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What an amazing way to wrap up our 2015/2105 season!! Jennifer Dulski, President of Change.org, reported on the incredible progress being made daily around the world by ordinary people willing to fight for their causes. She shared inspiring stories of passionate individuals who created sweeping change and incited action from major political, economic and social leaders around the world.
You may think “Sure they can do it – they are amazing. But what can I really do?”
- Find Your Cause
- Some people’s causes find them because of difficult or tragic life experiences.
- Others see injustice, and decide to stand up for what they believe in.
- When you think “Someone should DO something!” ask “Why NOT me?”
- Find the strength to get started
- If I can do this, I can do anything! The earlier you do things that scare you, the less scary other things become. Hard makes other things easy. The first thing you can do to find the strength to do hard things, is to do other hard things.
- Remembering that there are others in the world that are persevering through much more difficult situations can also help you find your strength.
- Inspire others
- Vulnerability = power. The more you are willing to share your story and struggles, the more others will rally around you.
- One movement can inspire others in a ripple effect. Winning your cause may enable other people to move theirs forward as well.
- You have more power to inspire than you think. People are personally motivated by different things, but in general, most are motivated by a sense of purpose, opportunity for personal growth, and authentic connection with other people.
- Overcome obstacles
- People who fight for change often have to live with harsh criticism and opposition. If we show love to the haters, perhaps we can change them too.
- You can’t create change unless you have an open dialog of different opinions.
- The best leaders are the ones that can just keep climbing every day, and the truly great ones are the ones who can bring their teams along with them every day.
A Few Key Strategies for Success
- Connect your cause to someone’s personal story
- Find the right decision makers and understand the power structure you are trying to change or influence
- Mobilize others and get them to actively share and participate in your cause
- Remember that not every cause is global. Over 40% of successful petitions on Change.org receive less than 200 signatures, and represent issues that are important and relevant to local communities.
And just in case you were wondering…. More petitions are started by women, and more petitions that women start are won – So Keep Changing the World Ladies!!
Check out the entire talk HERE.