Inequality + Creating Sustainable Change

Inequality + Creating Sustainable Change

Help. Give. Aid. Contribute. You see these words associated with inequality and creating change all the time. But what is the most effective way of implementing solutions and how do we go about it?

Feelgood Style’s Shanley Knox gave a TED Talk on the subject. She shares her own formula for not only creating impact, but making that change sustainable.

(Poverty + Opportunity)Competition = Impact

~Shanley Knox

With her Nakate Project, Shanley set out to create a business for women in Uganda struggling to live a fruitful life. These women would create the products, jewelry, and Shanley would market and sell them. The project proved less an “impact crater” that provided immediate and enormous change, but a catalyst for instilling teachable steps toward bigger, lasting impact.

Most of us expect or feel we should create huge craters of change. Then get discouraged, give up or never even take on the challenge. Last week Marie Forleo interviewed Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, authors of A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity. The book tells us how we can all create lasting change for inequality around the world and how to do that.

Like most good things in life, sustainable change is created by taking the necessary steps and doing them the right way, even if that takes a little longer. Every little thing done toward the greater good is a step in the right direction.

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Written by Liz Thompson

I am an organic beauty expert, writer, and mom of two young environmentalists who can already spot a toxic product when they see one. Read more about me at Organic Beauty, and find me on , Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

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