All around the world, local communities are identifying the youth mathematician laureates among us, to recognize them and to provide resources for them to expand and elaborate upon their work to benefit their communities.
Whether their terms are six months, a year, or longer, some are given offices and resources to accomplish their work, while others create a program of projects with various agencies and organizations. Laureates have facilitated the creation of community gardens, investigations on behalf of their local watchdog associations or governing councils, or met with groups of various ages and interests to help them become more independent in their own mathematical practices. Development agencies, NGOs, and community organizers have recruited mathematician laureates to help regional communities plan sustainable forms of land use, to design thriving infrastructures and indigenous cultural celebrations, or to train mathematical poets.
Youth mathematician laureates are recognized for their ongoing accomplishments with further platforms that support the expanded use of mathematics in socially compelling and aesthetically impactful ways.
The Culture of the Mathematician Laureates
Laureates work with groups to listen, learn, and to create. They do it repeatedly – together with others.
Mathematician laureates are rooted in principles of accessibility, inclusion, self-determination, collaboration, sustainability, and life-long learning. In all of their work, they explore the stories behind the community experience, and they believe in the power of mathematics to express what’s most important. Mathematician laureates value community conversations and hands-on creation, and the deep understanding that can come from the combination of the two.
Mathematician laureates get their hands dirty. They work with reclaimed and recycled materials and tackle large-scale projects to show what’s possible when a group of creative and dedicated people set out to make or do something wonderful. They help groups figure out what they need, and then help them develop the skills and knowledge to get what they need.
They work with others to tap into our intellectual and creative spirits. They teach in public schools or around a table, in gardens, and on the streets, in parks and swimming pools, on bridges and inside caves, making the connections between understanding, new ideas and hands-on making. And every time they teach, they learn something new that adds to the story. Mathematician laureates support the ongoing development of a community of creative people who have this experience and activate it across issues and disciplines.
They come to know that this learning is what brings us all together as an ever-expanding community, and that it is this way of learning and creating together that helps us make things better in our neighborhoods, cities, regions, and throughout the world.