In February, Susan Fowler wrote a blog post that detailed her experience being sexually harassed by her manager at Uber. By June, twenty employees had been fired as a result of the subsequent investigation, and CEO Travis Kalanick was forced to resign.
In July, graduate student Allison Harbin bravely wrote a series of blog posts about why she left academia. A senior professor in her department stole part of her Ph.D. dissertation and published it under his own name. Turns out this is much more common than you’d think.
Both women are working on problems that could change the world (treatment of women, corruption).
Dr. Peter Diamandis, who was named by Fortune Magazine as one of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders,” has an idea that resonates here:
“I now have a very simple metric I use: Are you working on something that can change the world? Yes or no? The answer for 99.999999% of people is ‘no.’ I think we need to be training people on how to change the world.”
Young people bring us new technologies that can change the world. But just because they can change the world doesn’t mean they will.