The Genius of Communication

by Marissa Shorenstein

As Mark Twain once said, “Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered, either by themselves or by others.” Although this literary genius made this observation over a century ago, this remains true, particularly in the many underserved communities across the United States.

Too often in poor neighborhoods and isolated areas, potential geniuses miss out on opportunities to achieve success in the future. In other words, the cards are stacked against them.

In today’s ever-changing tech landscape, every young person should be able to safely and efficiently take advantage of what technology has to offer: to communicate and use the power of connection for good. AT&T’s Aspire initiative is reaching out to underserved communities to ensure that students can connect with opportunities to better their future.

Technology creates more unique learning opportunities for more people and better prepares our youth for a more innovative workforce. It is changing the way we communicate, how we work and how we play.

And with the estimated 2.5 billion additional people that will be connected to the “knowledge economy” by 2030, it is our job to ensure that everyone can connect and communicate in this modern world.

Being connected can leverage opportunities for geniuses to shine. That is why it is incumbent upon us to identify and develop new partnerships to better meet and fill these gaps. Companies and nonprofits have the ability to cross collaborate, and develop programs that can unlock and provide more resources for underserved communities, thereby creating more opportunities for future generations.

As a company, we are committed to finding new ways to enhance technology and people’s general ability to communicate with one another. Whether it is bringing mobile-high speed Internet into the classroom or developing more mentorship programs in key communities, we want to make it easier for people to keep up.

The 92nd Street Y’s “7 Days of Genius” is a celebration of big thinkers, achievers, and the people of the world who have an unwavering determination to change it. Let’s help more geniuses get discovered, either by themselves or with the help of others.

Geniuses exist everywhere. It is incumbent upon us to make sure they can be discovered, and that everyone regardless of background has the opportunity to succeed.

Marissa Shorenstein is the president of AT&T in New York. AT&T is proud sponsor of 92nd Street Y’s “7 Days of Genius” Livestream and On-Demand.

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