Remembering Those Who Stood for Change

Remembering Those Who Stood for Change

In Canada on this day, we take a moment in silence to remember those who stood for change and fought for the independence of our country. I am humbled for all the freedoms and luxuries that we enjoy each day as a result of our ancestors’ efforts, that we take for granted.  

For those who continue to stand for the protection of our great country, I give thanks to you. 

Over history, standing for change has occurred through various approaches. Sometimes like the victorious battles we celebrate today, more violent routes were taken.  Other times, like through the efforts of Gandhi, liberation was taken via more peaceful routes. We’re now in the 21st century and our society is fundamentally different than it was 20 years ago let alone 50 years ago.  With technologies like the internet and the proliferation of smartphones, social interactions have been revolutionized, information and ideas are much more broadly disseminated etc. Similarly, changemakers in this 21st century need to rethink what are the best strategies to use driving their change effort.

As an agent for change, one can feel like a lone wolf standing for a cause. It’s easy to see those advocating for something against your cause as those who should change. Resistance is created when we then focus on the problem to be fixed. Progress is slow as it’s working against the effectiveness of a positive culture, engagement and productivity.

 “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” ~R. Buckminster Fuller

When you read this, you may be saying to yourself ‘nice concept, but how do you do that?’ Well…

  • Instead of blaming the other for not supporting your cause, or providing resistance, what if you sought to understand their needs? What if you could clearly articulate what your needs are and see what new reality is possible with both needs being met?
  • Instead of focusing on what is not working, what if you focused on building on what is actually working?
  • Instead of creating win-lose situations where one side needs to compromise, what if you truly venture out to create only win-win situations?
  • What if, instead of standing against something, you took a positive stand for something?

Are you ready to start creating win-win opportunities?

As changemakers in the 21st century, we owe it to those who came before us and fought the fights they did, to create a greater world. Will you join me? 

Interested in listening to an audio on this topic where Donna delves into this a bit more?
Then click here to listen to her podcast episode.