What is the catalyst behind big positive change? Something improved & break-through in business or the community? I can think of a few catalysts on the surface that drive change
- The Mad Scientist – It’s hard to keep creative thinking down for long….
- Survival – Expenses rising faster than revenues, creating a brutal math problem with negative consequences if change does not happen fast
- A societal need – Someone recognizes an unmet need and looks to fill it: Hunger, housing, general welfare
- Personal incentives (put in place by someone else): “I help drive it, I benefit from it.”
- Failure. It’s been well documented that innovation comes from failure, learning from experiments that did not deliver, but new learning was captured and then applied in a different way.
I’ll introduce a more simple, yet powerful force that combines many of the above elements.
Correction: Moms working together on a common cause, one that is deeply personal.
I’m not talking about the Mom spending power or the Mom’s influence on purchase decisions, which has been well documented.
What I AM talking about is…
The raw impact that can be made when 2+ Moms get together and decide something needs to be done. And THEY are the ones that need to make it happen. Because if THEY don’t do it, it will not happen. And if it does not happen….the consequences are greater than the blood, sweat and tears that result from trying. So with that, I introduce one of the most powerful catalysts I have witnessed for creating change:
Moms on a Mission
Melissa Todd & Kristin Barek are the spotlighted Moms on a Mission. They are the driving forces behind bringing Best Buddies to Memphis, a cause that is certainly near and dear to my heart for its focus on social inclusion for those with intellectual disabilities.
In less than 2 years I’ve seen this organization go from idea, to start-up, to setting big goals to expand the service. This 2 minute video details out their journey well.
Best Buddies international is a powerhouse in the charity world with unbelievable impact. But there impact was not felt in Memphis without a local chapter. [Continue Reading…]