Exploring the origins, ethics and future of changemaking

65 reasons I am writing this blog

In Purpose on April 4, 2012 at 11:18 pm

1. The learn about ethics
2. To understand the nature of change
3. To construct a more holistic theory of change
4. To improve as a writer
5. To reflect upon past ethical dilemmas I have faced and wonder if I would approach them differently
6. To be able to support social entrepreneurs to think differently about their change initiatives
7. To be able to teach about ethics
8. To discover how doing good has been approached historically
9. To understand why changemaking has become such a force and powerful meme in present times
10. To bring consciousness to the changemaking world
11. To help the do-gooding sector or system to rethink how it does things
12. To support specific organizations to rethink their mission and or activities
13. To work with philanthropy to consider how ethical thinking can be used to enhance their work to improve the process of grant making
14. To develop discipline as a writer
15. To be able to meet interesting people and discuss change and ethics
16. To be able to work with Kate Ettinger
17. To create a powerful resource for people working in the do-gooding space to use in conducting their work
18. To open up new career opportunities for myself
19. To be able to speak and teach on ethics
20. To contemplate on and heal my own self-judgements about past ethical decisions I have made, and
21. In turn heal relationships I may have jeopardized through harm caused by past decisios
22. To learn about and practice empathy
23. To learn how to make clean observations
24. To develop my capacity to think not just with my brain, but with my heart and intuition
25. To be creative
26. To learn about blogging and social media, and explore blogging as a force for change
27. To create a new service for organisations and individuals wanting to engage in ethics
28. To create a culture of ethical thinking and practice around changemaking, Social change and doing good
29. To challenge the status quo and established presuppositions about how to go about changemaking
30. To be courageous and bold in sharing ideas
31. To be able to connect to the underlying needs that govern change work
32. To help entrepreneurs connect deeply to their motivations for engaging in social change
33. And through that make more effective decisions about the work they are doing
34. Unearth people who are models in ethical practice
35. To distill their leanings and make them accessible to the general public and people engaging in this work
36. To celebrate good practice organisations or initiatives
37. To learn how to write powerful case studies
38. To learn to write succinctly and accessible
39. To learn how to write and communicate ethically
40. To practice and develop my ability to ask powerful questions
41. To help others ask powerful questions
42. To synthesis ethical models and philosophies from history and present them in a way that is accessible for this particular context
43. To contribute to new thinking around ethics
44. To take an applied approach throughout, and not just talk in the abstract
45. To consider the spiritual dimensions of changemaking
46. To connect people with existing organisations and services that exist in the ethics space
47. To participate actively in the ethics and changemaking communities
48. To practice humility, and have the courage to be vulnerable around my leanings, sharing these openly in my writing
49. To provide a platform for others to write about ethics and changemaking, and to share their views, supporting diversity of viewpoint
50. To conduct workshops around the Ethics of Changemaking so that other practitioners can bring real life dilemmas to the table and share those.
51. To see over time a shift in the types of conversations people have about ethics
52. To see over time changes in the nature of initiatives that individuals or organisations pursue
53. To create simple, powerful and easy-to-use resources for people to engage with
54. To publish beyond the blog
55. To help people come to an internal practice of ethics, and not just rely on external codes of what is right and wrong
56. So that people can feel more confident about making decisions in facing ethical dilemmas
57. To see existing services and programs that are causing harm to their stakeholders be closed down or shifted to something new
58. To have fun while I am doing it
59. To make this project and process sustainable for me
60. To open myself up to new ideas and thinking beyond what I am currently exposed to
61. To explore how other cultures approach changemaking and how this could inform ‘western’ views of change
62. To contribute to other journals and blogs around these topics and encourage other practitioners, writers and editors to explore this dimension
63. To surprise myself
64. When I get scared or afraid of the enormity of the project, and hit that wall of inner resistance, to keep going
65. To become an expert in something, and really explore one particular topic deeply

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