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Friday, December 18, 2009

How Does Change Happen?

Jennifer Corriero, co-founder and Executive Director of TakingITGlobal, a non-profit organization with the aim of fostering cross-cultural dialogue, strengthening the capacity of youth as leaders and increasing awareness and involvement in global issues through the use of technology, recently wrote a poem entitled How Does Change Happen.

I thought I would share it with you as I felt it reinforces how hard change is, and how we can't really think out of the box because the box is the culmination of our experiences and education.


How does change happen?

By Jennifer Corriero

POLICY says the policy maker
MARKETS says the business manager
MASS MOBILIZATION says the organizer

DIALOGUE says the convenor
SYSTEMS CHANGE says the academic
IMAGINATION says the artist

INVENTION says the scientist
INNOVATION says the technologist
INVESTMENT says the banker

DESIGN says the architect
ENLIGHTENMENT says the spiritual guide
LEGAL FRAMEWORKS says the lawyer

CONVICTION says the leader
EDUCATION says the teacher
REVOLUTION says the activist

DATA says the analyst
CRISIS says the journalist
ACTION says the entrepreneur

HOPE says the dreamer
NETWORKS says the connector
INSPIRATION says the storyteller

LOVE says the mother
ASPIRATION says the father
LAUGHTER says the child
POSSIBILITY says the youth
REFLECTION says the elder

And so we ask ourselves
Where we stand, where we shine and where we fly.
We ask whether or not
we are defined
by the roles we take
or the collective outcomes that emerge
when our efforts and beliefs collide.

Is it magic or tragic that we disagree?


Rebecca Rapple said...

That is a beautiful poem. It resonated with me on many levels. Thank you for sharing it!

jimhayward said...

I was wonder why no new blogs? Have you read Drive by Dan Pink? I wondered what you thought of Motivation 2.0
Jim Hayward