#4 Reflection on Ted Talk and Refugee Resettlement Pitch

Part l:
Sinek said, “Here’s the best part. None of what I am telling you is my opinion. It’s all grounded in the tenets of Biology. Not psychology. Biology.”
This really hit me, being a person that prefers fact over gut instinct, as making his idea a reality. Until this moment, this has just been a person presenting his idea of how great leaders inspire action, how best business is made. Now this proof shows me that he is completely right, and the human brain is build around this idea, the what, how, why.
Sinek also said, “The difference was, Orville and Wilbur were driven by a cause, by a purpose, by a belief. They believed that if they could figure out this flying machine, it’ll change the course of the world.”
This stood out to me because it is an amazing example of this idea that if you know why you are doing something, if you really believe in what you are doing, then you can achieve it. Orville and Wilbur were definitely the minority in this situation, they didn’t nearly have the resources that Samuel Pierpont Langley had. They did, however, have the drive, the belief, the passion for this project, and that is how they were able to create this plane and chance the course of the world.

Part II:
I found a program that Vermont has started that is helping refugees all around the state. This program, based in Colchester Vermont, helps refugees grow accustom to their new lives in the United States. They will support them for a year, pay for lodging, help them learn the language, and other vital things, then they will let them go. This program has helped hundreds of refugees and is an amazing resource for any immigrant.
What I love about this program is how it understands that growing accustom to the US and really fitting in can be hard for refugees, and they found a way to help them. I think that there is not much that this program is not covering, other than actually helping refugees come into the country. I think that they could do more on the political side of things to help allow refugees like these to come in.

Part lll:

Why:

Why do we need to help these refugees? I think that much is obvious. These are people just like us, who have the same emotions, the same cognitive abilities, who have been driven out of their homes and seen their whole lives crumble around them. These people have spent their whole lives building a future in their country’s, just for it to be swept away. The most humane thing for us, people with a conscience, is to help them.

How:

The how is more complicated. How can we help these immigrants? We need to provide them with a home, with a country, but we also need to make sure that the USA does not crumble under thousands of immigrants. Our vetting process is very good, but we need to provide help to these people that have just got here. We need more programs like the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program. We need programs that help these immigrants when they come here, and help them grow accustomed to the US.

What:

I’m not really sure what the “What” section is asking for this topic. What are we doing now to help these immigrants? I think that the US is doing a good job, but they can do much better. People like Donald Trump want to stem the flow of immigrants, but these are people just like us, looking for a home. Right now we are letting in a relatively large amount of immigrants, but not nearly the amount that countries in Europe have been forced to take. I think that as people with a conscience, we need to aid and support these immigrants any way possible.

Pitch:
These refugees need our help. These are people just like us, who have the same emotions, the same cognitive abilities, who have been driven out of their homes and seen their whole lives crumble around them. They have been driven out by war, by a fear that the next day, they could be killed. It is our civil duty as people with a conscience to help them in their time of need.

We need to provide these refugees with a home, with a country, and a place to stay. Now, how will we do this? With programs that help refugees. When they come to America, many don’t even speak the language, let alone know enough about the culture to be a contributing citizen. That’s why we need programs that support them for a short period of time, help them get accustomed to the US, then we stend them on their way.

Right now we are letting in a relatively large amount of immigrants, but not nearly the amount that countries in Europe have been forced to take. I think that as people with a conscience, we need to aid and support these immigrants any way possible.

Nigel Wormser

4 Responses to “#4 Reflection on Ted Talk and Refugee Resettlement Pitch

  • Hi Nigel,
    You make some great points in here, and I love that you give both the pros and cons of the Immigrant Resettlement Program, and that you touch on the political side of this issue, which is very prominent right now in this country. I wasn’t sure what you were contrasting the Wright Brothers’ situation to in paragraph one. You say

    “The difference was, Orville and Wilbur were driven by a cause, by a purpose, by a belief. They believed that if they could figure out this flying machine, it’ll change the course of the world.”
    This stood out to me because it is an amazing example of this idea that if you know why you are doing something, if you really believe in what you are doing, then you can achieve it. ”

    But you did’t say anything to the contrary before this part.
    I also have a question: what else do you think the program should be “covering” besides material aid and politics?

    Thanks for a great post,
    Theo

  • Hi Nigel,

    My name is Erik Remsen and I am one of the mentors in this program. I read your post since it focuses on refugee resettlement, an issue that I have some interest in as well. I am also a former teacher at Rutland High School, and as I’m sure you know, Rutland was just approved to begin the process of resettling Syrian refugees in the city. The city has a volunteer group called Rutland Welcomes that has begun to prepare for receiving refugees. Here is their website: http://www.rutlandwelcomes.org/ In the course of your research on this topic, if you wanted to speak with members of Rutland Welcomes, let me know I can connect you with the leadership of the group.

    Also if you can, try to check out this film, Salaam Neighbor, that is being shown at Castleton University later this month. (Details here: http://www.castleton.edu/calendars/event/salam-neighbor-film-screening-and-discussion-with-one-of-the-films-directors/2016-10-22/) It is a powerful film on the refugee experience (I saw it last spring) and one of the filmmakers will be there to talk about the film and answer questions afterwards.

    Erik

  • Hi Nigel,
    I really like the way you organized your why, how, what and then concluded with your pitch. It really feels organized and easy to follow. I also enjoy hearing more about your ideas and the programs you discussed. Reading this made me think further and wonder what kind of health care and medical coverage are the refugees offered since they aren’t technically legal?
    Thank you for a great post.
    Grace

  • Hi Nigel,

    I loved this post. It is full of your voice and your opinions which is one of the most important things in the process right now.

    I loved reading about the refugee program in Colchester because my church is involved with it. I didn’t understand what the program was about, and after reading your post I have a much better sense.

    From what I am reading, I think you are passionate about social justice. If you choose to stray from your topic when we meet in November, think about joining with others who are interested in similar issues. You care about this topic, don’t loose it by changing to a topic you aren’t passionate about!

    You are doing great work! Keep it up!

    Ella

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