This class is going to be different. Different format, different atmosphere, different objective. With social technology as our vehicle, we have one simple goal: make someone's life better. With a bold promise to make the time we spend over the next eleven weeks meaningful enough to remember in 10 years time, Professor Aaker offered her friendship, her resources and her out-of-the-box approach to teaching within the first few minutes of class. Today's session covered the parameters of the course (no assigned readings‹eh-hem...only "recommended" readings, we're encouraged to fuel our creativity with food and diversion, and it's a safe place to show a little raw emotion) and one of Aaker's previous students set a high bar with an inspiring story of friendship, activism and loss (www.helpsameer.org).
From yoga to education to healthcare, the quick introductions of each student and their all-over-the-map project interest blurbs left hanging in the air a sense of she's not kidding...let's get down to it. At this point, I don't think anyone knows quite what to expect. But in our short time at the GSB, if there was ever a time to get comfortable with the unexpected, this is probably it.