On the 7th day of each month we pause to reflect on the Institute program and celebrate #Day7. Last week we shared the stories of Vincent and Clivane, and today we are sharing Remi’s experience at the Institute:
Before attending the Institute, I did not know what to expect. Sure, I had participated in many conferences in the past and other events and programs to hone in on certain skill sets, but combining it into a week-long retreat was unique.
During the Institute, I kept looking around. There were so many self-selecting leaders who chose to forego their Spring Break to gain leadership credibility in a program where we were virtually expected to participate for 12 hour days. I loved learning a little bit about each student’s academic life and tidbits about their majors, and even more I loved learning about their personal lives, which gave a window into how they chose to attend this and why. The most memorable activity came towards the end. We were asked early on to choose a passion and write it down. We spent a good while consciously and subconsciously thinking about this passion. One of the last activities was to present it to others and explain how we actually expected to complete it – the hard part.
I knew at an early age that interactions amongst humans were really interesting to me. Even more, the misunderstandings, conflicts, and violence that occur always made me think about ways to actually handle them. It seemed so common to focus on the actual happenings but no one ever really discussed ways to manage them effectively. That was my personal goal since attending and leaving LeaderShape’s Institute program.
Brāv sees an opportunity to bring unfettered tech to an unheralded task: as a “first aid kit” in the most pressurized human-to-human interactions. Chat bots may never be more than glorified clocks, but they can still be of sentimental and alarmingly practical value. Incubating the machine alongside human mediators makes sense: both can grow and learn from each other with regularity (and regularization, but more on that later).
Brāv uses three types of conflict managers:
- Brāv Ones, who are trained directly at www.brav.org to manage the conflicts of others,
- Licensed Professionals, and
- Bots, which help manage conflicts using queries and responses sending the information to the intended Administration.
Brāv ultimately becomes the first option in workplaces, schools, in lieu of HRs, deans and principals’ standard policies, eliminating hassle for everyone. In addition, teaming up with groups including schools, workplaces, police departments and task forces allows for accountability, and collaboration. Diverse functionalities abound, including emasks for users who may not wish to show their face to those they are in conflict. We may be witnessing a bot uprisal, but bots themselves will have to watch us in action before leaving us usurped.
LeaderShape has the ability to transform smart people into influential people. Similarly Brāv has the opportunity to change people from slumber into facilitators of non-violent conflict management. Contact us for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remi holds a JD, a Master’s Degree in Health Law and Policy, and is a Psychology graduate of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.