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[VIDEO] Be the Change

July 17, 2012 | By Ana Yglesias

In The Story of Change, Annie Leonord, who was a judge in our Possible Futures Film Contest, encourages us to be, as Gandhi said, the change we wish to see in the world.

Change What?

She points out that “it’s not bad shoppers that are the problems, its bad policies and bad business practices.” Being a good consumer helps make the world a better place, but it is not enough when businesses are continuing to sell toxic products and poison our rivers and air. We cannot keep standing by while big corporations destroy our precious resources and harm Mother Nature. But it takes more than just a protest to see them make change.

Making Change

Ms. Leonard posits that there are three key elements necessary to make change, as observed from famous advocates. To make change you must:

  1. Share a big problem that needs to get better
  2. Not try to do it alone—We is stronger than I
  3. Take action

The piece we are currently missing in creating “a new economy that puts safe products, happy people and a healthy planet first” is the action element. We need to work together to create a brighter future, and we all are an important part of the solution. The Story of Change highlights six different types of change-makers:

  1. Investigators
  2. Communicators
  3. Builders
  4. Resisters
  5. Nurturers
  6. Networkers

You can take the quiz online to see which type of change-maker you are, and then share the video with your friends to inspire them to join with you in the fight for change! After taking the quiz, one of The Pachamama Alliance's workshops can help you unleash the transformational leader within and create a specific plan of action to be the change (read more about transformational leadership).


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