If you are like me, you ask yourself the question how we can make the world a better place for all of us. In other words, “How we can change the world”. I’ve connected with 10 extraordinary people, activists, entrepreneurs, “polar bears” and book-writers, who all contribute in their way to change the world. Their answers were surprising, interesting and inspiring.
Even though I do not agree with all the answers, they all enrich my view of the world and lead me to think and go new ways. I hope they do this for you too.
Here 10 ways to change the world.
Wim Hof – Change, better
Tobi Rosswog – Living Utopia
Gary Vaynerchuck – Go Individual
Dayo Ogunsola – Clear Positive Vision
Brian Rose – Living Your Passion
David Fritz – Adapt our Needs and Behaviours
Chris Guillebeau – Ask More Questions
Martina Weber – Live as The Best Example
Mactar Kane – Redistribute the Cards
David Rooke – Our Safest Future is a Unified Future
Wim Hof aka The Ice Man
Founder of The Wim Hof Method, a method that combines specific breathing techniques, cold exposure and mind-set techniques, coupled with physical excercies. It’s a natural method to improve health and well-being.
We better, change for the better.
I do that through nonspeculative scientific research and sharing an effective method. I believe and show we can have more control over the most important matters of life, happiness, strength and health.
The endocrine system, innate immune system, autonomic nervous system are now been researched and showing that we can deeply influence into these systems. We are into ongoing scientific studies to battle matters like inflammation, pain, depression, anxiety.
With not just great hopes but also funded expectations, we will make the world better by giving every person in the world a nondogmatic choice to have a proven way to gain deeper control and understanding in our wellbeing. No speculation.
Not Just Talking About Utopia, but Living Utopia
Tobi consistently lived money-free for 2.5 years to gain experience outside the exchange and performance logic. Today, he employs his entire energy and time for social change in order to stimulate a perspective shift. He writes on the german blog Experiment Selbstversorgung (self-sufficiency experiment).
From my perspective, there are three ways for a social-ecological transformation:
- Through direct resistance to this exploiting system, so that less suffering is caused
- Determinte the conversation through educational activities and enabling other mindsets models with inspiring impulses
- Through living utopia-like alternatives, to make other self-evidential ways of life experienceable
With our image-forming collective, we run educational activities in order to exchange ideas in the areas of reflection, inspiration, and action-taking.
With our network living utopia , the focus is on the creation of utopias that make a different world imaginable. There are activity rooms for the accompanying motifs of money, veganism, ecological and solidarity in which people can meet and organize differently. These perspectives and experiences are important to other ways of togetherness.
We should always be aware that if something is unthinkable today doesn’t mean that it’s impossible. It’s just not convincible. In this sense: NOT JUST TALKING ABOUT UTOPIA, BUT: living utopia!
Depth over Width – Go Individual
One of the world’s leading marketing experts. Gary grew his family wine business from a $3 Mio. to a $60 Mio business in just five years. Now he runs a digital marketing agency and hosts the AskGaryVee Show where he goes deep on his follower’s questions.
I think people are very stuck, Prosper, on tactics over religion, and I talk about that in business all the time. If you’ve been following me, you’ve heard that a million times, but it’s how I think about a more sustainable world, meaning, as a media company, as an individual, I think we take a lot of shortcuts.
Tweeting something to support something is not making an enormous impact. It can make an impact. You know, you supporting something, if five of your friends care how you support, or if a celebrity and 50 people care, but it is stunning how much more important action is over little words or tactical things, so for me, I think it’s a day in, day out thing to deploy to the things that matter, and I think it’s a very human game. I think I like depth over width. For me, if I can impact my little circle, and this whole thing, the Vayner Nation, VaynerMedia, all of my inner team here. I’m impacting them on an individual basis, and then they go and impact other people.
So, I think my answer to your question is, as a media company, or as anything else, way too many people are looking to reach too many. Go individual. It’s what you’re doing behind the scenes that is way more important than what you’re doing optically for the PR’ed version of how you wanna position yourself to the world.
Clear Positive Vision
Dayo O. Ogunsola
Dayo is a board member of AFIDEP (African Infrastructure Development Partnership), an organization which offers alternative approaches to African development while encouraging indigenous participation and empowerment. Their priority is the positive social and economic impact they make.
Visionary leaders, positive or negative, are the ones who have made the world what it is today and they will continue to be the ones to change the world. Howbeit, one should dwell on leaders with positive vision. To change the world, there must be a vision, committed to by a leader. It is the responsibility of a leader to lead his/her followers through the wilderness of doubts.
Before, during and after Christ, leaders have emerged who did tremendously well in leading their followers to glory. Abraham, Moses, Joseph (the Jew Egyptian Prime Minister), King David, Jesus Christ were leaders who contributed to the settings of their world. Political leaders such Abraham Lincoln (who publicly opposed slavery amidst political struggle), Mahatma Gandhi, Ho Chi Minh, Martin Luther King Jr, Kwame Nkrumah, Jomo Kenyatta and more, all did well by creating massive ideologies to galvanize the interest of their would-be followers who adopted their visions. Business leaders such as Steve Jobs, Jack Welch, Bill Gates, Jack Ma have used good business vision to change the world. Among the last group are the inventors of valuable products.
One common fact about all these groups of people is, they pursue an agenda desist of “me first”, even though they benefit or benefited from the end results.
To make the world a better place, we must construct a vision which includes others (possibly, the masses) in our thoughts, but in a way to add value, not destruction.
Living Your Passion
Brian Rose is a master interviewer. He moved from the USA to England to work in finance and then walked away from all of it. to follow his passion. On his show London Real he features guests with fascinating stories and unique perspectives from every walk of life.
I believe that we truly owe it to ourselves and others to seek out what we are deeply passionate about and spend our life executing this work. To not do so is to dishonor the gift of life. To pursue any other path is a mistake, regardless of the compensation or accolades received.
I have lived in both realities.
But only through passion is there true life.
Adapt our Needs and Behaviours
David Fritz works in the field of communication and campaigning for the Biovision Foundation. The foundation fights poverty and hunger and is committed to the publication and application of sustainable ecological methods that preserve nature as the basis of all life.
A world without hunger and poverty would be a completely different world. This goal would not be so difficult if we were willing to adapt our behavior and our needs. There is more than enough food on our planet, but too much is wasted from production to consumption. An adaptation of our food system to agroecological approaches would not only help the 800 million starving but also make humanity as a whole healthier. Even our environment and the climate would benefit from such an approach.
Hans Herren and his Biovision Foundation, Alternative Nobel Prize winner, have been advocating such a change for over 18 years. Little steps have been made – but there is still a lot to be done!
Ask More Questions
Chris Guillebeau is a New York Times bestselling nonfiction author, blogger and speaker. He visited every country in the world (193) and is best known for his The Art of Non-Conformity book. His one-line answer speaks for itself.
Ask more questions and don’t accept circular answers.
Live as The Best Example
Martina is an activist at UP (Umweltplattform) , an organization that allows you to get to know inspiring projects and people who are thinking in a creative way in the setting of creative events. The events offer a platform for those who value taking action.
Try to understand people, why they behave in the way they do. Accept every person, talk with them on the same level and try to get out the best of every person. And most important: Live as the best example how you want to have the world.
Redistribute the Cards
Mactar is a food technician and an agronomist and distributes his natural Nouvel Elan drinks.
A better world must be debated in different environments with people from different backgrounds.
We have to learn to limit ourselves to our basic needs again.
It should be noted that a better world for an industrial entrepreneur dependent on deforestation to obtain raw materials is never the same as a better world for an exploited child who works in mines and prepares his grave with his own hands, just for a piece of bread.
I think we have to put the things on the table and redistribute the cards to create a better world for everyone.
Our Safest Future is a Unified Future
David is a co-creator of A Better World, a purpose-driven movement, with co-active, co-evolving, co-creative leadership determined to co-create a better world.
Over the last 200 years, human potential development and potential have exploded, firstly fueled by fossil fuels that have released labor to be reinvested in things other than simply survival. Then In the last 50 years, the creation of computing has further enhanced our cognitive capabilities, giving each of us far greater creative potential. And in the last 20 years, we have become far more connected via the internet and social media.
With this explosion of potential it is perhaps unsurprising that existing social and economic systems, broadly capitalism and socialism have struggled to keep up with a resultant explosion of the powerful emotions of anger and fear, leading to pervasive fight and flight responses. To progress, and indeed harness for all our benefits the potential of this progress we need to understand that as humans we are essentially emotionally driven, and our emotional makeup has not kept pace with changing technology.
To move ahead we need to solve our challenges at the emotional level, using the most powerful tools at our disposal. We need to communicate emotionally to most of the electorate that our safest future is a unified future, where all are provided their basic needs of shelter, food, drink, healthcare and education, and in this certainty reducing the anger and fear drivers that sit at the bottom of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. This is not an act of philanthropy or altruism but necessary for us all to flourish. We have the tools to achieve this at our disposal, and the key is to develop smart evolutionary algorithms that powerfully spread this message via social media, and organize to provide workable scalable solutions to the core challenges to be adopted for governments to be elected. But this must be a bottom-up evolution, not a top-down revolution.
It is only by stepping out of ourselves and seeing that we are all responsible for a collective better future that we can now deliver it. We have all been empowered to make a difference, and we all need to accept the responsibility that goes with this. There is an abundance for all of us, now and for the long term, if we only choose to look up and look further down the road.
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