Our Pathways to Impact programmes aims to create a movement of Ambassadors for Change.
Awareness & Understanding
Paving the pathway to creating impact begins with understanding what it is that we are trying to change. In the context of Engineers Without Borders, our pathway begins with a holistic understanding and critical questioning of development on a material, political and human level. A crucial first stage is developing a heightened awareness and in-depth understanding of issues at the heart of EWBNZ’s Vision.
This allows for meaningful engagement with our mission, and a deep connection with our values that sees alignment and synergy with an individual’s worldview.
Perception & Expectation
Based on a comprehensive foundation of understanding in development, the next stage is to challenge the perception of what an engineer is, should be, and could be in adopting a role to address these issues. This is the stage at which the new type of engineer, a ‘humanitarian engineer’, becomes mainstreamed, setting a new benchmark and stereotype to aspire to within the profession. We urge a shift in the perception of our role in society, recalibrating societal expectations of what our potential and responsibility could be as engineers in training or in action.
Agency & Action
A broadened awareness within a refreshed perspective ultimately generates an empowered individual, with the urge to seek out ways in which to channel this newfound understanding of their role as a humanitarian engineer. Facilitating pathways for individuals to find their own agency is key to enabling initiative to be found, and action to be taken.
These pathways for taking action must be: tailored to and crafted by the individual; be reactive to a breadth and depth of needs; and ultimately grow with the development of those grasping the opportunities offered. The pathways should lead to sustainable shifts in career ambitions and life choices in line with EWBNZ’s mission, fuelling the growth of a new dimension to the engineering profession in New Zealand.
Ambassador for Change
Spreading the movement to see a redefinition of the ‘engineer’ requires the legitimacy and energy of the masses. Those who are ahead in their pathways of impact should be encouraged to take on the role of being an ambassador for humanitarian engineering both within and beyond the engineering sector. They can be the inspirers for the next generation of engineers and the coaches for those who are going through the learning stages that they themselves went through.