I read the article. I felt myself get more excited with the possibility to doing something. I scanned the page and looked at the picture. This was the solution. And it was actually closer at hand than I imagined.
A 19 year old had begun developing a way to clean up the oceans of plastic. If the plausibility studies checked out, his invention may be able to clean up the oceans within 5 years. All the feelings of uslessness washed away. HEre's a kid who put work into a pressing problem that he noticed. He focused on solving the problem by any means necessary and spread his work. Even if it turned out to be a failed attempt, the mere attempt could get more people up nad moving about creating solutions. Even Elon Musk expected Tesla to fail when he first started. He put in all the work to inspire a sense of possibility in people. And now he's taking us to the moon...
But more people needed to hear about this kid trying to clean up the oceans. I shared the article on my Facebook page and Twitter through Buffer. A few days later I checked the clicks. 5 total for his story. It pissed me off. How could everyone be so excited about cat pictures and other links that don't matter, but not share this? The kid is trying to give us all a future?
How come more people don't know about him?
"Permaculture is a way to study nature and apply what we learn to how we structure society today." He said.
"That makes so much sense. Wy aren't we doing it today?" I aksed.
"I'm not sure. That's part of the reason I'm so passionate about spreading the message. I'm applying to Experience Insititute to build up my skll set and study Permaculture further."
I felt chills race up my arms. The work he's focusing on seems to be an underlying change agent for a lot of the changes we need to see today. If we apply lessons learned from nature, we may slowly cut down our dependence on fossil fuels. Maybe we'd stop using so much plastic to begin with. Maybe we'd learn to shift away from the consumer mindset and adopt a more lasting mindset, like Simon Sinek's push for service leaders. Maybe we'd start creating buildings and structures that serve everyone who uses them. Rather than serving as ways to honor the few people fortunate enough to build up economic wealth. Maybe we'd realize life and the world is a bunch of crazy messiness and we'd stop killing off thousands of species just so our city looks "clean".
Something about what Muffadal was doing felt big. I knew he was just getting started on his journey. I wanted to help. I wanted to spread his message. I wanted to help tell his story...
Other stories: Lakhpreet Kaur, Pam Slim, Bill Gates, Sayumi Irey, Elon Musk, Ariana Huffington, Warren Buffet, CEO from documentary.
I knew I was in the right place.
My fingers raced across my keyboard as I tried to keep up with my professor. This guy knew his stuff. He cited laws that existed in the dozens of pages of reading we did the night before. He called on a student in the back. She gave her version of the case we looked at today.
I stopped typing to listen and compare her side with my notes. Most of it checked out. I kept listening. Then she seemed ot hit a sweet point.
"Thank you, we'll pause there for a bit. I want to talk about this." The professor said.
"All of these laws were created to try to stop different things from happening. Some CEO's did their best to do well. But the law prevents them from always doing that. In this case, the CEO wanted to keep his employees on board. He knew how hard eveyrone was working. He knew that he needed to look out for his team. Yet the law required that he answer to the shareholders. Because of his reluctance to fire a significant amount of the work force, some shareholders petitioned the board to have him removed. They used Rule 19 of the MRCP. This way, they had him removed and were able to fire 4000 workers. You see, sometimes it's not the people, but the system put up in place to keep things going the way they are."
The chills again. What he just shared resonated so deeply. I knew immediately that he was right.
I sat and watched as the panel switched up. Lakhpreet Kaur stepped forward to deliver her research and the findings she uncovered.
"I've been running Kaur Thoughts since 2012. At one point I sent out a questionaire to learn more about the audience that read the blog. I had some questions related to being a Kaur and wearing a Keskhi (turban) that I wanted to uncover. So I asked the following questions..."
Lakhpreet shared her findings with the room. I sat forward and listened to every step of her process. I loved how she used her platform as a means to conduct research. She discovered insights into women's attitudes toward wearing a dastaar.
The importance of Lakhpreet's presentations slowly dawned on me. Here was this Sikh woman who spent time building up a platform. She used it to illuminate surprising results of Sikh women. Then she prepared and presented her research in a room filled with Sikh leaders of today and tomorrow. She shared the results of her non-traditional path in a room of people taking the road less traveled. Her story inspired me.
After the presentations ended, I knew I wanted to connect with her and spread the message of her work. I wanted to dig deeper into her journey to shed light on the process. I wanted to share her story so that other Sikh women and men could be inspired to create their own change...
Sitting in the coffee shop, my mind raced. I thought back to all the lessons we learned in the past week. Josh Long opened up his school to us. We exchanged ideas, explored each others' stories, and discovered new ways to do better work.
One lesson Josh shared rang through my head that morning.
"Focus on creating a train. Whatever your art is, make sure to keep creating new art and putting it out there. No matter what, stick to your creation schedule to get more work out. This way you can build up your skills, develop your following, and create art that people can engage with."
I thought about my own train. What was my art? What could I contribute to regularly? How could I create the change that I longed to create?
Ideas flowed through me. I opened up a Google doc to type everything down.
I remembered the last day of Patterns, when we all sat down and discussed each others' life models. It was a powerful exercise. I never thought to take the business model canvas and apply it to someone's life. I remembered the moment when a new idea clicked. Josh had shown us how easy it was to create a podcast episode. He encouraged each of us to create a podcast of our own. As we spent time on my life canvas, someone suggested I do a podcast.
suddenly, things started clicking.
I loved sharing and spreading other people's work. I've been fascinated by other people my whole life, and took the time and care to find out about what other people did for their work. I spent a lot of time workign to ask good questions to dig into the story and the skill sets of people doing good work. Everything started making sense.
"What would I call it? Game Changers?" I asked.
Josh smiled. "Well, there you go."
Something about that moment felt right.
I sat there in the coffee shop typing away furiously. Game Changers. I wrote out the vision. The goals I wanted to achieve. The change I wanted to see in the audience.
I created a new folder. Train. It could be a blog and a podcast series called Game Changers. I kept typing. I knew I'd have to get up and get going soon. About 20 minutes to go. I typed out potential guests. Josh offered himself as a guest. Fucking awesome guy. I wrote down his name. Then another. Then another.
10 minutes in I had over 30 potential guests to approach.
I opened up a new document to create the mission statement. Then the tagline came in a flash: “Change is the only constant. What game are you changing?”
I wrote down the goal for each episode, the goal for the overall podcast, the mission, the change I wanted to see in the audience, potential questions for the guests, and ideas to make it the most important podcast out there. My fingers tingled as I tried to capture ecah thought onto the page. More and more the ideas clicked. I got more excited about what I could create. I felt the desire to serve grow as I typed more.
I closed up my laptop and smiled.
This was it. This was my avenue for creating the change I wanted to see. This was the train I could contribute to every single day. I could grow my platform while spreading the message of the good work being done. I could contribute to other people's work and shine a light on the skills they utilize to make change. I could use the podcast as a platform to encourage other people to create change.
It all made sense.
Game Changers would be my way to make change.
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