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The Heroism Of West African Ebola Workers | WGBH News

The Ebola outbreak is a crisis that exists on a level above political and geographical boundaries. The rapid spread has forced organizations like the World Health Organization (WHO) to wrangle with politicians and governing bodies. The process has been slow and fraught.

“Someone has to stop this. It’s not going to be the WHO. It’s not going to be the government of these nations. … They basically shook their heads, and sat on their fingers for months before they did anything, as has most of the West.”

By necessity, other actors have stepped in to fill the void, and they’ve done so at great risk to their lives and livelihood. But what type of person puts herself in the middle of a humanitarian crisis?”

It’s less about characteristics, and more about the inner power and spirit that lies within us, often dormant — and then something … calls it forth,” Koehn said. “I think what we see here — and those people who put themselves on the [Boston Marathon] finish line, those emergency workers who just pour into danger zones — is the spirit that gets unlocked, and is incredibly powerful, that makes an enormous difference …, much more difference than any of these huge, big leaders that we put up on pedestals.”

via The Heroism Of West African Ebola Workers | WGBH News.


Step Up | American University

A note from The Power Button: The below video is a fantastic illustration of the concepts of the 3D (Direct, Delegate, Distract) model for bystander intervention, which we discussed in The Speed of One: 4th of 6 Heroic Arts. The Office of Campus Life also has some tremendous resources via

You can make a big difference in the lives of others and change your world. Here’s one way to do it.

From YouTube: Step Up is an award-winning bystander intervention program, adopted by American University, that uses five steps to teach students how to intervene in situations including sexual assault, alcohol abuse, mental health emergencies, hazing, and more. Step Up. Be More Than A Bystander.

This film has been created by the Office of University Communications and Marketing and the Office of Campus Life.


We’re afraid of confrontation, and it’s killing us

I discovered Twitter Analytics for the first time this weekend, and like any good nerd, I spent a lot of time scrolling through the data for my account.

On March 12th, there was an enormous spike that correlated with the readership for my blog that day, which was the day that I published a post entitled “It’s time for fraternities to die.”

The original tweet received responses such as “Good thoughts,” “Interesting read,” and even one person said they shared it at a presidents retreat, where students called it “the most impactful article they have ever read”.

On March 13th, I tagged a number of associations in the interfraternal world, asking for them to join the conversation. The tweet had a high number of clicks, but produced zero comments, discussion, or questions. Read more »


Finding you: How to slay your dragon

Have you ever felt like it was all leading up to this moment?

In the movies and on TV, we oftentimes see the adventures of the characters culminate in some moment as if the characters’ entire existence had led and prepared them for that moment.

Then, we may read about a famous figure or leader who is making a difference in the world, and we dismiss their journeys because they are somehow larger than life. They are more than mortal, more than us.

We look at these fictional and factual figures, and we may feel frustrated, and wonder: Why can’t I do that? Read more »

Now You Are Lost Cartoon

You were here, now you are lost, & why that’s good

I’m lost.

For four years, I have been blogging and speaking about the Heroic Arts and the Hero’s Journey. I absolutely believe that there is a hero inside each and every one of us, and I believe in the power of the message.

I get chills every time I talk about being a hero. It’s a cool feeling, and admittedly one I wish I could experience more frequently.

One of the pieces of advice I have held close to my heart is to find what you enjoy, and to find ways to do that as often as possible.

The question is: How? Read more »


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