Archive for March, 2015

A Willingness to Help

Flying into New Orleans, I could still see some of the damage done by Hurricane Katrina, now nearing ten years since the storm. Downtown New Orleans still had buildings with visible water level marks from the crippling storm. I couldn’t even imagine what it must have been like for hundreds of thousands of residents to come back to their city and begin the clean up.

But it was evident for our team that New Orleans was a city that banded together, and became stronger from such an utter tragedy.

While at Delgado Community College, the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour spent an afternoon with a few hundred students, giving them stories, tricks, and tools to help them on their own entrepreneurial journeys.

As the day progressed, many students began exchanging contact information, and even a few ideas. When an attendee asked if anyone knew someone with commercial kitchen space, three people offered to allow her to use their space. It was really powerful to see so much selflessness in one room.

The people of New Orleans are all individuals that have fostered a willingness to help others. It is through this willingness to help each other that they rebuilt their city, their houses, their businesses, and their community.

The wikipedia entry for New Orleans notes that it is known as the “most unique” city in the United States. It is a city filled with personality and culture, but most importantly people who can and do create big things.

And now, they have a thriving local business economy all stemming from countless individuals that are willing to lend a helping hand.