It’s good to be on the ‘right’ side of a fight or cause, or project. It doesn’t happen all that often. Too many times, we find ourselves in a moment when we should have stood up and objected, raised our hand or voice, and said “no” or “yes”… or anything but be silent. However, personal interest (economic or emotional) confuses the moment and then it is gone. But, as I said, sometimes you find yourself on the right side of the equation and it is good–it is inspiring, it is informative, and it is most certainly a place where fear has no quarter.
Last week I began development on an educational video that was shot in Mesa, Arizona, on a Native American reservation. Without getting into too much detail, the video is about math as seen through Native American hoop dancing. AZ was 107 degrees, I had no budget to speak of, and the entire proof-of-concept was called in on favors from tribal educators that shared a common vision for a new kind of digital content.
Yes, the reservation I visited is beset by challenges of getting education to its sons and daughters–gangs, poverty, drugs…etc.; but working on the side of the problem with teachers was nothing short of brilliance. Here is a teaser from the few days I most clearly was on the right side of the equation.