Temple Grandin: The thing about changing something
Temple Grandin, diagnosed with autism as a child, has revolutionized the livestock industry. By putting herself in the place of the cattle, she developed a series of equipment designs and a simple rating system to help the industry adopt new practices that reduce animals’ stress and injuries to both animals and workers. Today, more than half of the cattle in the U.S. and Canada are handled in facilities that use Temple’s designs.
Temple has built her career on channeling empathy to improve the treatment of animals. Based on her own experience, she advocates for young people to have access to an education that exposes them to real problems and inspires concrete ideas and solutions. “I’ve been looking into the early path of people who go on to cause big changes,” Temple shares. “The pattern is clear: it’s the exposure in high school that really counts.”