Leadership Kindling

I hoped the smell of my coffee would waft through those long halls and bring scientists to my room. To keep them there for more than the time it takes to pour a cup of coffee, I baked cookies. It worked beyond my wildest dreams.
This was my second International Camp for Democratic Leadership. ICDL was, most certainly, all about Democratic Leadership. The sessions provided a full range of opportunities to learn about and practice the skills necessary for both leadership and for participation in a truly democratic community.
ICDL wasn’t about plucking from ancient texts the answers to US democracy’s problems. Instead, people came to practice how to think, act, and lead when things get hard.
I have seen enough great spirits over the past three years to give me the confidence that humanity does have the capacity for a moral arc, and I am hopeful that it will continue to bend toward “creative, benevolent, and lasting improvements to our common condition.”
The biggest lesson that I learned throughout this course is that our democracy relies on all Americans to work to improve our current conditions and recognize that our democracy must be our priority to sustain or it will become at risk.
"I associated democratic leadership with only two things: antiquity and politics. This all changed, however, following my participation in the 2021 ICDL. Thanks to Kallion, the ICDL, and everyone I met and collaborated with last summer, I was able to see my world and my surroundings in eye-opening and previously unthought of ways."