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What does one of the world’s most famous rock stars know about poverty? Plenty. Bono not only makes great music, he is making big changes in the world as well. In 2002, Bono founded DATA, Debt AIDS Trade Africa. He now influences popular culture AND the world’s most powerful leaders. In recognition of his achievements, TIME magazine named him one of 2005’s Persons of the Year.

Blogging for Change

Over the past few years, I’ve been doing an increasing amount of research about social entrepeneurs, nonprofit organizations, and local and global challenges. Because I believe it’s my responsibility and privilege to share the knowledge that I collect, I’m launching a new blog for my findings and thoughts on how we can change the world for the better. You can find it at http://changemaking.blogspot.com.

There’s not much there yet, but please stay tuned for more.
[2008-10-29: Note–the Change Making blog now lives in this category here at lauriethompson.com.]

How to Change the World

How to Change the World cover

The book that started all of this for me was How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas by David Bornstein. He profiles people who have made a change in their world, focusing on nine individuals who were selected for fellowships by an organization called Ashoka. Ashoka’s mission is “to shape a citizen sector that is entrepreneurial, productive and globally integrated, and to develop the profession of social entrepreneurship around the world.”

I found each of the individual’s stories to be an inspiration. The things that they accomplished were indeed extraordinary, yet the people themselves did not seem to be that much different from anyone else that I know. What made them stand out was their conviction, determination, and perseverance. Maybe we don’t necessarily need to be smarter, richer, or better connected to make a difference. Maybe we just need to try.

Change making launch

Over the past few years, I’ve been increasingly drawn to social entrepeneurship and the power to change the world that has been demonstrated by individuals. With the rise of technology, globalization, and wealth, the power to create positive change in the world is ever-increasing. Still, there are serious global challenges that humanity must face. This blog will highlight individuals and organizations who are solving problems, not just treating them, in new and interesting ways. It is my hope to inform and inspire others to rise to the challenge and create an upward spiral of change making throughout the world.

My first "review"

This month I got to review a new children’s museum which opened near our neighborhood. I was excited to see the museum, and excited to try something a little bit different with my writing – a review. It turned out I loved the museum and couldn’t wait to take my kids there, so here is the glowing review.

KidsQuest Children’s Museum — Exciting new Eastside space for fun and learning“, ParentMap, January 2006

Write what you know

This is an article in which I got to be my own expert. My husband and I have had plenty of experience traveling with our two small children. Many of our friends and family think we’re crazy (and some of our trips have occasionally bordered on insanity), but we love having the opportunity to expose them to new things. I’m confident it is good for their development, even if they’re too young to remember the actual experiences.

Holiday travel with babies and toddlers“, ParentMap, December 2005

Decisions, decisions

BabyMap runs a regular column called Decision Digest, where they summarize all sides of important issues that expectant and new parents face. In this issue, I tackled two questions: whether to bank cord blood for personal use, and using cloth diapers versus disposables.

Decision digest — Private cord blood banking and diapers“, BabyMap, Fall/Winter 2005-2006

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