The YGL Field Guide to Empowering Change
by The Young Global Leaders / The Value Web
The purpose of words is to convey ideas. When the ideas are grasped, the words are forgotten.
-- Chuang Tzu
What happens when you ask a room of exceptional change-makers from business, science, government and the non-profit sphere to model their view of how change happens? Each one has created a shift in some way, pushed their area of endeavor to impressive heights – but how?
When we say change, do you think of it the way that I do? What does change mean, and how does it happen?
In May 2010, over 300 Young Global Leaders assembled in Tanzania to share ideas, insights, and to experience first hand how local people and organizations were making an impact and creating change. As a part of this exercise, participants in this journey were asked to take a moment to capture change – from their point of view – in the form of a model, mixing images and words to explain their point of leverage for turning what is into what they believe could be.
Both in words and in pictures, what follows are a series of triggers, snapshots of how change happens. Their purpose is to convey ideas.