With the end of this week, we will have finalized all of the participants for the Winter 2015 Praxis class, and we couldn’t be more excited. They’ll come together in Austin, Texas in February to learn from leading investors and entrepreneurs, and then go off to break the mold at their business partners. The participants come from all over the country with a variety of backgrounds. Meet one such participant from Tempe, Arizona, Nicole Lough:
In all its simplicity, I love to talk and listen to people’s stories. I am so passionate in producing shared spaces or opportunities for conversation. It seems I picked up quickly on the fact if something is missing from my atmosphere, there is no reason not to create it myself.
In high school, I spent my time in the places I could cooperate on group projects. I would build stage sets for plays, organize Peace Retreats for my church, write for the school paper and the such, but my best project was when I founded the first North Canyon Creative Writing Club. I pushed the club to create a fully illustrated, colored creative writing publication called “Aggressive Exit.” We raised money to produce magazine and distribute a hundred copies for free.
My desire for project building did not cease in high school. I ended up participating these last three years in a student-based non-profit. I would organize out-of-state conference trips, activism events, participate in development fundraising, and host weekly club meetings on political philosophy. When I noticed a deficiency of intellectual diversity, I launched the an online art magazine with this organization — Ama-gi Magazine.
Throughout all my projects, I have had the best conversations. Questions come up – “What’s our vision?” “How should it be produced?” “What is not working?” – and many more, which bring incredible genius out of people. I didn’t find this nourishment through some of the paths I was funneled towards. It was out of these projects did I realize academia was not worth the time or money, and I am more motivated by the dialogue of production.
I am excited to participate in Praxis because Praxis shares my view for creation and direct experience, and they are the perfect institution for exercising those particular skills into something I can later make into my own business.