The more I Read about Social Entrepreneurship the more I get excited about what we are doing at Warner Pacific. After researching the subject, helping to write a grant request, and creating a curriculum that will encourage entrepreneurial innovation and creativity I am convinced that this new major fits the Warner Pacific Educational Model. This major will allow us to develop holistically thinking students who are able to see human and economic need, while responding creatively with solutions. I see students entering into what Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi calls FLOW. FLOW is “a state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter, the experience itself is so enjoyable that people will do it even at great cost, for the sheer sake of doing it.” In other words, they have found the purpose that God has for them.
Being in a FLOW takes the person away from vegetating in front of the TV. This could be seen as going against the stream of our modern culture. In today’s WSJ there was a great article discussing the “Crisis of American Self-Governance.” The article does a good job of warning the reader about the Europeanization of the United States (which reflects our cultural metamorphosis), as indicated by the growth of government and loss of liberty. “Equality un-tempered by liberty invites disaster. Pushed to the extremes, democracy can lead to mass rule by an ignorant and uncaring government.” This government can then create an entitlement mentality that eliminates innovation and creativity, taking us out of FLOW.
When we see there is no reason to exercise initiative, and believe that “that progress is inevitable and life easy, [we] may quickly lose courage and determination in the face of the first signs of adversity. [We lose heart] as [we] realize that what [we] had believed in [liberty] is not entirely true, they abandon faith in everything else they have learned. Deprived of the customary supports that cultural values had given them, they flounder in a morass of anxiety and apathy.” They enter into an Orwellian mentality of apathy.
I am excited about our new Major at WPC. This will encourage our students to embrace creativity and innovation, and fight against the apathetic mentality of sameness. Our students will become the solution, using entrepreneurial innovation and creativity to solve society’s problems.
And that is my thought for the day!