Why do I want to start a Riot?

The world is going to implode.

Either through climate change brought on by the burning of fossil fuels, or through civil unrest caused by social inequality and injustice. Or though some as yet unknown blunder created by the human race. Whatever the case, I’d say we have 50, maybe 100 years left. So, being a naive, middle class kid from the suburbs who was told she could do anything she wanted, I thought, I want to change the world.

First, I tried conscientious objection. I became a vegetarian and I eschewed the material in favor of the re-purposed and the second hand. I traveled around the world  to learn about other ways to live and made conscious choices in place of my previous blind faith. But, with the other 7 or so billion people in the world, that didn’t really make much of an impact.

So then I tried to change the system from within. I did my MBA and then consulted for non-profits about social entrepreneurship and venture philanthropy and other business ideas I thought might shake up the capitalist hegemony. But even that didn’t really do much. I’m still a vegetarian with a house full of ‘vintage charm’ and I’ve met a huge heapful of insightful and energetic people running really cool organizations (I’ll be blogging about them later) with tons of super-creative plans for how to make the world a better place. If only people would listen.

Which brings me to my next plan. I’m adding my voice to the cacophony of noise on the internet in the hopes of starting a riot. I figure if enough people start talking really loudly about making the world a better place, sharing everything we know and don’t know, that sooner or later people might start listening, and together we could write a new ending. My research is, after all, about the power of stories for social change…

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4 thoughts on “Why do I want to start a Riot?

  1. i have come to the same conclusion— it is time for ALL of us to start making noise.. we can put men on the moon and return them safely to earth but we’re too stupid to be able to stop wars. we throw away obscene amounts of food while others starve!? there are truly intelligent people on this planet who could suggest truly workable solutions to our issues but the dictators who do not give a fig about their own people HAVE TO GO!!! the world is a very violent place —truly “dog eat dog”. however, people seem to have the most capacity for good and evil. some of the things i’ve read and seen on the internet lately have upset me so much that i honestly couldn’t sleep for several days. so now, i too, am starting to make noise. i’ve started small by complaining about the lobster tanks in the grocery stores in town …next is a trip to town hall to discuss the “rules” governing the animal control centre. if we all do a little …. things WILL get better!

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