Changing the world is not as altruistic you might think. Most movers and shakers have multiple motives for what they do. Author Justin Dillon takes us through his personal journey from musician to founder and CEO of the Made in a Free World organization which focuses on disrupting human trafficking trade worldwide. Citing example after example, he explores the reasons why each one of us should make an effort to change the world, what keeps the world from changing and how we can actually change the world.
The key point for me was what the author called “finding your riot.” Although that seems a bit aggressive, what he refers to is finding what you are passionate about and using that for social change. Combine that riot with the desire to “contribute to a larger narrative” and your unique abilities, and you have the recipe for world-changing work.
Much like the author, who began with his belief that changing the world was only attempted by selfless and sacrificial people, I often feel that perhaps changing the world was beyond my abilities even though I’ve made some effort at do-gooding over the years. Once upon a time, I was a volunteer for the Americorp Changing Trends program and provided educational support for minority children in the Nebraska Public School system. Then there was the volunteer bit at the Community Center where I inadvertently uncovered some misappropriation of funds. Don’t forget about that fiasco when I attempted to get water, sewer, and electricity for La Yacata. And yes, I’d even go so far as to say blogging is yet another way I’ve been trying to change the world, one reader at a time. I can’t say that I’ve been successful in changing the world even one iota despite my efforts, but I know people who are. (See Maggie, Nicole, Creative Hands of Mexico)
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