Entries from May 2008 ↓
May 20th, 2008 — Uncategorized
This weekend a constingency of us from Ashoka met with the folks at GOOD Magazine to brainstorm how we can inspire more people to become Changemakers for good. A Changemaker is Ashoka’s language for describing someone who is self-actualized and views themselves with the power to change themselves, their families, their community, and ultimately the entire society of human kind. We drew vin diagrams that blended idealism and pragmatism and talked about changing patterns in the last 50 years as a new trend in a large body of socially conscious citizens, etc.
As I listened to these discussions the expressions and language that I heard were, in essence, echoes of Zion. These are elements that the Utopians have identified across the centuries. The ways such a society are to be established have already been identified and successfully implemented for short periods of time. Why short? Because it is extremely hard work, it takes constant concentration, quick repentance, “prayer and fasting”, “meeting together oft” and the entire group must be fully committed. But I say the more we can approach that ideal the better and it should be our endless goal, so I whole-heartedly endorse Ashoka’s vision of Everyone a Changemaker. It is a matter of being and becoming.
May 15th, 2008 — Nature, The Modern Condition
The other day after work I decided to walk through the National Zoo and I came away with a couple thoughts. First, we humans are not the only ones with cognitive powers. There was one orangutan that was completely working the crowd, luring everyone away from another ape and then, once he had their full attention, sending them all away in disgust to his own delight as he regurgitated a previous meal and slurped it back up again. The thing is my nephew gets the same sense of pleasure from showing everyone his chewed up fish sticks. A particular seal lion also resembled my nephew in his tactics for stalling to go to Continue reading →
May 3rd, 2008 — News commentary, The Modern Condition, Uncategorized
In my continued seeking for goodness Friday at work I had the privilege of sitting and listening to Betty Makoni, a reknowned activist for girls’ rights, as she was in the country to receive an award from Amnesty International. I was humbled as I listened to her matter-of-fact description of the problems facing young girls in her country and then completely humbled as I listened and observed her personal drive and remarkable capacity as an agent of change to drastically change the lives of thousands upon thousands of girls and eventually millions as her model is being replicated around the world.
2500 years ago a man named Jacob rebuked a gathering of men who had through their actions abused their wives and children. He spoke in the name of the Lord saying “I, the Lord God, delight in the chastity of women and whoredoms are an abomination before me… I have seen the sorrow and heard the mourning of the daughters of my people [and can suffer it no longer’.” In our modern day men continue to destroy these most precious and tender daughters of God. Thanks be to God that He has raised up a woman named Betty Makoni to continue this battle for what is right and the only acceptable mode of behavior towards these most precious souls in the eyes of God.
In blogging fashion I will honor with her with links to her story–
Her official website
Her Ashoka Fellow profile
A speech she gave at the Global Philanthropy Forum
From the Global Fund for Women
From the United Nation’s Girls Education Initiative
From the BBC