And what would my father have said when I told him the news? He would have loved this. Then the tears flowed. This was the first big thing that had happened since he passed away and I really wanted to share the news with him. He was like a big satellite dish when it came to receiving good news. He would usually say, "Really?! Get out of town!" Then he would use the Yiddish phrase "You've warmed the cockles of my heart." He would end with his arms opening wide and give me a big hug ... It made whatever it took to get there worth it.Here's what was brilliant about Shlain's speech: She found a way to use film to engage the graduating seniors and include them in her talk:
What a great opportunity to try an experiment: let's ask the graduates what they think the future will hold. We had five camera crews at the event filming graduates before and after the ceremony. What we ended up with was better than we expected. Bursting with anticipation and hope and optimism about making the world a better place, these graduates delivered.Here's a sampler of what the grads said:
And here's the speech Shlain gave before a crowd of 11,500--the largest ever at Berkeley:
Share your reactions to her experience and her speech in the comments.