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Lead the way

A Changemaker is above all a leader. He embraces a new form of leadership which is cooperation-oriented and empowers others to drive change. In the XXIst century, a leader is prepared for change and able to anticipate the societal changes the world will be going through. He is agile and ready to make decisions. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower”. (Steve Jobs)

2. Think big & Believe in yourself

Audentes fortuna iuvat. Fortune does favor the bold! You’ll never know what you are capable of if you don’t try. A Changemaker is able to go out of his comfort zone. What if Christopher Colombus never dared to cross the ocean? What if Caesar never dared to cross the Rubicon? You should trust your capacities in making the world a better place. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy”. (Martin Luther King)

3. Be resilient

Of course, Rome wasn’t built in a day. After having embraced your career as a Changemaker, you’ll experience failures and successes. Resilience is the ability to anticipate and recover from failure and difficulties. “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” (Confucius).

4. Work with communities

Dreaming and thinking big is a huge part of what makes a human a Changemaker. But he cannot be only a dreamer who is developing an outstanding project for his own good. A Changemaker will strive to maximize his/her impact on the society. “He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.” (Aristotle).

5. Do what moves you

Life is too short to do something you don’t like. If you do something you truly love, you’ll bend over backwards to not only do your best, but also to be the best at it! “Where the needs of the world and your talent cross, there lies your vocation.” (Aristotle)

6. Change yourself in order to change the world

If you change yourself you will change your world. If you change how you think then you will change how you feel and what actions you take. And so the world around you will change. Gandhi said: “Be the change you want to see in the world”. The capacity to change the interactions you have with the world that surrounds you lies within each one of us. You possess the incentives to make this world a better place. Accept it and meet the change. “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” (Leo Tolstoï)

7. Attend Startup Weekend Changemakers

Join Startup Weekend Changemakers in Brussels on 13-15 November 2015. You’ll connect with like-minded people, share stories and ideas, develop confidence and new skills, find the energy, and eventually build distruptive startups that challenge the status quo and have a positive impact on society. Join Startup Weekend Changemakers and come out as a new individual ready to implement Change!

What is Ashoka?

Ashoka is an international organization whose mission is to create the best entrepreneurial and innovative solutions to social and environmental challenges, having the effect of inspiring everyone in society to act as Changemakers.

The role of Ashoka consists in identifying, enhancing and supporting these innovators in order to: inspire, encourage, facilitate the co-creation of activities for a strong social impact, to break down barriers between stakeholders and society and to equip the younger generation with the necessary skills to become a Changemaker.

Learn more about the activities of Ashoka in Belgium at belgium.ashoka.org

Marie-AmŽlie Lenaerts