The conversation during class last week got really interesting. Who knew something as simple as a t-shirt would cause one to the best conversations we’ve had all semester!
The main topic was Jane McGonigal but it somehow shifted to the UMSI t-shirt that says “I will change the world” and the issues with saying it because it’s cliché and were preaching to the choir because everyone want to change the world. Some even felt like it was saying that we are privileged and declaring that we know what’s best, we know what issues others are facing and how to fix it.
There’s nothing wrong with realizing the fact that we are privileged to be at UMSI. I’m privileged because others have sacrificed to allow me the flourish. It doesn’t mean that we didn’t work hard to get here, its acknowledging that there are other factors than our own input that have resulted in us being at Uof M. And I will take my privilege, passion and knowledge gained to inspire people, produce content and implement ideas and developments that will have an effect on the world..even if it not ending poverty and hunger. It’s a mindset that you are not going to be selfish. But ethical and giving. That were not here solely for personal gain but rather to build our community and pass along what we know. To me saying that I will change the world is understanding that I’m a small part of a larger community and always keeping in my contribution must be meaningful and positive to others and not just something to make my resume stand out.
I don’t at all think it’s some 1st world superiority declaration that we are the only ones who can implement changes. It’s a challenge the I welcome and pose to others. I wear the shirt proudly because I know my purpose is to leave the world a better place. And I want others to think about how they will change the world. What the point of spending all this money and being stressed out if you aren’t going to do something meaningful even if its only going to make a difference to a small group of people? It’s not about making millions…although I would love to be wealthy one day… That’s not a priority for me. I love librarianship because it allows me to help others.. Whether it’s with a research question, in a maker space, or finding the bathroom. I love it. I help others find the information they need to do something that they find important.
Til next time….shhhh