A New Honor Society at Kettering

Honoring originality, global awareness, difficult conversations, and a bias toward action

I will be starting a new honor society at Kettering in the summer as an experiment.

Membership in honor societies seems to somewhat correlate with ambitious people and changing the world, but only a few of them seem to actively play a role in the direct growth of members.

If this experiment works out, I think we can collectively change the culture of Kettering in ways that matter to us.

Here’s how this will work:

  • Anyone is welcome to join in, and those that go through with all of the exercises will be formally honored.
  • You do not become a member of the honor society until you go through a series of four group discussions (one for each of our values) throughout the term.
  • Three of the four group discussions will be about a book that we will read associated with that value. These books won’t be long.

Here’s what they will be:


For the originality discussion, we will read Different: Escaping the Competitive Herd by Youngme Moon. We will talk about what being original is really about, and what it means to lead.

Global Awareness

For the global awareness discussion, we will read Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator. We will talk about how we can best cut through the noise of the media in our efforts to be globally aware.

Difficult Conversations

For the difficult conversations discussion, we will read Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most. We will talk about how we can all communicate better about important topics, and we will put an emphasis on heated discussions.

A Bias Toward Action

For the bias toward action discussion, we will talk in the group about what matters most to us and why. We will work with each other to help identify what change we want to see in the world, and work with each other to then find and complete the smallest step we can act on to start facilitating that change.

If you go through all of these steps, you are formally accepted into the honor society. But more importantly, you build strong relationships, get a chance to understand others and what makes them tick, learn more about yourself, and facilitate — not wait — for the change you wish to see in the world.

We will figure out the name for the honor society later. Here’s to an interesting experiment. Shoot me an email at scho8979@kettering.edu and reach out if interested.


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