Scandinavia 2016: Day 9 – The project comes together

In 2016 we are leading 4 high school summer trips. You can read all about our Global Innovators trips or get in touch to ask us any questions about the programs. Our 2016 Scandinavia trip “Getting Americans on the Bicycle” focuses on innovation, start-ups and community in cities around the world. During the trip, students take turns writing a daily blog post to describe their project process and exploration, follow along here. “Coming together is a beginning.  Keeping together is progress.  Working together is success.” – Henry Ford

Today was not only a marvelous day in Malmö, but we also had a major breakthrough with the project.  Breakfast was filled with the buzzing and hum of nearly one hundred rope skippers as the International Jump Roping Championship is being held here (who knew we would be in Scandinavia for so many obscure sporting events?!).  We then spent half of the day in a marathon project meeting in one of the hotel’s conference rooms.  Perhaps it was the fact that we were in a professional environment or that Scandinavians put inspiration in their yogurt, but we all worked exceedingly well together and had an abundance of ideas for the project.

At the end of our meeting we decided to come together and focus collectively on one idea:  the creation of a company that provides discounts to people for bicycling to restaurants, shops, etc.  We have paired off into our own branches of interest:  engineering, infographic, website, and business proposal.

I think it is unique to find a group of students who share such an eagerness and passion for the same idea and who want to work to take an idea to the next level.  I think Henry Ford’s quote is quite à propos to this team; we came together at the beginning of the trip, we have kept together through hail storms, bike rides and work sessions, and we are working together to create a bicycling community across the U.S. and make the world a better place.  I am excited to see where this leads us!