Henry May is a social entrepreneur based in Bogotá, Colombia. He is the CEO and co-founder of Coschool, an organisation that transforms the lives of young people across the Columbia by building their character and leadership skills.
He is also the founder of The Huracan Foundation which provides financial support to a selection of grassroots charities and initiatives in low income communities that use football to inspire children and improve education. Projects are currently being supported in Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Nepal and the Philippines.
1:01 How Henry and I know each other. A bit about Karnival at the University of Nottingham.
04:29 The Huracan Story (video below is Henry being interviewed on Argentinian TV)
11:48 The birth of The Huracan Foundation
14:40 My trip to Argentina
16:40 The birth of Coschool
20:37 The importance of teaching leadership/character skills as opposed to traditional subject matter in Columbia. A little about the cultural/political landscape in Colombia.
23:01 The short sightedness of prioritising traditional subject matter in schooling (maths, geography etc). A parallel with medical school curricula?
24:33 Why the ability to have difficult conversations is so crucial.
27:40 A day in the life of an emergency medicine doctor is a day made up largely of difficult conversations (repeatedly breaking bad news).
29:26 An uniformed ramble from me about artificial intelligence. Henry’s input makes up for it.
Here is Joe Rogan and Elon Musk chatting about AI
33:28 Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset
“Mindset” by Carol Dweck (who I embarrassingly confused with Angela Duckworth)
Here is Dweck’s excellent TED talk
37:12 The Four Horseman of Fixed Mindset
38:20 Growth/Fixed Mindset applied to healthcare.
40:46 How I’m trying to adopt a Growth Mindset as I develop my podcast skills.
43:42 The importance of exercise. We discuss Henry’s morning routine (5am mountain running) and my new yoga habit.
“Discipline equals Freedom” – Jocko Willink
48:54 Henry waxes about a couple of grants that Coschool has just won from The Gates Foundation and The Botnar Foundation.
50:16 The importance of saying no.
“Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” by Greg Mckeown
Want more from Henry?
@henrymay73 on twitter
Henry on LinkedIn
“How Children Succeed” – Paul Tough
(This was Henry’s official choice in when I put him on the spot… he made a couple of other book recommendations which are listed in the show notes above)
Until next week.
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