How to Change the World

Journalist John-Paul Flintoff believes there’s magic in life’s minutiae.

The way we preserve and present history is as though it was achieved through the work of one person (usually a man). The recent history-shaping events that we see in the news are shaped in the same way. Stories are simply easier to tell and remember when they involve fewer characters. But this isn’t how the world works. Leo Tolstoy nailed it, John-Paul Flintoff believes, when he wrote that history is shaped by “…an infinitely large number of infinitesimally small actions.” We all have the power to take such actions. Truth is, we’re taking them regardless of our intentions. Here’s the video:

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About Cameron Conaway

Cameron Conaway is a former MMA fighter, an award-winning poet and the 2014 Emerging Writer-in-Residence at Penn State Altoona. He is the author of Caged: Memoirs of a Cage-Fighting Poet, Bonemeal: Poems, Until You Make the Shore and Malaria, Poems. Conaway is also on the Editorial Board at Slavery Today. Follow him on Google+ and on Twitter: @CameronConaway.

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