How to convince NOAM CHOMSKY that We Are Daytrippers would greatly value his contribution? To my chagrin his last response read: “Wish I could help, but I am afraid I cannot answer these questions. I didn’t have a mentor or role model as a child, and don’t now, and have nothing of interest to say about the other topics.”
In May of 2014 I watched Noam speak at the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London which happened to coincide with when the concept for We Are Daytrippers began to formulate. The discussion at Chatham House was about Rethinking US Foreign Policy of which I personally know very little but was curious to hear what Noam Chomsky had to say in person. The legend was as I expected; comfortable in his own skin, pleasantly argumentative and brilliant in his responses. And why wouldn’t he be? He has the experience, education, expertise and connections to find out many answers to US Foreign Policy.
Noam Chomsky speaking at Chatham House, 2014
It is for this reason I was so keen to feature Noam Chomsky and find out his answers to my 5 Minutes With section; pure curiosity. When I mentioned my wish while chatting with a friend she cooly said “oh I used to correspond with Noam all the time while studying linguistics at Oxford” and a few minutes later she e-mailed some of their correspondence to me as further proof.
What’s a girl to do when she’s given the contact details of a man she wants to interview?
The next day I e-mailed him my interview questions and information about We Are Daytrippers and two hours later an assistant responded to say that Professor Chomsky was travelling. Bingo! Just the mere response from the assistant was exciting.
A month later I sent a follow up e-mail. Two days later Mr. Chomsky responded:
“The deluge of requests for interviews is so enormous that I am compelled, reluctantly, to resort to this form letter to say that I cannot consider any further ones until at least September. Sorry, but just no choice.”
When 1st September rolled around I made sure to follow up for the third time thinking in the back of my mind that maybe just maybe this could be the time.
Let’s face it, Noam Chomsky IS understandably inundated with interview requests regarding human rights, international affairs, foreign policy, linguistics … the list of areas where he is considered an expert is long. He is GREAT in an interview and can be controversial.
We Are Daytrippers aims to create an inclusion audience. By inclusion I mean an audience of readers made up of Daytrippers Children’s Charity supporters, active members in our database and experts; but also engaging people who are not affected by children with disabilities and or life-threatening illnesses. By doing this, we raise awareness about disability, our charity and create (hopefully) interesting content.
There are many evidence-based studies about the positive impacts role models, mentors, experts and creatives have on an individual throughout his or her life. Our aim is to promote suitable role models for all children, disabled or not, in hopes that they might benefit. One of our favorite advocates in this area is the neuro-scientist Mary Helen Immordino-Yang who has agreed to contribute to We Are Daytrippers.
Noam Chomsky, might you please reconsider and contribute too?
Brook from The Daytrippers Team
Read some articles about Noam Chomsky here: http://www.chomsky.info/