Critical ingredients for success in the social development world
Over the years, I have discovered the value of more than one _‘secret sauce’ _for realizing systemic change and transformation. I have seen that passion, curiosity and bravery are critical ingredients in shaping the world we want to see – and the ingredients that I see illuminate the social change heroes of our time. I am not talking about the ‘famous’ heroes – I am talking about the ones we see working tirelessly day-in and day-out to improve people’s lives and make a positive contribution, slowly taking ground and triggering what might initially present as small changes, but that build momentum, and often end up leapfrogging to scale and impact over time.
Passion is a must as real change is hard and challenging – passion helps one to remain committed to the bigger picture, especially in the face of adversity. Curiosity underpins and drives efforts to understand impact and learn what works and what doesn’t in order to leverage insights and improve future results. In our ever-changing and complex context, continuous learning, adapting and improving are essential to keep pace.
And, finally, bravery:
Many of the ‘best’and most impactful initiatives and solutions we see have come from humble beginnings, with curiosity and passion as constant companions. However, curiosity can certainly lead to hard insights along the way and it takes passion and bravery to stay the course and keep innovating and adapting. I have seen some become jaded and shy away from their greatest potential in large part due to a failure to really embody these interdependent ingredients. But, I am always encouraged and hopeful when I witness my heroes of social change and the truly transformative results of their work.
By Gabrielle Habberton, Senior Research Manager at Greater Capital and a consultant to Nation Builder www.proudnationbuilder.co.za