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Posted on Mar 7 2017 in Outreach and Education Working Group, Resilient Response, Transition Topics

How to change the world in 3 easy steps

How to change the world in 3 easy steps

“Something brilliant and historic is already underway, and our message to the Obamas, Camerons and Merkels of this world is that it’s already happening without them, and they need to support and enable it, but even if they do nothing, it will continue to grow, because it’s the future.” — Rob Hopkins

So what can we do? What can you, as one person do?

Imagine a world where each of us did this. Well, guess what. The process has already started by you reading this …

Step 1: Start with you

Begin the process of creating yourself anew as someone who can think and be in some way beyond the prevailing paradigm

Rather than wanting to change the world and constantly feeling frustration because, well, that’s basically impossible, you need to start with what’s closest to home, what’s realistically attainable and achievable within your own context.

That means, constantly seeking to improve your knowledge and understanding of the issues you’re most interested in, and their wider systemic context; while simultaneously assessing what you think you have to offer.

But that must also involve assessing how you yourself are part of the problem you’re looking at.

Step 2: Continue with those around you

What do you enjoy? What are you good at? And what does that tell you about what you have to offer in terms of working to plant seeds of a new, better world? Are there people around you who you can work with to plant those seeds, with respect to your and their interests and skills?

If not, find them. Make a point of doing so, whether its by reaching out in the real-world through organisations or institutions or events or meeting places, or through social media.

Step 3: Create something new

Create something new that consciously and physically breaks with the old, and establishes a new pattern of activity or being that contributes to a new paradigm.

It needs to involve actually, physically creating a new pattern of being in yourself and others. Whether it operates primarily in the digital or real world, it has to have meaningful impact in the actual physical world, even if that’s just about fundamentally altering your personal routine in a paradigm-breaking way.

What does your community need? What does it lack? What do you think you could do to address this?

It doesn’t need to be a massive project. On the contrary, it needs to be eminently doable. Which means, it has to be scaled according to your capacities. There’s no point reaching to achieve something which is not within your capacities — unless you incorporate an eminently doable plan to build and expand your capacities.

So, once again, be pragmatic and realistic, and then create something fundamentally new.

The most important criterion of what you create has to be that it breaks with the old paradigm in some way, and thus contributes to the creation of a new paradigm.

by Nafeez Ahmed

Published by INSURGE INTELLIGENCE, a crowd-funded investigative journalism project