september-3-2012

Social change starts with you.

Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” While there are several factors in life that cannot be controlled, each of us ultimately has the power to choose to create the life we want to live and shape the world around us. Being the change you wish to see in the world starts with taking accountability for everything that you think, say, or do. That said, we invite you to join us in this month’s dialogue around social change, personal growth and civic engagement.

Social change builds community-based responses that address underlying social problems on an individual, institutional, community, national and/or international level. Social change can change attitudes, behaviors, laws, policies and institutions to better reflect values of inclusion, fairness, diversity and opportunity. Social change involves a collective action of individuals who are closest to the social problems to develop solutions that address social issues. - adapted from the Fund for Southern Communities

Who you are, what you know, and the people and experiences that shaped you matter. Being aware of your values, beliefs, and interests, in addition to your strengths and areas of improvement, is critical to leading and cultivating social change. Describe your personal values and beliefs. How are they related to the change you wish to see in the world?