Lesson Eight. Keep moving forward

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IMG_1388Three cities remain following Seoul in this running stunt. Each of those cities are critical in threading together the intellectual engagement of this question: ‘how might we use our networks to improve the delivery of child survival?’ Glasgow, Toronto and New York are all critical cities renowned globally for their thinking.

For the time being, it would seem that those three cities are immediately out of reach. The sensible thing would be to postpone the journey until it is financially viable and less of a personal risk to myself.

Ought we to play it safe and accept what is reasonable? George Bernard Shaw would advise otherwise: “The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him… The unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions to himself… All progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

This image of a human bridge which inspires the photo-essay in the book ‘Life Bridge’ is in part inspired by words adapted from the legendary Korean marathon world champion Son Ki-chung who broke the world-record in 1935 and won the 1936 Berlin Olympic Marathon: “The human bridge makes incredible things possible when supported by strong commitment and passion

Holding the remaining three cities in abeyance until 2015 is an option, and still allows for forward movement. But perhaps our frustration with an incomplete journey ought to inspire us to push harder to make incredible things possible now. Completing the running stunt directly from Seoul is an outcome that is not possible within my current resources, but achieving it would give an inspiring context to the Design Forum in the knowledge of a completed running stunt that the seemingly impossible is possible. This is why I am appealing for help from a select group of ‘bridge builders’.

The proposed schedule for the Design Forum would engage with a broad community of partners and stakeholders for participation proposed as follows:

Proposed Schedule for Design Forum
Theme Location Date (2015)
Framing the problem: Focus on Papua New Guinea Osaka February (middle)
Port Moresby February (late)
Global context, ideation and opportunity Glasgow, London and Oxford April
Toronto May
New York May
Evaluating prototypes Sydney June
New Delhi July
Implementation, delivery and moving forward Johannesburg August
Nairobi August
Singapore September
China (TBC) October
Seoul October

The importance of ‘bridge builders’ to support this initiative immediately is that it enables preparation of this schedule with confidence.

Lesson Seven. We underestimate the influence of our encouragement

Lesson Nine. Expressing a silent tribute

Read all Nine Lessons here in a complete PDF attachment

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