How To Make Change

 

On one of my social network pages, a friend asked me how to effectively institute change as an individual or as part of organizations.  My first thought?  “What a complicated question!”  Many ideas raced through my mind, and I quickly realized that I would need a moment to organize them all.  I stepped away from the computer and engaged in another activity so that I could allow my thoughts to marinate and I could thoroughly absorb the question and appreciate all of its nuances.  (I do this often when I want to think.  It’s AMAZING how clear you mind can become while walking the dog, listening to music or cleaning the house).

Here was my response:

1) I think we have to start with the ideas that <name> and <name> have already posited. We each need to get rid of the ego, pompousness, jealousy, etc. and really want ALL to shine.
2) ALL who are willing to work to help the community are qualified. If I’m looking for a brain surgeon to operate on me, then I want to see degrees, experience, etc. The community is different. To wit: I’m a Fulbright Scholar with a Master’s Degree, but all the people in the community I’ve serviced care about is that I’m also born and raised in the South Bronx to a single parent, and I know what it’s like to go to bed hungry. I can understand what they’re going through. YOU CAN’T FAKE THE FUNK!
3) We need to all do our research and become AWARE of each other as organizations.
4) NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK. By the way, refer back to number 2 on this one.
5) We must all be of the same mind that MUCH of our work is connecting our clients/participants to their past. We spend a lot of time spinning our wheels when we don’t get our clients to see WHO THEY ARE, and WHY they’re not only significant in this world, but CRUCIAL.
6) NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK. I don’t have to go back to number 2, do I?
7) Our networking must include ALL aspects of life and career. We have to connect organizations to funding to politics to policy. Which brings me to the last point….
8 ) Poor communities must take ownership of their own issues and be willing to SELF-CORRECT! No-one can lead them to the promised land. Waiting for people in power (read that how you will) to change policy so that they lose power and give it to those that don’t already have it is naive at best. That brings us back to number 5.

To that end, The Berlack Method, LLC stands willing and able to network/connect with each of you here to bring positive change to our families, our communities, our nation and our world. To find out more, visit: www.steveberlack.org. I especially encourage you to check out: TBM’s description, Champions’ Blog, and the video library under the “Events” tab.

Peace and Blessings,
– Steve

That’s my take on making positive and effective change.  What’s yours?

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1 Response to "How To Make Change"

  • Verna Johnson says:

    Positive change takes courage and willingness and lots of prayer.

    I agree with the statements written by Steve.

    Each one teach one is not enough! We have to be willing to reach out, network and teach as many as we can with knowledge, hope and experience. “You Can’t Fake the Funk” ~ In my experience those looking for answers want a blue print from someone that started on the same page. This leads to the hope that if “they” made it I can make it.

    Prayer…if you don’t know ask Steve Berlack, lol. We must remember that “we” ultimately don’t run anything. Courage and willingness comes from a Higher Source for me. In addition, character defects, self will, ego, greed etc truly needs removal from above…

    Nice Post Steven! Thanks Again

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