Guy Kawasaki, venture capitalist and a co-founder of alltop.com (on which this blog appears in the Hawaii section), is featured in a fascinating Q&A in today's New York Times.
He talks about the importance of lessons learned in failure. And points out that it's a lot easier for a leader to make a decision than to implement it.
My favorite quote: "I learned from Steve Jobs that some things need to be believed to be seen."
I feel the truth of this statement in seeking funding for PBS Hawaii's Hiki No statewide student news network, now under development in Hawaii. It's an innovative multi-media initiative pulling together public, private and charter schools in the exercise of journalism, democracy, giving voice to the powerless, and 21st-century workforce skills.
Some people catch the vision of it; others want to see it in operation before they make up their mind. So far, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation and Commercial Data Systems see it in their mind's eye, believe in it and have invested in its creation.
Hiki No means "can do" in the Hawaiian language--and ultimately it'll be the students of Hawaii (Guy used to be one of them!) who'll show that this can be done. It will be a vehicle for many people and places that have been invisible in Honolulu-centric media.
When you believe, you'll see it! Or, wait to see it and believe.