In the end it’s important to keep our mentality of the underdog or we lose our capacity to innovate.

“Yes, we are all underdogs and we love to see ourselves as underdogs. but know the kind of dog you are at a particular moment in life and be mindful of where others are on their own underdog journeys. and if they are the kind of underdog that is voiceless or marginalized or vulnerable, be an ally and be of help. and if they are just coming up in your profession or they are struggling to get better, bring them along. And if they are breaking with the status quo and are deciding to be one of those underdogs by choice, encourage them. Don’t tell them that they have no chance of making it. And if they are a big dog or you are a big dog, help the big dogs next to you see their power and privilege. That does not mean that they are not struggling. They are struggling on a whole different level. And in the end it’s important to keep our mentality of the underdog or we lose our capacity to innovate.” Cristian Lupșa

About the speaker

Cristian Lupșa is the editor of DoR, a magazine that believes well-crafted intimate journalism can connect people, heal wounds, inspire, lead, and create change. His career in journalism began in 2000, and has taken him from Romania to the U.S., and back. He started DoR in 2009, and since 2011 is also the host of The Power of Storytelling, an international storytelling conference. He is an alumnus of the Aspen Institute Romania’s Young Leaders program, and was a 2014 fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.

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