HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT FOR altMBA.
Create a video persuading change.
Choose a specific audience.
Craft your message for them.
I chose Seth Godin.
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Hey Seth it’s Lisa.
Thank you for inviting me into your office today for a chat. I’m still high from celebrating with my classmates around our digital bonfire. I could see the collective glow on people’s faces from all over the world who I’ve shared this transformation with.
And even as my heart feels full, I also have his gnawing raw feeling in my gut, because when the coaches said ‘Find the Others’ – the Ruckus Makers who have inspired me to change, they can’t currently access a seat around the bonfire.
I’m here to tell you with love Seth, that alt MBA, the future of education, is actually broken.
It’s broken for my friend and Ruckus Maker, Myles a Deaf Hacker and microgrant entrepreneur, Myles needs to see the words people are speaking, in order to contribute his generous feedback.
It’s broken for ruckus maker, T Reid a Blind podcaster who uses screen readers to have any visual on the internet read outloud to him.
It’s broken for ruckus maker, Alice a disabled dancer who would be able to access this program just fine from her wheelchair, but would not participate in solidarity with the disability community. Pause.
6 years before you were born the US education system was broken because it was still segregated based on race.
6 years before you were born integration of public schools began.
Now can you imagine if the altMBA program was missing the faces and voices of our colleagues of color. It’s unfathomable to imagine.
We wouldn’t imagine segregating education by race, but somehow we are accepting segregation of online education based on disability.
The good news is I’m sitting in front of you right now. I have the experience, the passion obviously media & the internet accessible. And I bring to this friendly intervention a spectrum of ways to make progress.
On the easy win end of the spectrum would be including accurate subtitles for all video content. [subtitles]
And over here on the other end of the spectrum is the entire online real estate of altMBA being updated & certified as accessible by an accountability partner, let’s say Accessible360.
Anywhere along that spectrum is a step in the right direction. A step towards a final bonfire celebration feeling good everywhere in my body not just here, but in the gut too, knowing that I Lisa Niedermeyer asked you Seth Godin
Will you go on a journey of innovating online education and graduate the first class of 2021 as fully integrated for disabled ruckus makers?
[pause for 12 seconds of silence and wait for Seth’s response]