- "Listen to the elders. Education starts with wisdom."
- "Build the bridge. You cannot understand another person's perspective or experiences without experiencing it yourself and you cannot teach them without understanding them."
- "Educate a boy and you educate an individual, educate a girl and you change the world." - huge implications for our A`o Makua learners and inter-generational learning.
- "When it is dark enough, you can see the stars." - failure is okay, if you don't know how to fail, you won't see the way to success.
- Here's one from "Three Cups of Tea: "It may seem absurd that a "primitive" culture in the Himalaya has anything to teach our individualized, modernized society. But our search for a future that works keeps spiraling back to an ancient connection between ourselves and the earth, an interconnectedness that ancient cultures have never been abandoned."
The title of his book comes from the tradition of drinking tea: one cup and you are a stranger, the second cup and you become a friend, the third cup and you join our family. What I learned from his speech and how I'd like to apply this is to encourage all of you to have a cup of tea, or two or three with someone who inspires you and helps you to remember the importance of what you do to those that you empower. Maybe we'll all have a cup of tea together at the next Branch Day :)
Here's an interview with Greg Mortenson on the Today Show More from Bb World 2010 to come . . .