What a week! At two events, I’ve met incredible people who are creating important community results through combining their own unique power. The multiplier effect can be seismic. These people are shifting our world, in addition to supporting it. The best bit? They’re just being themselves and combining what they’re good at.
Everything we need to change the world is within us
Justin Dillon is changing the landscape of modern slavery, using his creativity. I had the privilege of meeting Justin at the London Benchmarking Group (LBG) 2019 Conference. A musician, artist and now change agent, Justin has partnered with the Obama Administration, film producers, rock musicians, SAP, Google and others to create a world-wide movement and disrupt the $150b modern slavery business.
His 2011 online tool slaveryfootprint.org has been used by 30 million people. He formed the charity Made in a Free World, B2B supply chain transparency platform FRDM and has published ‘A Selfish Plan to Change the World’. All through combining his creativity with the power of others.
We can have similar results. Don’t believe me? Think about your own skill set and whether you’re using it to tip top advantage. Justin says, “everything that we need to change the world is within us. We under estimate how powerful we are and how we can change the world. We all have core competencies and back stories. We can use what we’re good at to solve other people’s problems.”
Justin’s LBG visit was timely. In January 2019 the Australian Federal Government legislated to require all businesses of $100 million turnover to report annually on the risks of modern slavery in their operations and supply chains.
Community change, through Giving Circles
I met more incredible people combining their personal power at Australia’s inaugural Collective Giving Summit. Giving Circles are a relatively recent philanthropic model in which a group of people donate their money to a pooled fund, democratically decide on a cause to support and vote on a charity to grant their funds to.
Giving Circle membership can be a valuable gateway to philanthropy and to raise much-needed funds for community need, as explained in the 2017 Collective Giving Report.
Collective giving is powerful, not only because of the support provided for at-need people. There can be mind-blowing multiplier effects as described by Giving Circle The Melbourne Women’s Fund. Their $60,000 grant was made to a small $74,000-turnover not for profit for the purpose of reducing the level of women reoffending. Within a year the grant had attracted $760,000 from additional funders. As a result, their program could be expanded, benefitting more women.
Good2Give is currently half way through a research trial with Westpac Group testing Giving Circles in the workplace, assessing the value to companies, employees and charities. Results will be announced mid-2020.
As neuroscientist Tali Sharot explains in her TEDx Cambridge talk, we’re social people, we really care what others are doing, we want to do the same and we want to do it better.
So, do you know your unique power, and do you combine it with that of others? When you do, congratulations in advance for the change you’re collectively going to create!
Charity Relations Manager