What's Your Moonshot?

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What is a Moonshot? 

The original "Moonshot" was just that.  Man daring to go where no man had gone before- the moon.  As a species we did not have the technology or the know how to step foot on the moon and yet through ingenuity and dedication two countries started a race to accomplish just that.  Moonshot Thinking is exactly what it sounds like, taking a seemingly impossible task and setting out to accomplish it.  Mark Twain had a great quote about accomplishing such feats, “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”  Being a UI Fellow is a unique opportunity in that many of us have our own “Moonshots” and by surrounding ourselves with others that are just as passionate about their Moonshots we can set out to change the world.

What's Your Moonshot?

Environmental Impact

As a society, we have the tools to leave the world a better place for the next generation and yet we have broadly chosen not to take the steps to do so.  We continue to burn fossil fuels at a rate which is not sustainable.  We ship food across the world, we deplete our fresh water supplies to water lawns, we dump greenhouse gases into the atmosphere to feed the power plants that allow us to watch television and enjoy our air-conditioned homes.  In the course of 30yrs, the average home will consume the equivalent of 39,021lbs of coal and dump 85.11 metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.  My moonshot would be to take those numbers to ZERO and a great first step to get there would be to put a solar panel on every house in the world...do the math and look at the difference we could make!

Fellows passionate about fixing our impact on the environment: Rob Salamon

Education in America

Education in America needs to be revolutionized. We are currently setting ourselves up for failure by investing money in a broken system that needs a complete redesign. There are countless articles and expert opinions that describe the numerous ways that we are not adequately preparing future generations. Students in higher education are racking up record levels of debt as the cost of attendance has increased at a rate much greater than the rate of inflation.

Fellows passionate about fixing education in America: Corey Brugh