Change Ventures 2014 - Day 3

Today’s Quote

The difference between who you are and what you want to be is what you do.~ Unknown

What We Did

After a solid day of exploring Bali and getting to know each other better, the students were raring to go. Energy was high, excitement was high and we were full steam ahead starting the day with our Daily Check-In process before filling in our Week Plan including key action items to focus and work on in this packed first week! Today our sessions and workshops consisted of looking in, at ourselves and where we've come from, our weaknesses, challenges etc. It start with a a story sharing session where students did a Pecha Kucha style presentation on themselves and their story. It was a great session for everyone to get to know each other better. Following that we had an About Me poster activity, where we looked at our vulnerabilities, fears, skills and traits as well as emotions and challenges in a slightly creative manner. Our third session was a briefing on the LookBack activity, where students were asked to create a timeline of key pivotal moments in their life (work and personal) - really going deeper into their past as homework. Post lunch we touched on Mapping Desires taking inspiration from Desire Maps from Danielle Laporte before getting into an inspiration session with our first mentor of the programme Jeffrey Paine from Golden Gate Ventures and Founder Institute Singapore.

What We Observed

  1. Deep diving into a more personal week was difficult for some students as some were wanting to get into the hard skills and more tangible segments of our programme. This rushing feeling was still predominant in many of the students as they get use to a different environment and space for the next 18 days.
  2. The inspirational speaker session with Jeffrey Paine was an eye opener to many - he was to the point, firm and insightful on so many levels, really opening up the doors for the students to ask themselves their WHY.
  3. Through the self-reflection many of the students were able to see which areas they wanted to work on and develop further and which areas would help them in their future direction, further firming up their decisions thus far.
  4. The sense of community and connection amongst each of the students was stronger than we thought it would be in Day 3.

Key Takeaways

  • The importance of self-reflection in order to move forward is most often forgotten. By providing guidance in a manner that is less daunting allows students to work through some deep thoughts and the necessary changes for them to move forward.
  • Everyone has a story and each has their own rollercoaster rides that make us who we are, yet we all have something to learn from each other that will further shape us into the next stage of our lives. Peer to peer support and learning is necessary for life long learning and must never be taken for granted.