quiet revolution

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
– Margaret Mead

This weekend I was reminded about the idea of the quiet revolution. In my job and in some of the stuff I do outside of work we are constantly trying to get some recognition- especially from the media. Why doesn’t the media care that (insert trauma here) is happening to women or Doesn’t anyone care about what’s going on in Afghanistan? We’re always looking for the tipping point, the point where the issue that we care about will come front and centre and people will finally get off their asses wake up and start doing something about it.

But I’ll tell you- we can’t wait for these tipping points. We can’t wait for the “movement” to start and wash over us and everyone to the point where we forgot what life was life “before”- unfortunately twitter is a great example of this- I’m hearing about it EVERYWHERE and it seems like everyone and their dog is signing up for an account. We can’t wait for justice for the poor, poverty-reduction or peace to become trendy.

When we wait for momentum and the tipping point we fail to notice the small groups of people who are already passionately working to make the world a better place. Who not only care about “Cause A” or “Problem B” but are actively working to eliminate violence, war, rape, poverty, injustice, illiteracy, racism, homophobia, or you name it.

This weekend I was reminded that small is powerful. 50 people committed to ending violence against women is 50 people better than zero. And you can rest assured that these people don’t care because it’s the new “it” cause or trend.

Small is beautiful.
Small is powerful.
Small is a quiet revolution.

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