So many of us with a calling to make the world a better place see a future that is better and different, but more than we can bring about on our own. So, if there's a change you want to see in the world and many people are not yet embracing that vision, what can you do about it? This post is about field leadership--sharing 5 different ways you can show up to help bring about lasting systems change by positively engaging and influencing others.
An important starting point lies with research on how innovations of all kinds tend to spread across a society. The "innovation adoption curve" shows that there is typically a chasm between innovators and early adopters and everyone else--innovations that truly sweep through a society have to jump that chasm and attract support from the majority.
This post is addressed to social entrepreneurs, but whatever role you play in the ecosystem of philanthropy and social change, if you care about doing philanthropy differently and better, a great leverage point is getting more curious about what's really going on for funders and social entrepreneurs as they engage with each other.
The video begins by walking through a taxonomy of the different kinds of funders--and the different roles that staff and advisors play within the funder world. It goes on to explore frameworks for understanding donor motivations and concludes by sharing a tool for engaging in "powerful conversations" that...
This post is all about cultivating the somatic connection between your mind and your body in your journey of joyful impact. Check out the video and proceed at your pace of grace to cultivate your own intuitive wisdom about what works best for you, your body and your relationship with food.
Inspired by Emily and Amelia Nagoski's book, Burnout: Completing the Stress Cycle, the video and worksheet for this post are all about processing and releasing stress so that you can be more resourceful and more present and break out of the burnout cycle. This is especially important for all of us with a calling to make the world a better place. We tend to accumulate stress from living in tension with a world we want to be different than it is, and from constantly questioning whether we are doing enough to bring that better world into being.
…and Fear is the Gear that Drives the Burnout Cycle
First, we want the world to be different than it is, and we are constantly confronting the tension between what's real and what's ideal--the world we hope we can help make happen. Second, there's the tension within ourselves: am I doing enough in the face of what's wrong in the world? Or am I doing so much that I'm getting to the point of exhaustion, overwhelm and unsustainability?
The video in this post is an opportunity to explore two ways of expanding your perspective that can help you navigate these tensions and reclaim both your joy and your impact as you seek to answer your calling to make the world a better place.
Your worldview and your moral intuitions are lenses through which you view the world at an instinctive, often...
In America and around the world we seem to be getting more and more stuck in entrenched, high stakes conflicts. In these high stakes conflicts, power dynamics come into play, and people often end up using coercion and violence to enforce their will on others. When a conflict is rooted in abuse of power we often have no choice but to respond as forcefully as we can to defend ourselves. But what if the root of the conflict is actually a misunderstanding, or a mistake for which genuine amends can be made?
Inspired by recent work from adrienne maree brown, as well as Amanda Ripley, Jonah Berger and Jonathan Haidt, the video for this post is about looking for ways that we can get better at conflict, particularly when the conflict is grounded in a mistake or a misunderstanding. These ideas are aspirational, but hopefully not beyond the realm of possibility...
Your highest and greatest contribution as a change agent rests on being able to transcend yourself. To see the bigger system around you--to "see the matrix." And not just to see it for yourself, but also to help others see the larger systems of which we are all a part. Being able to see the world around you in all its complexity, with a critical, yet appreciative eye is vital to "getting real" about how change actually plays out in the world. Doing all that you can to see past your own blindspots and biases is also critical to perceiving your own role in the systems you seek to change. This is why Expanded Perspective is the 7th and final pillar of personal development for change agents.
The video and the accompanying worksheet offer 3 paths to help you expand your perspective.
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Persistent courage is about finding a way to lean into life, show up as your full self and take action, even in the face of your fears. A life of extraordinary joy and impact takes courage—and one of the biggest challenges to your courage are the defenses you create in your own mind to protect yourself from dangers—real and imagined. Here's the good news: you can cultivate your courage, and one of the most powerful ways to do this involves taking a frank inventory of your fears. This session walks you through a process for overcoming your fear-based circuit breaker, inspired by Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey’s book Immunity to Change.
For many of us the single biggest factor in our sense of joy and fulfillment in life has to do with the quality of our relationships and interactions with other people. Elevating the quality of your own positive presence is the single biggest thing you can to do transform the quality of your relationships with others. That's why positive presence is the 5th pillar of personal development in this series.
Positive presence is about being in a state of mind in which you can be attentive, empathetic and resourceful, all at the same time. This kind of positive presence with others and with ourselves is an essential pillar of personal development for all of us who feel a calling to make the world a better place.
The video and the accompanying worksheet lay out three key tools for elevating your presence and transforming the quality of your...
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These are the same materials we use with the social entrepreneurs in our accelerator program and the funders we coach one on one. The world has never been more in need of a new, greatest generation of change agents and that's why we're opening up free access to these materials to anyone who's ready to make use of them!