On the Good Men Project’s Conscious Intersectionality Social Interest Group’s weekly calls, moderated by Emily Ladouceur, we discussed the importance of looking beyond your own interests when facing problems because there may be other interest groups that are also affected. The joining of forces creates a larger platform that carries more weight in affecting change.
If you’re like me, you’ve got an entrepreneurial spirit that is present in all that you do. Ideas fill your head when you walk through a hardware, hobby, dollar, or any supply store. “This is used for that but what if I turned it this way or that, maybe it would work like that thing I need.” The possibilities all feed into your imagination, sparking projects or enhancing ones already started.
Creating a thing is easier than developing ideas that affect communities and develop movements. Things are between you, the materials, and the tools. Ideas that take hold require other humans to embrace the concept, to become a reality. Those of us who have seen our visions transform know we have had to master the art of sales, marketing, and persuasion to advance an idea for a greater good.
Nothing happens overnight, although ideas can “pop” into my head at any time, during any activity, for no reason at all. Sometimes it happens because someone says, “I wish.” From that moment, the wheels start turning. What is the mission? Who will it benefit? How will it benefit the community (local, state, national)? What will be its economic, humanitarian, and/or physical impact? Who might be interested in supporting the mission – finance, time, expertise, participation?
The opposing side has to be explored also. Who might stop the project? Why? What might change the negative perception? Who and when would be the best resource to tackle the issues? Can the project be tweaked to address the concerns?
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