“I want to create a better world, not just better conditions in the same world.“
For years, I used the story of people floating in a river, unable to reach the shore, to describe the difference between social change organizations and more traditional charities.
In case you’re not familiar with it, it goes like this:
A passerby saw a person floating down the river, jumped in and saved him. Day after day, more people were found floating in the river, unable to reach the shore. The community organized, set up teams to watch for and save the floating people. Eventually, someone asked why they were showing up in the river in the first place. She headed upstream to see why these folks were ending up in the water and to determine how to help prevent it from happening. [Read more…]