"Be the Change" - what change are you creating?

Over the last few days we have seen some of the saddest images on the TV and online plus some have had to live through the violence directly. The UK has come under attack by Gangs of Youth and as a result, those people have been analysed and placed under the microscope by many of us.

The Blogs, the chats in the street, the Tweets, we all have our view.

One heartening aspect of this has been the people that have come out in their communities to rebuild. As a result of this, new friendships, new levels of self esteem and new levels of 'belonging' will have been experienced. I have been following #londonriotcleanup for hope and inspiration

The views online are diverse, although I have noticed that not many have come out in defence of the 'hooligans', and nor should they.

There is no excuse of the violence, the destruction of people's businesses, properties and the fear of safety, a basic human right.

One over-riding thought I have had is back to our amazing member Colin Morley, a man who was part of www.bethechange.org.uk He believed that we should all make the changes in the world that we feel it needs.

Colin was tragically killed in the 7th July London Bombings, but at times like this his beliefs, inspired Gandhi, come back into my mind.

We can stand and critique, share our disgust and find comfort in our united values. What will cause progression is when we find inspiring ways to advance beyond the state we are in.

So, the purpose of this Blog is to ask you if you have thoughts regarding 'the change' that needs to happen, and who do you know and celebrate that are making their difference? - I am sure ecademy and other networks are full of these people, an army of them, who we need to get behind and support.

I would love to know who they are and 'follow' them







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Penny Power
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Ava Sharee Cain-White

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7AvaALLSKCOOL8, Never Quit or Give Up! I have been doing what I have said that I would do and that is cook more, teach my daughters how to cook and sew and about some other things. My children grades have improved in school, they read more now than they ever had, they are involved in more activities when school is in session and they are more apt to remain involved in our day to day living which is encouraging to me especially since we have had to move a lot....

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Martin Dewhurst

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That's brilliant Jeff. Honestly ... I'd willingly die today and die a happy man if I knew it made a difference. Terry has already given his life in service, every day spent in the cause of a better world for us all is a day fully lived. There is no greater reason to live. Have no pity for Terry, instead celebrate his lead, continue as you do inspired by true selflessness. In fact, ask him from me, what would he have us do to make him smile right now? (My guess is he will ask you to continue exactly as you are, inspired by something greater than all of us) Martin

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Jeff Mowatt

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"The emerging Information Age will provide an unprecedented opportunity for outreach and communication at local community levels by way of the Internet. Given the opportunity to communicate and research global resources, communities will become able to assess their own needs, identify resources to meet those needs, and procure those resources. In that sense, the information economy can work to the advantage of impoverished people in a way never before possible." The words of a man who decided to be the change, who now lies critically ill in hospital in Eastern Europe where he's been battling with organised crime over children considered disposable and abandoned to the state. From what I hear he may need either interferon treatment at $3000 every few months or a liver transplant at $100,000 and has no medical insurance. It seems highly likely that he'll have given his life to "be the change"

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Edel O'Mahony

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Working to help others make the change is a huge part of my work. Just as business has to understand the bottom line is not about the money (which is energy anyway) it is about the people and for a business to be dynamic, it needs dynamic workers which only happens when they individually define who they are and believe in their absolute ability to create their own abundance. This can be translated through all tiers of society,right through to governments, take this perspective: if those who make the decisions hold self limiting beliefs and a lack of self worth, they are then attracting back from the same frequency of lack, therefore the experiences that are produced all come form low frequencies, then their 'experiences' affect entire populations not just the individual. Compound this by department after department of 'individuals' living their lives this way, instead of becoming dynamic individuals by honouring themselves and their self worth. If individually each person took the time to really define who they were, to follow their passion (and this is a far too detailed area to go into for now) and begin loving the life they lived, being confident, open, supportive, living through contribution and service, what then would the decisions of government look like? What would entire population evidence from this? I admire Jeremy Gilley and his 'Peace One Day' movement for tirelessly working to bring about awareness in governments, military and society, that rage, totalitarianism and control is not the way to create abundance on this planet. There is a huge movement in America 'The Shift Network' teaching and empowering people to take responsibility for the creation of their reality, to understand it is not about living in reaction. In London Orassy Kendron , is working with Universities in Russia and Germany to provide the scientific evidence behind what we know, that the frequencies we resonate out are a direct result of our beliefs, that understanding your energetic frequencies can prevent and cure all forms of illness. There is amazing, tireless work being done to create the change required to allow people to realise global abundance is achievable, however, it has to start at individual level. This is where my work comes in. :) Edel Live with passion and purpose Path of the Peaceful Warrior Edel O'Mahony UK's Leading Expert in Energetic Communications Change Your Thinking - Transforming Your Life

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Martin Dewhurst

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Hi Penny, It's a superb idea. It's first and foremost a partnership, an inter generational partnership. A win-win-win. From what I've seen, the very best people to "inspire" young people or people of any age, is people who are them selves, "inspired". From this place change happens naturally, evolution and learning become central outcomes of the move in a common direction. If on the other hand we attempt to "change" people from the outside in, it has the opposite effect and both parties end up defeated from the battles that ensue. My sense is that the best learning environments provide rigour, structure, boundaries. They stretch people, they provide a consistent framework for learning to take place. And in your brilliant idea Penny, all parties get to learn by embracing the strengths each party brings to the table. Mutual respect paves the way. Martin

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Nick Dewey

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The change I am trying to create: 1) To encourage spirituality and the use of spirituality so that the practitioner deals with their issues and becomes part of the solution and not the problem. 2) Changing the perspective on alternative energy solutions to demonstrate that these things aren't just for the rich, but also the poor in our society. 3) Encourage people in practical, not hypothetical, alternative energy solutions to help meet some of our daily energy needs. We can "raise awareness" till the cows come home, or we can DO something about the problem. Nick Dutch Tarot Entertainer Twitter || Occult Videos || Tarot Reading VideosII Triond Blog Nick Dutch Tarot Reader in Oxfordshire | Promote Your Page Too

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Martin Dewhurst

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Hi Sam, Thank you :-) What's really interesting is ... even the rock climber who's climbed to the top is still but a child when it comes to diving to the depths of the ocean. We are all learning from each other, all the time. The day we stop learning is the day the lights go out. Looking forward to your accounts of the journey to the valley. Martin

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Martin Dewhurst

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Hi Penny, Thank you :-) On the subject of engagement and stimulation, I agree, it is a fools errand to attempt to change anyone, especially young people. The real inspiration and motive for action (motivation) comes from within. I've spoken with a crowd of inner city "at risk and vulnerable" kids in Manchester's Moss Side, I only had to show them one photograph and we had a whole room full of young people fighting for action. Getting their attention isn't easy for anyone, even their youth workers struggle. In a school we had 92 volunteers step forward to take action. In a youth club, the whole club grasped the baton and ran with pure inspiration driving them onwards. I'm the first to admit, I am no expert on any level. What I do see though is the power of peer to peer coaching ... Imagine a Man teaching maternity class? Do you see, he has no experiential reference of the pain, of the discomfort, of the reality of child birth, only external reference. So, he may be able to 'talk' about it but his credibility is that much less than a Mother who's given birth. Some examples ... A young person with street cred and relevance to a young audience can inspire at a different level to anyone else because the young people relate to them. A former soldier with time at the battlefront can speak with other former soldiers from the hyper real place of their shared experience. His words carry validity to other soldiers. An ex-offender with a reputation for toughness has a different level of respect from his peer group than any Police officer or social worker, they relate to the shared experience. A refugee with years of struggle to survive against all odds has credibility with other refugees that no expert from the outside could ever dream of. People like Harry Singha have a world wide reputation for their work in dealing with hard to reach teenagers, the kind of teenagers who would otherwise end up looting were it not for his work. His message is powerful, his results are outstanding ... because his heart is with the young people he coaches, with the young people he relates to from his own youth. But (and here's the truth) if we attempt to change people from the outside in, it can never work. We have to first believe that there's a spark of desire for change within the people we're working with. In my case, I know one thing ... all our answers are within each of us, it takes special people to inspire these answers from within us. Solution ... if you want to do anything with young people, be it apprenticeships, engagement programmes or whatever ... involve the people who work at the leading edge in this arena. Find the change agents who function from the core of their being. These people know precisely how to reach beyond the apparent boredom, the apparent bravado, the apparent toughness. This is merely a facade the young person erects to protect themselves while they attempt to make sense of the world. ‎"If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together." Lila Watson :-) Martin

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Gordon Wheaton

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This is a terrible waste of energy. Somebody pointed out to me earlier this week that most of the rioters are only kids? does this make it more excusable or worse? Regards Gordon

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Phil Shepherd

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Hi Penny, There are two organisations I have a personal involvement in that are at the very heart of causing change in the area of reducing violence, The Mindful Policy Group (I'm a non-exec director) and The Wave Trust (I'm on their advisory council and was a trustee for ten years). Both are cutting edge organisations at the forefront of radical influencers that can make a difference in society. Both need support to drive their work forward at a faster pace. I set out my take on the crisis on another blog but think it might be worth repeating it here (sorry for those who've seen it elsewhere) : As a society, unless we are prepared to shift resources and commit to doing so for a whole generation, nothing will change - indeed violence is highly likely to increase. Yet the investment to make a massive difference to levels of violence is minuscule compared to the alternatives. The root causes of violence are known and the programs to reduce it are also known. This isn't hear-say or speculation or opinion. It's globally researched tried, tested and proven work that is simply not being implemented by our leaders with anything like the commitment required to cause the seismic shift that society is clearly crying out for. Short term reactions to serious situations within society will never ever resolve the fundamental issues that caused them. Only the grinding out of profoundly thought through well researched and proven interventions will have an effect over time. But do we ever actually do anything - even in the face of the obvious? No. What we do is to weep and wail and gnash our teeth for a while until the next thing to take over the whims and fancies of the news editors dominate the news channels. Everyone is entitled to have an opinion and at times like this it's to be expected that many who would otherwise be uninvolved feel the need to vent their feelings - but all this weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth is beginning to make me a bit sick. Wild speculations about why these riots have happened and multifarious opinions clutched from thin air have - as always - become a riot of ineffective folly in itself. No doubt the airwaves will be wall to wall speculation and ill informed opinion for weeks on end with Jedward being frequently asked their views on it all. I understand that only 1% of the population actually gets off their collective backsides and takes any form of actual real action when it comes to altruistic volunteering (I don't count writing letters or signing petitions as actions really - do you?). So, if you were to be asked what you could do to take some action and be a cause in creating a calmer and more sane society - other than trying to persuade others to do it for you by writing letters - what ideas can you come up with? Phil Shepherd GOOISOFT Great minds think differently

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Martin Dewhurst

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Hi Sam, Brilliant story about how Ghandi got the phrase from Krishnamurti. We are the World is exactly how I see everything and everything I am/do comes from this understanding. And what's inspiring for me is that everyone I've ever met over the years who embodies the principle of 'being' the change, they all respond from this place by sharing their gifts. It's almost as though from this place, we sit upon an eternal spring of giving that flows out into the world and the joy is to merely experience its presence, the insights, the truths, the awareness that comes with the spring itself. What's really interesting is seeing the people that sit upon the spring who have infinite trust and acceptance of the way things are in the world, they are in turn surrounded by people who are learning. From this place they doubt, they want to trust, they want to be accepting, but only the person sat on the spring can know experientially the way that it is. Only a rock climber can teach rock climbing from having climbed mountains and fallen off :-) A practical example, Dadi Janki said to her followers, "we will build a new a new hospital here" and her followers all said with one voice, "but Dadi, where will the money come from to build this hospital?" and Dadi said "the money will come from wherever it is". Needless to say the money came, the hospitals and the Universities got built and countless lives are improved as a result. So, going back to Penny's OP, in these fleeting moments we call life, all we have is now, all we have is the sum of our experience, all we are though is a part of everything, we are the world. When we live from this place, when we look through the glassless window from this place (rather than through the stained glass window of our opinions) when we take action from this place, the world responds accordingly :-) And one last thought. In 100 years from now, each of us could have changed the world with a lifetime of action and the truth is, we will be but dust. So, the burning question is ... why not live as though this day is our last? why not live as though every child in the world was our highest priority? why not give, give, give in total appreciation for the fact that we are born in relative affluence? why not be bold, adventurous and courageous while we still have breath in our lungs and dreams in our heart? :-) Martin

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Lucas Wyrsch

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Dear Penny, Thank you so much for your great blog with your question what change are you creating? I'm creating change in the awareness of renewable energy solutions and in Enterprise Risk Management! Geothermal EnergyEneterpris Risk Management ConsultingBoth topics are huge and both are interlinked! My most recent question this morning was: Can Twitter Predict the Stock Market? http://goo.gl/d9n8V and the answer is Twitter Mood Predicts The Stock Market http://goo.gl/T3EBK The solutions always come from our four fundamental interactions in physics: Newton's gravitation that corresponds to our offline world Maxwell's electromagnetism that corresponds to our online world Strong interactions that correspond to our strong ties of our private networks and Weak interactions that correspond to our weak ties of our social networks Have a great and wonderful time! Best - Lucas Join The Swiss Business Club - Join the GuanXi Game Club - Join the Risk Consulting Club - And Join Doing Business Virtually!

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Jeff Mowatt

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Penny, in a nutshell, this is what I do along with our founder. It was he who conceived the idea of a business entirely dedicated to a social objective, a business focussed on the needs of people.in local communities, an antecedent of the Community Interest Company. Outside the context of the riots, I was speaking the other day with a charity consultant where I'd expressed my disbelief at the apathy I'd encountered in gaining support, even where people would themselves benefit from employment or greater community benefit. Her take on this was that we as a nation differ from say, the US, where local people having determined a need will chip in for the materials, roll up their sleeves and get stuck in. We with our expectations of a benevolent state, typically complain until someone else does it for us with the backing of a grant. Now It's entirely reasonable that having been looted by the bankers, we take to the streets and protest, but when that turns into destruction, we send out a message, that to get the change we want it's OK to destroy property. Violent protest and insurrection were not the way of Gandhi, who first said 'you must be the change you want to see in the world' as in being an example. In this regard, the Spanish 'Indignant Ones' could offer us lessons. Be the change, rather than talk the change is something I've been making a point about often recently. When one steps back to take a look, by far the greatest amount of effort and expenditure on social innovation is in the conferences where those who can afford to go to them wax lyrical about what they're going to be. . It's the same empty rhetoric that government offer as Big Society and as it unfolds we see the same crony capitalism, handing out contracts to major organisations, rather than doing it bottom up. As Frank Capra said "Wake UP , John Doe" . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqpNI4232qg&t=2m16s http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqpNI4232qg&t=2m16s

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Robert Oosthout

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Penny, Thank you for asking the question and making us aware. We all know violence is not the answer, although a lot of those youngsters don't have the skills to practice this in everyday life. There is also another thing. A lot of them have the perception that there is no future for them. So yes we should hold those rioting and luting the last few days to account and at the same time create a future together, otherwise we will loose those people and we will see the same things in future happen again and again. So what do I do to change the world is spreading awareness about our financial illiteracy, so we have a choice to do something about it and yesterday we did something that made an impact immediately. Ottoline and I have started to support the Salvation Army thorough a donation on a monthly basis so they can do their important work with young people that would otherwise live on the streets. They see tot it that they shelter, food, clothes, education and work if needed. I am very grateful that we are able to share our resources with others that haven't got the chances we have been given. Noblesse oblige as the French say. Robert Oosthout Solicitor & Mediator Call me on +31 626 902 545

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Sam Borrett

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to save someone Googling the saying and going into "correction mode," Ghandi got it from Krishnamurti and gave it his interpretation but the essential message is if We Are the World, then Change must come from within, not by starting another cause. Namely Be the Change. Translated to mean we can only change ourselves. Sam Sam Borrett Performance Coach, Trainer, Real Estate, Mentor, Lawyer, Facilitator, Life Constellations Mentoring4Change Jupiter Properties Pty. Ltd. PO Box 241 Brunswick Heads, NSW, 2483 Australia

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Sam Borrett

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Penny, You ask- if you have thoughts regarding 'the change' that needs to happen? Well, I've noticed that topics like these are so full of emotion, obviously that any comment a bit different can be interpreted the wrong way. You might remember one of my particularly positive blogs? Anyway when people say "Be the Change," actually this was taken from Krishnamurti when he said, "You Are the World." Now what he means by that ( most really wise sayings floating around are by the luminaries or stolen from them ) however , no matter. What is important is that we understand them which mostly we do not. In this case of the London riots, generally speaking who else would be to blame if NOT the parents? Yes, maybe there is one very rotten apple, but as children we are totally impressionable and take from our parents in one way or another a certain imprint EITHER in reaction to them or to obey them. This is NOT to say the parents and teachers have not done their best, but the fact is that parents when they have children have no prior experience and are flying blind. Back to the question. If I can learn to respond without anger, jealousy, greed, comparison or envy ( to name a few human qualities and deal with my fellow human in a decent loving way, then that is all the change that I can do. It is wonderful where people take up causes and in this case the Youth need a lot of support, but if they lack good examples, then how else can they learn the ways of a new humanity. These blogs can generate comments but I fear a far greater forum is needed. Perhaps Adults should look more closely at how they are living their lives and what examples have they given their children to emulate. Sam Sam Borrett Performance Coach, Trainer, Real Estate, Mentor, Lawyer, Facilitator, Life Constellations Mentoring4Change Jupiter Properties Pty. Ltd. PO Box 241 Brunswick Heads, NSW, 2483 Australia

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Sharon Eden

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People to support... I nominate Kids Company and Camila Batmanghelidjh. They help vulnerable children turn their lives around, from providing beds for kids to sleep on to funding a number of their 'kids' through university. They can't create prevention, though they're having a damn good try through their educational programmes, but they can help vulnerable children recover and create good lives for themselves. Please read this to understand what they're achieving... and if you don't weep, seriously check yourself out! And the change I'm making? Helping myself and others become more of who I and they really are... instead of who we've been trained to be. Sharon The Inner Leadership Specialist... Sharon's an Inner Leadership Coach, Psychotherapist,Trainer and Author... Find your Purpose, Passion andPower at work right now with her hot offthe press book Whack Around The Headwww.sharoneden.biz People we could support? I nominate Camila Batmanghelidjh and Kids Company  Connect with me here....   #sharonsdata a {color:#666666; text-decoration:none; border-bottom:1px solid red;}

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Martin Dewhurst

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Thanks Mike :-) Hi Penny, As mentioned in another blog, one of the numerous solutions to this challenge we collectively face involves working with the core nominal, the young people who are the most prolific offenders in each area. It involves mindset training and helping them to correct their behaviour for themselves. Prison doesn't work. Go into any prison and spend time talking with the inmates. Try and persuade a criminal who's earning £1000 per week to accept dole at £50 per week as an alternative? or to somehow independently come off drug dependency? feeding them more drugs only prolongs the issue, prison costs £40,000 for every re-offender, and up to 68% re-offend within 12 months of release from prison. The New Dawn project we're running is about creating a solid, powerful infrastructure to work with these core nominals and other young people, to re-focus their energies in new, positive directions. It's not just about young offenders, they're just a part of the story. It's about engaging locally, working with voluntary organisations to increase participation in community projects, working with schools to involve students in greater issues like malnutrition and its antidotes. Any assistance from Ecademy members is welcome. There's already a number of people contributing their time, skill and expertise into the project. And, it's a national issue that requires input from right across public, private and voluntary sectors. Everything we're doing is action oriented, it's fully inclusive and totally values led. And as the brilliant Mark Wing of Interrelated summarised, it's all about creating what we call an infinite empowerment cycle to foster "cultural change through inspired action". Martin

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Mike Turner

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I read about Colin Morley and bethechange.org.uk just a few weeks ago here on Ecademy in a blog written by a fellow Ecademist who really does deserve our support for the things that he's doing to change the world we live in. Martin Dewhurst is a great guy who I've never met. There's one change I plan to make before the year is out :) Mike

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I agree Penny, what a terrible wast of energy... Answer to you question: what change are you creating? Creating flow - my target: Per year 5% more flow in the Netherlands I encourage people to spend time to find their flow and understand how you can make it grow. Groeten / Regards, Sibren Sibrenontwerpt.nl - Sibreninspireert.nl - Creating-flow.nl #WDMT - #CFCC - Weblog

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