“Be a nuisance where it counts.” Those are the words of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, an American journalist, women’s rights activist and environmentalist. Having freedom of speech is not just an opportunity for self-expression. It is what makes it possible for us to participate in the decisions that will shape our future, being an active part of our democratic processes. It also makes it possible for us to collaborate in the creation of new knowledge, playing a role in innovating solutions to the problems that face us all. These are the skills that will give you the greatest advantage in our rapidly changing world, and that will be the most valued. Learning these skills means learning to be a nuisance where it counts.
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