Authors: Sache Jones | College Ambassador, Spelman College
It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.
– C. S. Lewis
Author (right) with fellow Ambassador Illai Kenney (Howard University) at Power Shift 2011I couldn't have said it better. As a Green For All College Ambassador, my focus during the past semester was putting my campus into flight. I made it my role to create a unit with one common goal amongst all the AUC schools. I reached out to community partners and identified groups and faculty on campus that would elevate the movement and bring the green jobs economy to Atlanta in full force. However, in the words of Vladimir Nabokov, Revelation can be more perilous than Revolution. Even so, I'd add, revelation must precede revolution in order to ensure the latter's success. That is to say the Fall semester was very challenging. While my past experiences have added to my preparedness, I had never before been charged with building a movement. Cicely Tyson once said that "challenges make you discover things about yourself," and "make the instrument stretch." During my Fall stretching, I realized that I am a visionary. I see the scattered pieces and can complete the puzzle. However, I have also learned that clearly communicating the same vision to others is often the greater challenge. With that understanding I came into the spring semester refreshed, and helped my fellow Green For All College Ambassadors bring over 200 HBCU students to attend Power Shift 2011, the largest African-American delegation in Power Shift history. In organizing that delegation and through my other experiences over the past semester, I have learned that you must be cultivated and hatched before you can fly. In other words, planning is an equally important step in success as the actual product. Even with a whole semester of training and action under my belt, I'm still undergoing the hatching process. At the same time, I remind myself daily that "No real social change has ever been brought about without a revolution," and that "revolution is but thought carried into action." (Emma Goldman) With the help of Green For All and others in my College Ambassadornetwork, I am ready to work towards unfolding my vision in the new semester, to carry that into action and fly.