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You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

R. Buckminster Fuller

Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead

Top 10 Mistakes in Behavior Change

from Stanford Persuasive Tech Lab

From Allison Fine, co-author with Beth Kanter of The Networked Nonprofit:

"The size of the (philanthropy) sector has exploded geometrically but on any measure of social change, the needle hasn’t moved," Fine told those attending the 2010 Personal Democracy Forum. “The problem? Complex social problems today outstrip the capacity of any single organization or individual to solve them. We don’t need to grow non-profits. We need to grow networks for social change.”

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.

Sir Winston Churchill

The Betterness Manifesto

Every revolution begins from the bottom up. Fed up with the status quo? Tired of the 20th century? Then don’t just talk about it. Reject it and refuse it. Build a better 21st century instead.

Real change doesn’t begin with governments, presidents, or prime ministers. It begins with each of us. In the 20th century, never-ending mass-marketing, monopoly, and mega-politics came together to convince us, each and every one, that we’re not really free: just free enough to choose between different flavors of the same old toxic junk. It was a trick, a ploy, a television hallucination. We’re the freest people in history. It’s time to use it like we meant it.

One of history’s greatest builders once said: “be the change you want to see in the world”. Let me update Gandhi’s wisdom for the next decade. Want a revolution? Be the revolution you want to see in the world.

So what can you do? Here are eight ways to kick start betterness:…

The complete Betterness Manifesto, by Umair Haque at the Harvard Business Review.

The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion

"Pull is about expanding our awareness of what is possible and evolving new dispositions, mastering new practices, and taking new actions to realize those possibilities. It’s about figuring out how to be systematic in how we combine work and life to pursue our passions, howto find other who share our passion but bring different experiences and perspectives to challenging performance needs, and how to create conditions where we’re more likely to happen upon interesting people, resources and opportunities — even as we contribute the same chances to others.”

The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion, written by John Hagel III, John Seely Brownand Lang Davison. 

Not only is another world possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.

Arundhati Roy

Each time a man stands for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.

Robert Kennedy

Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us ~ Dan Pink

We Are The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For

Inspiration from Elders of the Hopi Nation:

You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour.
Now you must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour.
And there are things to be considered:

Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?
Where is your water?
Know your garden.
It is time to speak your Truth.
Create your community.

Be good to each other.
And do not look outside yourself for the leader.
This could be a good time!
There is a river flowing now very fast.
It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid.
They will try to hold on to the shore.
They will feel they are being torn apart, and they will suffer greatly.
Know the river has its destination.
The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water.
See who is in there with you and celebrate.

At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally.
Least of all, ourselves.
For the momnet that we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.
The time of the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves!
Banish the word struggle from your attitude and your vocabulary.
All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.
We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

This is your life. Do what you love, and do it often. … ~ The Holstee Manifesto

RSA Animate: The Empathic Civilisation ~ Jeremy Rifkin

Bestselling author, political adviser and social and ethical prophet Jeremy Rifkin investigates the evolution of empathy and the profound ways that it has shaped our development and our society.

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