Oct. 21 — Remarkable Impact

Last week, we asked you What If BU Brandon University could come together and focus our efforts towards making a single, powerful impact in the world? What are our biggest challenges, and how can we play an effective leading role in addressing them?

One theme that ran through all responses was the theme of change. Some responses identified big changes that are being foisted upon us – climate change and digital disruption, in particular, were common answers. Other responses called on Brandon University to be a change agent, to lead — through our research and our graduates, primarily — the change that we want to see in the world.

Many of you linked our local impact to global results. There was a strong feeling that we can achieve high levels of impact locally while learning what works and what doesn’t for communities around the world. We can set an example. Some of the ways in which you suggested we could set a local example included connecting with our strong rural and agricultural region to address challenges like climate change, water quality, food security, and animal rights. It was also suggested that we could play a leading role in reconciliation, in fostering diversity and tolerance, in ethics and morality, in job training and inequality, and in artificial intelligence and new technology.

Finally, many responses suggested that the real challenge will be resistance to change. Some of you identified cultural and social reasons why that might be so. Do we have the will and commitment to really change? Others believed that the true challenge is a lack of resources.

While the responses last week were some of the most varied to any What If yet (you’re challenging our ability to synopsize!) there was still the very familiar strain that has united all of the weeks so far: A strong drive for action, a pride in Brandon University and our accomplishments, and a desire to celebrate our actions and accomplishments, now and in the future.

Thank you for being a part of this What If. If you missed it, or if you have additional thoughts, you can continue to participate below.

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