We’re in Antigua, West Indies, on our Rotary project, working in the schools. Over the course of the trip I’ve had 12 meetings (in seven business days). They’ve included:
- Government – meeting the acting Prime Minister, the Board of Education, and the Director of Education (really the COO of the school system), the Minister of Information and Technology, and the Director of Education.
- Funding – a (great) meeting with our top non-Rotary funding source.
- Media – appearing on Good Morning Antigua and a morning radio show.
- Rotary – attending the Rotary Club of Antigua’s meeting.
- And a few others.
This project is like business, there are partnerships everywhere. In business you have partnerships with customers, employees, suppliers, advisors, and more. In addition to the above Rotary, funding, and government partnerships my Rotary club also partnered with:
- The Bellevue School District’s technology department, to provide the people to install computers and Wi-Fi networks.
- Our trainer, who we hire to instruct the teachers on how to more effectively reach their students using technology (lesson plans, exercises, interactive, etc.).
Just like a business, we couldn’t do it in a vacuum. We need all of the above. And the result has been we’ve had an extremely successful trip, probably our most productive.
“We learn from history that we do not learn from history.” Georg W.F. Hagel