By Cindy Chin, CLC Advisors, LLC CEO
Freedom Tower, One World Trade Center
New York City
On my walk home in the rain from the Social Impact Exchange Conference about scaling impact in cities and a room of wealth and affluence, I encountered this view of Freedom Tower at One World Trade Center. It afforded more than the memory of what occurred on 911, but what it takes to rebuild and how it can happen – collaboration amongst cities, governments, people, country, philanthropy, and the private sector.
In public school education in the United States where math and English are the anchors in education strategy, the arts and culture are set aside against a limited amount of resources and priorities. In an increasingly globalized world, that leaves behind many Americans in a conflicting identity crises of a swirling melting pot. Without a platform or an economic market in the education, philanthropy, or government involvement in the arts and culture, the risk is rising conflicts of the freedoms of expression. Technology alone will not be the solution. Communication, expression of voice or thought, is the key to enable widespread systematic change.
This one building, one of a few, represents how America can rebuild itself after tragedy, catastrophe, setbacks, and failures. Its lessons will continue to teach well into the future for generations to come. The arts and culture helps heal the human condition in tragedies and crises. Then what must remain is hope.
“May the raindrops fall lightly on your brow. May the soft winds freshen your spirit. May the sunshine brighten your heart. May the burdens of the day rest lightly upon you, and may God enfold you in the mantle of His love.”
– Irish blessing