Change-makers and Active HopeAug 28, 2023
So you've ever heard of something called permaculture (if not read this)! It's the most effective way of taking care of the Earth and our surroundings in a really natural and sustainable way. This article explores the topic of 'change-makers' - who they are, what they do and how they face the mess we're in without going crazy with the help of 'active hope'.
Imagine creating a little ecosystem right in your backyard or garden. With permaculture, you use nature's own patterns and processes to grow plants, raise animals, and design these landscapes, living spaces and even your own mindset. Read 'Cultivating an Abundance Mindset' if this is news to you!
Essentially it's all about working with the Earth, not against it.
Now, here's where change-makers come in. They're the awesome folks who take the lead in making these eco-friendly changes happen. They're like the heroes who show us how to grow our own food, conserve water, and use renewable energy. They teach us and inspire us to live in harmony with the environment.
In fact, we regularly interview change-makers because we love their efforts so much and believe we all have something to learn or gain from listening into their wisdom. Check out the list of youtube videos we have below to tune in and hear about how they apply the permaculture principles to their lives!
Guess what? As a parent and or educator, you're in a prime position to be a change-maker too! You have the power to teach your kids about the beauty of nature, how to reduce waste, and why it's important to take care of our planet. By making small changes at home, like composting or planting flowers, you're actually making a big difference for the Earth's health.
Think of permaculture and change-makers as a way of leaving a positive legacy for your kids and future generations. By nurturing the land and being mindful of our impact, you're showing them how to be responsible Earth caretakers. It's all about working together to create a greener, more sustainable world for our families and the planet we all call home.
MORE ABOUT CHANGE-MAKERS...
Change-makers are individuals or groups who actively work to bring about positive and meaningful changes in their communities, societies, or even on a global scale. They are driven by a strong sense of purpose and a desire to make a difference in areas that matter to them. You'll find them in various fields and contexts, including social, environmental, political, and technological spheres.
We did some research to find out some key characteristics they all have, which are;
Visionary Thinking and Long-term perspective: Change-makers often possess a clear vision of the change they want to see and they envision a better future and work towards realising that vision. They understand that meaningful change takes time and sustained effort and are committed for the long haul, not just for short-term gains. We have an awesome process in our online course to Dream Big, Start Small - Outcome Framework which helps anyone who does it to get clear on their vision.
Passion, Commitment and Inspiration: They are usually driven by these motivating emotions. Deeply passionate about their cause and are willing to invest their time, energy, and resources to bring about the desired change. By taking action and leading by example, change-makers inspire others to get involved and contribute to the cause.
Innovation and Collaboration: Change-makers are often creative thinkers who come up with innovative solutions to address complex problems and are not afraid to challenge the status quo. They understand the power of working together, so they collaborate with others who share their goals to amplify their impact.
Resilience and Adaptability: Creating change can be challenging, and change-makers are resilient in the face of obstacles and setbacks. They're determined to keep pushing forward and are open to learning and adapting their strategies as they go along. They're willing to change course if they find more effective ways to achieve their goals. We reckon the permaculture principles of apply self regulation and accept feedback as well as creatively use and respond to change are well embodied for this kind of outcome!
Empathy and Courage: Gentle, yet brave, they have a strong sense of empathy and care for the well-being of others, taking action improve lives and make the world a better place for everyone. With that kind of thoughtful insight, they equally express courage, to challenge the norm and advocate for change, especially when it's met with resistance. Change-makers stand up for what they believe in!