A Friday 3 weeks ago I was at Knowmads (http://www.knowmads.nl we educate change makers) in Amsterdam. It was a â€œwhat the fuckâ€™ meeting. The marvellous Fre Hooft van Huysduynen (http://www.frij.nu) was the speaker.
The session opened with a 22 years old young man. He started:
â€œI love being here and thank you all for the opportunity. I love learning, exploring and utilizing my potential. I love to create and co-create. Normal universities and schools do not appeal to me. I hate books and do not read them. I am an entrepreneurâ€.
Then he took us on a journey and showed what he was working on, a collection of very challenging, useful and rewarding projects.
A day later I was walking in the park with my dog Charlie.
A woman entrepreneur walked along with her dog.
I told her about the lovely initiative and meeting.
I quoted the young man:
â€œI hate books and do not read themâ€.
â€˜Huhâ€™, she saidâ€¦â€™No books, no knowledge, no studying?â€™
â€˜What do you think about that?â€™
That remark, that question, is perhaps one of the most damaging and needs to be reviewed.
I answered: nothingâ€. â€œI do not think anything about that. It is how it is.â€
â€˜How is that possibleâ€™, she replied. â€˜You must have an opinion about that.â€™
â€œI do notâ€, I said.