Volunteer Managers Challenge for Change 2011

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

Margaret Mead lived from 1901 – 1978.  She was a respected and controversial anthropologist, writer and speaker.  A woman aheadof her time, she pioneered thinking that was rare for this era, and radical for a female. 

 Even though she did not speak or write about volunteerism specifically, she understood and lived with the same inspiration and passion that is characteristic of people who want to make a difference. 

She was only one woman, but she changed the world.  She made an impact by doing what she was passionate about one day at a time along side of other committed individuals who shared her vision. She likely did not understand the impact she would have on the world while she was in the midst of doing it.  Interesting, we likely do not either. 

 In 1979 her daughter accepted the ‘Presidential Medal of Freedom’ on her mother’s behalf.  The citation with this award speaks of “underlying human unity”.   Most certainly this is a foundational piece of what rises up within us to unite with and advance a particular cause.  

Part of who we are as individuals comes from the sum of our life experiences to date.  These experiences evoke unique passion and have great influence on what we are drawn towards.  The powerful combination of passion and skill births a world of possibilities that we may choose to entertain or not.   

 I encourage you to examine your passion and skill, look at the possibilities, and begin changing the world. 



About Propellus

Propellus is a non-profit organization that has been empowering organizations since 1955. Through a dynamic range of consulting, training and member services, it helps organizations envision and realize new paths, practices and possibilities. Propellus guides, mentors and educates clients, arming them with tools and resources to help boost organizational effectiveness. Propellus strengthens organizations; in doing so, it leads the way toward building thriving communities.
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