Want social change to stick?

kerrygrace-2014 Blog, Inspiring your community, Leading change, Update

I don’t know about you but I’m sick of it

Sick of what you might ask?

No, it’s not my kids as the image implies.
What I am sick of is all of the child like behaviour that goes on around social change.

There’s the services (not all, but some) that want to own it all (and the funding that goes with it).  Then there are the do-ers of good that obsess over saving people rather than enabling them to change by themselves, and on top of that is the in-fighting that goes on behind the scenes among the people who are working within our most vulnerable communities.  Yes, it happens.

Layer upon these things all of the money that is poured into thinking and planning about solutions that never, ever end in action.

And the problems continue, kids grow up in situations that they should never experience.

I’m sick of it.

Are you too?

As an Evolve Network friend I was wondering if you might support me in creating a shift in the way social change happens in Australia.

As you know Evolve Network is a small business based in regional Australia.  I created the business back in 2003 just after giving birth to my second child (I now have 3).  Through the years Evolve Network has delivered an ever evolving (huh) range of services from workshops to community events, national conferences, strategic plans, service management, education programs, social enterprise development and so much more.

I feel very privileged to have been engaged to deliver such a vast range of projects, and to be trusted to be part of the lives of so many.  But I believe there’s a point where you’ve got to stop, take a breath and share.

I am personally a passionate advocate of social change and right now I’m actually rather miffed that I’ve invested so much  of my life into creating this change and supporting others that do the same kind of work, and yet people are still living in poverty.

I’m horrified that there are kids out there that will spend their entire adult lives dealing with the trauma they are experiencing right now and devastated that there are so many people that have so much to give our communities but for whatever reason they are completely and utterly isolated and left to die alone.

I for one don’t want to be someone that shuffles bits of paper around my desk hoping that I articulate an idea, come up with a strategy or plan that will ignite change.

So, rather than continuing to write plans that aren’t directly attached to action I’ve decided to invest my energy into opportunities that share the tools that people need to drive sustainable and authentic change.

The reality is there will always be some degree of problems in any community – but the other side of this reality is that if people really and truly knew how to lead by what matters to them, to create the life that they care about many of these issues wouldn’t even exist.  We could start making change that does stick.

This is where you come in…  I invite you to join Evolve Network as a member.  I’m not charging a bomb for membership but it’s also not free – if you wanted free you could have grabbed the tools from Google a long time ago.  Charging a fee enables me to give membership my attention and continue to serve the people I work with in a teaching/sharing and enabling way, rather than writing the next brilliant plan.

If you want to jump in my suggestion is that you grab your seat before 30 June giving you access to an end of financial year discount and giving you time to get oriented and ready for change at the earliest possible convenience.

The toolkits, webinars, podcasts and templates associated with membership are our new way of doing business – it’s all about enabling over telling.

Let’s go… HERE

Thanks for listening