There is always a new generation of risk-takers who are constantly pushing us.
I started with EWB when I was 21 years old, when we were only a small handful of people. We just went for it.
I organized our first-ever conference, which helped launch us as a national organization—but until then, I had never even attended a conference. It didn’t dawn on me how bold that was.
Ten years later, with a Rhodes Scholarship, a PhD and international policy experience behind me, I realized I’m much more risk averse than I used to be.
Yet I realize how important risk taking is, because it’s how we learn and innovate.
That’s why our community is so important: there is always a new generation of risk-takers who are constantly pushing us.
Alex Conliffe, former EWB Vice-President, Operations; former risk-taker