Making Good: Let's Get to (Meaningful) Work
In 2007, Paul Hawken published Blessed Unrest, which documented a new type of movement. One which has no single leader, but in which many people are leading. There are literally millions of organizations large and small that were -- and still are -- growing a new type of movement. It will be nothing less than a transformation of the fundamental structure of our economy and the culture of the world.
Dev Ajula and Billy Parish are leaders in that great awakening. But they see a problem with Hawken's thesis: it's happening too slowly. Our world just can't wait for another generation while we slowly overcome our collective addiction to fossil fuel and the consumption economy. And they looked around as young people struggled to find meaning and make money during of the Great Recession.
They've been able to make a living while doing good. But it wasn't some mystical process they used to get there. There were practical, reproducible steps and attitudes that helped them along the way. They both realized that they had something to share that could both help people searching for meaning in their work and push forward the transformation the world needs faster than ever.
The product of their collaboration and effort, Making Good, was just published today. The book tells the inspirational stories of people who have built a meaningful living out of making change, but, thankfully, doesn't end there. Blending their own experiences and research with knowledge gained from the Rockwood Leadership Institute and others, they detail what you'll need to get started. This includes ways to recognize how big the opportunities are and then help on finding where you can make a difference. And they tell you how to get help and build networks along the way.
But, recognizing personal habits count as much as knowledge and strategies, they also include 8 Daily Practices. Some of these are warm and fuzzy, like creating a mantra for yourself. Others are more challenging such as "Be 100% authentic". You can even sign up for an email service on MakingGood.org that will send you an email every morning with practical steps and reminders.
Making Good doesn't stop with just making meaningful work for yourself. Dev and Billy point out that government, with its great power and influence, must also be radically changed to serve the people, not wealthy people and industries. Even after you've found your niche and making good for yourself, you're not done. We need to organize with the millions of other people who are also working to change destructive laws, oppressive systems and break down the barriers that prevent all people from reaching their full potential.
Making Good is targeted to young people just starting their careers. But it's equally relevant to older people who want to bring more meaning and fulfillment to their work and lives. And it's relevant to younger readers. I wish I could have read it in high school, as it would have put college in a whole different perspective.
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