Trust: Essential for being a changemaker

I’ve just ran a workshop at Sussex University about ‘overcoming’ our own limitations as change agents. Listening to the participants, there seemed to be two major themes: disbelief about their course providing the knowledge needed to effectively create change, and cynicism about one’s own ability to do anything about it, or in other words, a paralysis in finding their own unique way to contribute to the world.

No surprise, if your sphere of influence is not measuring up to what you know about the world, and if you hold the belief that you have to do something equally as big as the challenges you perceive. It seems that being satisfied with operating within your own sphere of influence in response to much greater spheres of challenges is only possible if you trust that other people will do the same, filling the gap between what you can do and what the world needs. If this mindset was really embodied in people, I recon that young adults would be less cynical and feel less anxiety ~ and hence be more effective as changemakers.

Inspiring adventure stories showing us how a tiny individual can make a huge difference (thinking Frodo) may actually not be that helpful anymore… As an Hopi Elder has said: “The time of the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves!”

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One response to “Trust: Essential for being a changemaker

  1. Suzy Edwards

    I’ve just been reading down this blog and the amount of Good Stuff packed into these brief posts is SOOOOO fantastic to read.

    But particularly important seems to be the unshackling of learning from desks and ‘courses’ as we know them: where does Catalyst sit on this spectrum? Is it part of your explosive hurtling thru space as per the poem, and have you now actually evolved your thinking beyond it?

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