By Kate Materese
When reflecting on my NFTE experiences this week, I couldn’t help but entertain a few philosophical musings. Please indulge briefly, since I believe these highlight a unique facet of what we at NFTE do.
Despite all of the interconnectedness of our modern technological society, America is often a nation of fragmentation. It’s the 99% v. the 1%; Unions v. corporations; Democrats v. Republicans; race v. race; religion v. religion—the list goes on. Especially in a city as large as New York, it’s easy to forget that the 8 million people living here do collectively comprise a single community. Divisions are easy to spot, and instances of real unity between groups of people are often invisible. Yet one of the best things I’ve noticed about NFTE in the past few weeks is the program’s ability to leverage human capital from a variety of sectors an