Be The Change Series Interviews- Featuring: Autumn Tompkins

Be The Change Series Interviews- Featuring: Autumn Tompkins

If the video didn’t show up here’s the direct link: https://youtu.be/vT-mw5d9-eA

How You Can Help

1) Check out Autumn’s article on Elephant Journal about The Elephant in The Room of Discrimation and share it with your network to get the word out about these issues.

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About Autumn

Head Sass-Master and Word Artist Rollin’ Out Words of Art to Make Your Indelible Mark.

Learn More over at Autumn’s Website InkWellCopy.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Be The Change Series Interviews- Featuring: Faith Waringa Odhiambo

Be The Change Series Interviews- Featuring: Faith Waringa Odhiambo

Here is our Interview. We had a lot of technical difficulties so we thought it best to write the answers out. You can also watch video is below as well.

If the video didn’t show up here’s the direct link: https://youtu.be/8Y-cslF9o14

1) Lynette: What does “Be The Change” mean to you?

Faith: Be the change to me means that change starts with you as an individual and the ripples effect should be seen in the your attitude and how you handle day to day obstacles.

2) Lynette: Can you tell me about the work you’re doing over in Mombasa, Kenya?

Faith: Girls Shift Africa works to empower and inspire young women and girls to believe in themselves and rocking know That they can make it no matter the circumstances.
We do have mentorship sessions with institutions.
We are in the process of starting new program.

~women as tools/ambassador for peace in the homestead , community and the whole nation as a whole.

Last year we were trained with a organization called creators of peace circles and in July we had a recap with them and it was one awesome day as we shared how the training changed our lives and our relationship with friends and family.

3) Lynette: Why should someone care to give back? And what does that typically look like?

Faith: For me giving as always been part of my day to day activity. I feel it is our responsibility to take care of each other. What makes [us] do this work is the feedback [we] get from parents and guardians of the girls that we work with in institutions.

They always want to have us back, but the resources are minimal so we are just able to reach the few we can.
If you give to us it goes a long way to mentor a young Girl having problems with self esteem , one who doesn’t know who to talk about the common teenager body changes etc.it also helps us to spread the awesome awareness of peace and conflict resolution.

4) Lynette: Business owners and grassroots organization leaders-how can we combine our superpowers and create real impact?

Faith: I Believe that entrepreneur(s) are in solidarity, so things move a bit faster plus the power of networking is just too wide this Is the only Way small business owners can grow. When we are in unison it is easier to access funds etc.

5) Lynette: What is one actionable piece advice you can give someone who wants to start a nonprofit or take up a cause?

Faith: Just make sure that you are passionate about the business /organization cause. Without passion it will be very easy to drop and just leave. But if you love what you do, money will never be an issue because you will try all the techniques possible to make sure that the organization thrives.

How You Can Help

1) Girls Shift is a very Grassroots organization so any donations are going straight to the women who are boots to ground. Please reach out to Faith via her Facebook Page to learn how you can support these young girls and women over in Africa. Girls Shift Africa Facebook Page

FaithAbout Faith

Known to friends as Fei-zy, she is the iniatiator of Girls Shift Africa. Faith works in Tudor, an impoverished area in Mombasa, Kenya, where she inspires and empowers girls and young women to give their gifts to the shift and realize their full potential. Faith, along side volunteers are breaking the cycle of poverty and dependency by upLifting, inSpiring and emPowering girls and young women to Be Who They Really Are and shine their lights.

 

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Be The Change Series Interviews- Featuring: Vincent Ogutu

Be The Change Series Interviews- Featuring: Vincent Ogutu

If the video didn’t show up here’s the direct link: https://youtu.be/RjxkAIts5RM

How You Can Help

1) See how Vincent gives hope to some of the most demoralized people on the planet, and take a page from his book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yH3Ornhn6yk

2) Contribute to research that will help entrepreneurs connect better with what they do, here’s a link to Vincent’s 15 minute survey targeting entrepreneurs: https://rutgers.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3aCmC58oDR9yeTr

Here’s a quick summary of what Vincent talked about during our interview. (He was kind enough to email it over :) )

“I talk about the coincidence of being asked to talk to prisoners and my then finding out that my training so far has positioned me to inspire people like that and give them hope. I wanted to run away from any such endeavor since I wouldn’t have time, and then I realized I couldn’t tear myself away. For the first time in my life, I had found a problem I could solve. I’ve always wanted to solve problems (poverty, disease, war, etc) but never really thought I had anything particularly unique to offer. Now suddenly I was confronted by a problem I’d never worried about before (people languishing in despair, in prison), and I realized my training in the psychology of meaningful work, and my experience as a teacher (public speaking skills) combined wonderfully to enable me to inspire hope in people.”

Taken by Miriam BerkeleyAbout Vincent

Vincent is a Doctoral Candidate (ABD) at Rutgers Business School, NJ and is making the world a better place by helping people create meaningful work experiences. His dream is to turn his students into social entrepreneurs. After getting them to propose solutions to problems in society as part of a social entrepreneurship course, he would challenge them to actually do it. Not just to shelve it as a finished course assignment, but to take the dare – as he had to, kicking and screaming :) – and actually turn their ideas into reality. Be the Change!

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Be The Change Series Interviews- Featuring: Tim McDonald

Be The Change Series Interviews- Featuring: Tim McDonald

If the video didn’t show up here’s the direct link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIktE8H8JoI

How You Can Help

1) Signup to be a part of the #365DaysOfGiving movement

2) Join the effort to leave No Kid Hungry

TimMcDonaldAbout Tim

Tim McDonald builds communities, not networks, through individual relationships that create movements.

As the Purveyor of Purpose at Be The Change Revolutions, Tim leads the overall vision, strategy and execution of key client accounts.

Co-Founder of CreatingIs, Tim and his partner, Ayelet Baron are re-imagining leadership beyond money, fame and big titles. Bringing together unsung heroes who are changing the world and amplifying their voices to create action.

Previously he was the Director of Community for The Huffington Post, where he set strategy and oversaw a team of moderators, support and standards for the leading online news site with over 300 million comments and 70,000 bloggers. Prior to this position, Tim built and managed a community for Huffington Post’s live streaming network, HuffPost Live. Continuing his passion for community management, Tim founded My Community Manager, a resource for community managers and a community of community managers.

He is the founder of Lake County Social Networking and the former Director of Communications and Community Manager for Social Media Club Chicago. Tim’s dedication to his clients’ satisfaction is matched by his exceptional coordination and negotiation skills, which are evident throughout each of his transactions. Tim is a client advocate and his first priority is to meet his client’s goals as efficiently and effectively as possible.Community Manager is just a title for being a connector that builds relationships. It connects people, ideas and brands.

Connect with Tim on:
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LinkedIn
His personal site

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What “Be The Change” Means To You

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There’s a lot of dispute about who actually said the words “Be The Change You Want To See In The World.” The quote that became quite a popular catch phrase is typically attributed to Gandhi however, a quick Google search and some digging would reveal that he probably said something more a long the lines of this: “We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in our outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him…We need not wait to see what others do.” If he said all that then that quick catch phrase isn’t doing as much justice to what he’s really implying, but either way…

What I’ve concluded, is that at the end of the day, it’s what the words mean to you, an individual amongst other individuals living in our various societies. And even more importantly, I think it’s best to ask ourselves what are we willing to do in order to practice what we preach…or represent what we stick on the rear windows of our cars, or make happen what paste onto our vision boards.

Throughout the Sundays in this month, I’m going to share heart-to-heart interviews of some very interesting people I’ve encountered along my own journey to being the change I’m actively developing from the inside out. They’ll be sharing what “Be The Change” means to them and helping us lay down the framework (or maybe a “start here” template) on how we can apply the principles behind their personal definition in our own lives.

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with this question to ponder:

How can you pour your abilities, gifts, talents, and expertise into work that can wholeheartedly contribute to the change you hope to see in the world?

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