of Tibet and trainings
It has been a four-day whirlwind of trainings and workshops, meeting other hardcore Tibet activists, and Thupten's famous chili paste and averaging five hours of sleep at night because we were up talking or singing or because we slept next to Jigme who generates snores the way the CCP generates propaganda.
Anyway, this is definitely the most helpful training I have attended so far. The workshop I liked best was the one where we talked about SFT's mission, vision, and operating statement. The workshop cleared up confusion I didn't even know I had about SFT like our stand on nonviolence. I encourage everyone to read the mission and values statement carefully. I also really really liked the brainstorming session for the Olympics 2008 in Beijing.We talked about creating Team Tibet, the Forbidden Team, because the China has forbidden the concept and existence of the Tibetan nation. Someone suggested making fake newspaper fronts with fake headlines about Team Tibet and distributing them nationally or globally. Tsering from Canada suggested that Tibet support groups and communities could start up funds to help pay for people to get to Beijing. And I thought, a free trip to Beijing, yes please.
I am going back to school with new energy and new tools. In some ways, this leadership training was like a major shot of Red Bull, and I think the skills and knowledge I learned from this one will sustain and inspire me till the next one.
But for now, I am going to the lovely Santa Barbara beaches to chill with the other SFTers and talk about how we are going out for a drink tonight!
Tenzin Dickyi, SFT, Harvard University.