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Jonas Eriksson

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How does change happen?

I would like to start a discussion on change. We all know we need to do a massive change in our communities and we're running out of time. But what should we do and how can we all contribute to this process.

In the latest ten years I've been very inspired when I've seen all the fantastic ideas and actions to build a better world, but mostly on local level. How can we learn from the past, amplify the positive signs and involve everybody in the movement we need.

I will keep the question open to hopefully collect a variety in answers.

So; how does change happen?

/ Jonas

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  • Aug 19 2011: FInd a cause,
    Put a plan together
    Build a like minded team
    Start a public cry on an available social media
    Define the problem
    Prescribe a solution
    Organize banquet fundraiser
    Build a network of mission facilitators that can support your cause in different forms
    Raise more money
    Execute your projects.
  • Aug 18 2011: As far as I know change has two ways of being produced, evolution and mutation.
    Evolution implies a slow progressive change that is not noticeable in the short term but becomes evident in the long, some times very very long, term.
    Mutation implies a radical and rather sudden change that is very noticeable in the moment its produced.

    As you say, we need to change and we are running out of time, so an evolutionary change is looking less and less plausible to be our salvation, therefore we might be in need for a mutation.

    Socially speaking evolution would be a product of culture and context, while mutation is a revolution (a successful one).
    Mutations and revolutions are more often than not met with rejection and violence by those who have not mutated, this is the very rule of nature, for a mutation to be successful it needs to prove itself superior to the original state it mutated from, which often means either subjugating it or destroying it.

    That is I think why we are so afraid of mutation, revolution, it implies violence, its unstable, we cannot control it, only hope it turns out for the best, and when you speak of a planet wide revolution (one culture ceasing to pollute is just not enough).... well that is a very scary process, even if the outcome is our salvation!

    All in all I think our best bet is in education, if you successfully teach an entire generation that change is necessary, once that generation is in charge they would be more open to either accept or produce a revolution rather than fighting against it out of sheer fear or survival instinct.
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      Aug 18 2011: Thanks for the reply Andres!
      • Aug 18 2011: if you agree with all this, the question becomes "How do we generate the environment and conditions for a friendly revolution?"
        And which environment and conditions would those be?
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    Aug 19 2011: Change happens when you make it happen ... as a role model, parent, teacher, mentor, educator and so on.
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    Aug 19 2011: There are three major stimuli for change that I can think of.

    The leader:
    Sometimes when people desire change they feel as though they are the only individuals willing to make it happen. These people have courage hidden deep inside their hearts, but they won't act alone. Sometimes it takes a brave leader to shine bright enough to gather the people who want change & show them that they too are brave, and that they have the ability to make a dream a reality if they work together. Charisma can garner great power in this world.

    Necessity:
    When we are comfortable, we want to preserve our comfort. When something comes along and takes away that comfort, we get creative. The perceived threat of future discomfort alone is the driving force behind the green energy movement! The dark ages are behind us, and we REFUSE to go back!

    Opportunity:
    Every once in a while a genius is born. Genius comes in different flavors, but sometimes the geniuses of the world give birth to wonderful innovations. The electric motor, the microchip, the communications satellite... These are devices that have shaped human history. They presented a wealth new opportunities to many waves of crafty entrepreneurs!

    Behold! The tides of change are turning!