Inventing & Innovating

创新创业 “China’s economy, now the world’s second largest, still suffers from low quality of growth. The lack of innovation ability has been the Achilles’ heel for economic development.” -President Xi Jinping, May 2016 Emily and I have been talking a lot about the purpose of our research and how it fits into the idea of … More Inventing & Innovating

Food For Thought

读万卷书不如行万里路 Lately, I’ve been pondering the value of my research. I understand that migrant education is a very prevalent issue, but after reading so much of other people’s research, I started to wonder if this is a topic that is no longer as pressing as it used to be. There has been progress made in … More Food For Thought

A Greater Understanding, A Greater Purpose

听而易忘, 见而易记, 做而易懂 I have been kept busy during this first week at Collective Responsibility. I have raised awareness about plastics sustainability through helping with an event on Thursday and drafting a blog post, and I have helped with the logistics of the training event yesterday for the Target hackathon that is occurring in two weeks. Meanwhile, I … More A Greater Understanding, A Greater Purpose

On the Ground

三人行必有我师 After meeting the team at Collective Responsibility, I was able to talk to another intern about the upcoming hackathon that Collective Responsibility was hosting with Target. Through this conversation, I felt like I was able to gain a greater appreciation for the work that Collective does to promote urban sustainability. Target approached Collective to create … More On the Ground

On the Road

路遥知马力, 日久见人心 I am starting my research in a few days, and I could not be more excited for this wonderful opportunity that I have received. However, I am also slightly nervous, as this is going to be the first time that I am going to be in a foreign country for so long by … More On the Road

Be Bold

有志者事竟成 As a part of relatively young research company that is about to reach its third anniversary, I will be conducting research that sets foundational insights for people to understand the purpose and vision of Collective Responsibility. As a researcher participant, I have two main responsibilities. I am engaging in and integrating myself into the … More Be Bold

Step by Step

不怕路长, 只怕志短 As I prepare for my research abroad, I have to wonder what implications my research might have on public policy in China. I have studied some policy in school, but it has always been in the context of the United States. China has a different governmental system that I will need to gradually … More Step by Step

Moving Mountains

人心齐, 泰山移 Over the weekend, Amigos de las Américas hosted a training for the Loewenstern fellows to help us make any abstract ideas we had about service and research abroad more concrete. Amigos is a Houston-based nonprofit that envisions “a world where each young person becomes a life-long catalyst for social change.” This training mimicked … More Moving Mountains