I will be anxious to see whether or not this new app grows a fast following. I have a feeling it will, largely because I think all the do-gooding millennials out there have finally realized that ‘likes’ and ‘follows’ actually have very little to do with impact. Thank God. Amen.
A recent blog post appeared on Good.is written by Andrew Benedict-Nelson of Insight Labs. I’ve read it twice now to ensure that I’ve actually and accurately gathered the point. And the point, insofar as I understand it, is this: Want to make a difference in the world and in the lives of others? Good. Great. Just don’t expect a/any career path to guide you towards such a pursuit. Astonishing.
If you grew up anywhere near Flint, as I did, you’ve probably been to the Flint Local, (and likely to see your brother or your brother’s best friend’s band play).
The always insightful Dan Pallotta gives us some more valuable fodder on the change-the-world sector, suggesting that this new “era of limitless,”—that which began in the post-war era with the likes of Woodrow Wilson’s League of Nations, Eleanor Roosevelt’s Freedom House and formation of the United Nations, and President Kennedy’s talk of a “new world society,” and continues today with entities like the Peace Corps., Americorps, and the proliferation of a sea of new do-good sectors (social enterprise, B corps., design for good, public interest design, human-centered design, etc)—may in fact be limiting the imagination of the young people it attracts. Pallotta warns that by placing an increased emphasis on the change-the-world sector, we run the risk of obscuring any young person’s real and natural calling, stifling their potential to truly contribute to a better world.
Very good overview of the changing landscape happening here in Detroit. Midtown Detroit Inc. is an influential CDC that has been working diligently to transform several aspects of Detroit’s Midtown cultural corridor. They are also the engine behind the Whole Foods store (sign of the bourgeoisie times?), which broke ground in May in an otherwise vacant lot.
Emily Pilloton and her operation in rural North Carolina, continue to be a great source of inspiration for me. Earlier this month, Ms. Pilloton delivered the commencement address at the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkely. Read.
Her advice rings true for me on a daily basis: Ideas are worth little without action. The best way to start is simply to start.