Unlike popular images of trekking across barren lands to teach an English class or digging wells to provide safe drinking water for an entire village or saving the world in some other amazing way, my experience is more mundane.
I'm always calling the staff together for strategy planning. We use a lot of mind mapping and brain-storming. Our white board gets used so much that it seems like we are always buying new markers. After meetings, I compile notes and try to keep us moving forward. I guess I'm a nudge too.
As a colleague often says, “We always had dreams, but we didn't know what we didn't know until we knew it."
My organization in Macedonia, known as Public, has a mission of working for positive change in Society. They do it through social issue research, public education and calls to action.
Someone who knows me tells another about me who passes it on to another and then to another. Finally, I'm asked, “Can you help us?”
Soon I'm confronted with a surprising opportunity. I hear about an emergency of dire consequences.
- How many chance encounters are saving cultural heritage,
- Restoring human dignity
- And yes, improving human lives with safe drinking water?