It was unexpected that the day after I blogged about a number of change organizations attracting attention in our society, particularly from our young people, that I saw it for myself on the streets of Washington, D.C.
Yet another change organization--different from the two that I wrote about yesterday--this one called "Be The Change" with three national campaigns currently:
- Service Nation--encourages a year of national service "to tackle pressing social issues."
- Opportunity Nation--advocates for expanded economic mobility for all young people and to "close the opportunity gap in America."
- Got Your 6--seeks to create opportunities for veterans.
Has "change" just become cliche or are people genuinely looking for something that is missing in today's culture, values, and norms.
These smiling people certainly seem to be excited about change.
It just makes you wonder--what is it that people are desperately missing in their lives and want en masse to change? How do we help people find that missing link and achieve real enthusiasm for what we are doing and where we are going?
As leaders, it is our duty to understand and meet the genuine needs of the people...somehow doing this on the street corner by volunteers (as hardworking and noble as it is) seems to missing the larger point of government by the people for the people.
We need more politicians engaging and more people feeling they are being listened to. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)