I think that changemakers should be an actual workforce in today’s shifting and dynamic world. This isn’t just about differences in citizenship, location and beliefs; it’s about changing the structures and pillars of society that are no longer viable for a lot of people. Social entrepreneurs and people who want to be responsible for genuine change in society are stepping up and so many are taking notice.
Changemakers: A Short Guide
Who are the changemakers?
The term is so broad since it can be applied to so many fields. Primarily, though, changemakers are people who work for enacting change for the betterment of people’s lives. They aim to uplift and empower marginalized groups in their own way. Although being a social entrepreneur makes you a changemaker, business executive and CEOs can take the title as well. As long you have a problem that you want to solve to help a certain group of people then you are responsible for change.
Being a changemaker isn’t easy
Most of the time people think that changemakers are social workers, aid workers and non-profit organization employees. Tackling societal problems head-on like these people do is one approach while other people go different routes. In the end, the work they do isn’t easy because they always espouse change.
Changemakers see a problem and they want to fix it. Whether it’s abusive parents or a failing community, social entrepreneurs always respond to something they don’t like. But the difficulties in being a social entrepreneur can be found in the following:
- People who block their efforts for change. Most of the time, the people who can benefit the most from the change are the one blocking it. Just like an abused spouse who defends her abuser, these people are afraid to step out of their ‘expected pain’ zone.
- Changemakers have to be brilliant marketers. Change doesn’t sell itself and it certainly doesn’t sell well. Social entrepreneurs have to work double time, all the time to make their message come across. They have to live their ideals and show people that change can be good, if a bit painful.
- Setting it up is a piece of cake, keeping it going is walking on broken glass. As mentioned earlier, our government has a special offices dedicated to innovations and thus social entrepreneurship. You can find funding quite easily but the money eventually runs out.
- Keeping brilliant people to work with you is hard. Social entrepreneurs can’t work alone so they need people. The problem is, they can’t provide competitive employment packages to professionals who want to take part in their endeavour. They might have to make do with professionals willing to do part time work in changing the world.
- Social entrepreneurs fight the most intrinsic, deep-seated elements of society. You’ll find them battling apathy, habit, misunderstanding, disbelief and ignorance. Just pick one and the group that’s being oppressed.
But somebody’s got to do it
Thanks to a world where people are more aware of social problems, a lot of college students want to work in a company that gives back to the community. People are looking for corporate social responsibility from their employers so they can feel like their job has meaning.
Changemakers aren’t there to impose a schedule or a work plan on you to help other people. They want to shift your beliefs in such a way that you support their cause wholeheartedly. They want companies and institutions to recognize the problem and work with them for the solution.
Unlike most initiatives in any organization, the orders come from the top and carried out towards the bottom. What social entrepreneurs always do is start at the grassroots. This way, their work reaches the target groups easier than going through higher levels.
If you want to be a changemaker, you have to be ready for the long haul and you have to pack a lot of passion. Social entrepreneurship isn’t for the faint of heart but the right people can amass the right resources in the right quantities to address a goal or problem.
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