Mayor Nenshi's best advice

Post Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The World Economic Forum recently asked Mayor Nenshi (and four other leaders from around the globe) about the best piece of advice they ever received. Here's Mayor Nenshi's response: 

See the good in others and give them a helping hand

Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary, Canada

I grew up in a family without much money, but with a lot of opportunity. My parents always reminded me, though, that no matter how little we had, there were others with less, and it was our responsibility – and our joy – to help wherever we could.

And we were helped by others: I graduated from excellent public schools; I spent Saturday afternoons haunting the public library; I was helped by a community that had a stake in me and in my success. And in all of that I learned an important thing: that all people matter, that people are smart, that people are inherently good.

And that is the core of my political and personal philosophy: when given the right information, people will do the right thing for themselves, their family, and their community.

In a political world too often guided by spin, where many leaders appeal to fear and hate and indifference, I try to remember that lesson. I try to appeal to kindness and community, and to the desire of every one of us to do what’s right – for ourselves and for others.