if humans need to have some sense of Significance and Certainty. When put in a religious context, and the feeling is that salvation is at stake, perhaps emotions run a little more raw – but it still seems to be need for significance and certainty that drives a lot of the behavior.

What is it about human nature that often makes it difficult for us to enter a place of uncertainty or at least openness to listen & learn without needing to so quickly prove & convince?

From Kenya – 5 Most Dangerous Trends in ICT4D

Here I am in Kenya, where we had a great session today at the university.

The students and faculty at Maseno University, Kenya, came up with what they think are the 5 Most Dangerous Trends, and 5 Greatest Opportunities for ICT4D in Africa.


What do you think?
Do you agree or disagree?
Any you would add or take away?

[Special thanks to the ACP Secretariat, the EU EDULINK programme.
Visit the EDULINK Website for more info about the initiative.]

From Dubai & New York – How do we respond in moments of crises?

From Dubai & New York – How do we respond in moments of crises?

Greetings from Dubai! Clint Rogers In Dubai

I’m struck by how much it has changed since last time I was here about 2 years ago.

Everything from the world’s most expensive hotel to the world’s tallest building all leave a distinct impression of Awe – especially considering about 50 years ago this was all simply desert.

This world is such a fascinating place, and I am growing to love its people all over more and more. I’m so grateful to live in it and be a small part of learning with You about it all.

I flew here from New York, where I shot this short clip at “Ground Zero”

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From “Ground Zero” New York City, Dr. Clint Rogers talks about the Moments of Crises we all will face, asking what will be brought out of us in those times? How will you respond in moments of crises?

He also asks what your view is of human nature – are you optimistic that things are getting better, or are you worried things will get worse?

And most importantly, what is your part in the whole – what is Your Compelling Future, what are you willing and excited to live for and create?