May 10, 2017 was 50/50 Day. Around the world, people gathered to watch a 20 minute film by Tiffani Schlain. Viewers then participated in conversations using a well-crafted discussion guide. The guide encouraged groups to discuss equity, power and the arc of women’s history. It ends with an invitation to “pull the next one up”; an invitation to overcome challenges together. [Read more…]
I recently had the pleasure of attending a talk by Jennifer Dulski, President & COO of Change.org, the world’s largest social change platform with more than 100 million users in 196 countries. The title of her talk was “Empowering Change: Using Your Talents for Good”. She spoke on the importance of pursuing work aligned with your natural talents, and why doing so will give everyone, everywhere the power and opportunity to change the world around them.
She shared examples of campaigns from around the world that have influenced policy changes at a small and global scale. The stories of the individuals who started these campaigns is what intrigued me the most. I wondered, what inspires a person to start a campaign? What inspires people to have such deep convictions that they are willing to launch a campaign knowing that more than likely, like the tortoise and the hare, the process will be slow?
Thousands have launched campaigns ranging from elections, to changes in public schools, to racial justice, to immigration, to family leave, to the Zika virus. Anyone can start a campaign.
Dulski spoke about strategies for launching campaigns and one idea was particularly powerful and perhaps gives insight into why people start a campaign. Her concept is: Vulnerability = Power. We don’t usually think of these two words together but it does make you think. [Read more…]