Writing books on Revolutions. Why write about them? I have heard that quote from time to time. Below is a snippet from my book, “How to Create a Revolution: a Step-by-Step Guide to History’s Social Influencers” on what sparked Our Revolution and my search for social good. Enjoy!
Before we begin….
In 2010, I was asked to speak at the 140 Character Conference in Detroit. I spent the morning before my speech walking around the city, trying to get to know the people and tap into the energy around me. To be honest, I still wasn’t sure what I wanted to speak on and was in search of some inspiration. What I found would not only be the inspiration to speak that day, anything else. After an hour-long stroll through the barren streets of downtown, I came across two parking attendants, a homeless guy, and a shop owner. When asked about their city, they all began the same way, “Despite what you hear about Detroit….” I couldn’t help but think, “Why are you defending your city? This town seems great. Wow! How disheartened the residents must be if they feel that have to defend it.”
Here is that 140 Character Conference talk on Creating Revolutions:
It became clear to me that day that we have to begin to work together believe in creating change and growing that initiative into something we promote social good and positive, underground movements.
The months that followed were a whirlwind. I assembled a team to help me travel to 23 cities in the month of March in search of social good. Trust me when I say I had no idea who we were going to meet or how the events of that trip would alter my life. We planned as much as we could and hit the road. It was one of the best and worst months of my life. I kept asking myself, “Why do things keep going wrong? I thought this was supposed to be a great trip? I thought we were here to exactly who I wanted to meet–they were individuals who were creating their own revolutions, who were living by example, recruiting their friends and building a better, more sustainable community.
It is these people who inspired me to look back throughout history to examine how change actually occurs and what motivates people to get involved. It is these people who are living proof that anyone can make a difference, if you just believe. It is for a better tomorrow that I write this book and ask you to help me to teach others how to create a revolution.
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