How To Transform The World
We live in turbulent times but it has been said that “a crisis is a terrible thing to waste”. If we focus solely on our problems, this increases our feeling of helplessness. But we have options. Theodore Roosevelt said “We have all that we need to create what we want because all the resources we need are in our mind.” Liz Coleman – President of Bennington College took it one step further. She said “We have problems… but we have ideas and we have each other. Start with these, and change the world”. But it is our own Governor General who has consolidated my conviction. He reminded us that “There is nothing wrong with Jamaica that what’s right about Jamaica cannot fix.”
How To Change The World – Seth Godin
First there was the “Factory Idea” – the idea that you could change the world if only you had an efficient enough factory that could churn out change, be it a product or an idea. In order to succeed, all you needed was ever larger factories, and ever cheaper labor to run it. Eventually, that strategy simply couldn’t function anymore.
Then came the “TV Idea” –
- if you have a big enough mouthpiece, you can win.
- the strategy of mass marketing average ideas using loads of ads
- You essentially hypnotize people into buying whatever it is you’re selling,
- be it an idea, a product, or getting yourself voted into office.
The new model of leadership emphasizes TRIBES.
The way change is created today is not by using money or power to lever a system, but by leading people; creating a tribe; creating a movement by connecting people and ideas.
Thanks to the Internet, tribes are now everywhere, connecting people with similar interests all across the globe. Today, it is tribes of likeminded people, not mass marketing, that align large numbers of people that incite change in our world. And, it’s extremely efficient and effective, because you don’t have to force anyone. People seek you out and join your tribe because they WANT to; they want to connect with others of like mind, and these tribes create movements that incite change.
“For The Sake Of 10”: Genesis 18:23-33
The conversation between Abraham shows us what is necessary.
23 Abraham approached him (The Lord) and said, “Will you sweep away both the righteous and the wicked?
24 Suppose you find 50 righteous people living there in the city – will you still sweep it away and not spare it for their sakes?
25 Surely you wouldn’t do such a thing, destroying the righteous along with the wicked. Why, you would be treating the righteous and the wicked exactly the same! Surely you wouldn’t do that! Should not the Judge of all the earth do what is right?”
26 And the Lord replied, “If I find 50 righteous people in Sodom, I will spare the entire city for their sake.”
27 Then Abraham spoke again. “Since I have begun, let me speak further to my Lord, even though I am but dust and ashes.
28 Suppose there are only 45 righteous people rather than 50? Will you destroy the whole city for lack of 5?” And the Lord said, “I will not destroy it if I find 45 righteous people there.”
29 Then Abraham pressed his request further. “Suppose there are only 40?” And the Lord replied, “I will not destroy it for the sake of the 40.”
30 “Please don’t be angry, my Lord,” Abraham pleaded. “Let me speak—suppose only 30 righteous people are found?” And the Lord replied, “I will not destroy it if I find thirty.”
31 Then Abraham said, “Since I have dared to speak to the Lord, let me continue—suppose there are only 20?” And the Lord replied, “Then I will not destroy it for the sake of the 20.”
32 Finally, Abraham said, “Lord, please don’t be angry with me if I speak one more time. Suppose only 10 are found there?” And the Lord replied, “Then I will not destroy it for the sake of the 10.”
33 When the Lord had finished his conversation with Abraham, he went on his way, and Abraham returned to his tent.
My understanding is that we can start with 10 and save the world. If we start with 10 committed people and each convince (infect) 1 other person each month and each person who is convinced does the same. In 19 months we will have 2,621,440 people!! The world …will take us 2.5 years!! Do we have 10 people committed to healing process?
Remember, once you are pointed in the right direction, each tiny step gets you closer
“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, they are the only ones who ever have.” Margaret Mead