...In that simple reframing from technology to empowerment of people, I believe there’s something everyone one of us — whether designer, programmer, entrepreneur, investor, teacher, student, parent, or child — can learn from Red. Especially in a world where we tend to focus on teaching kids to code, debating the flatness of the latest iOS, or discussing the newest and shiniest device still searching for a meaningful application.
Red is known as “the godmother of Silicon Alley”...
From Red Burns’ Opening Remarks to New Students
What I want you to know:
That there is a difference between the mundane and the inspired.
That the biggest danger is not ignorance, but the illusion of knowledge.
That any human organization must inevitably juggle internal contradictions — the imperatives of efficiency and the countervailing human trade-offs.
What I hope for you:
That you combine that edgy mixture of self-confidence and doubt.
That you have enough self-confidence to try new things.
That you have enough self doubt to question.
That you think of technology as a verb, not a noun; it is subtle but important difference.
Over the course of her career, Margaret Gould Stewart has led the design teams for five of the top-10 most visited websites in the world. Stewart is currently Director of Product Design at Facebook. Prior to that, she was Director of User Experience at YouTube as well as head of User Experience for Search and Consumer Products at Google. Stewart has been a juror for the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Architecture for Humanity. Follow her on Twitter @mags.