I have come across an inspiring website called WorldChanging.org Wonderful ideas, actions, interviews, and suggestions about world changing stuff. We live within a deficit of inspiration and positive stories. We are surrounded by a world in which the media (TV, radio, news, newspapers) concentrate on sensationalism, reality shows, and negative news. So, it always comes as a left curve to have a media channel in which positive actions, inspired leadership, and world changing ideas can be presented.
Bill McKibben - engaged citizens are the crucial lever to help establish climate change legislation
This interview is fascinating. Bill McKibben is a world renowned activist. He has started a new movement – 350.org – He started the international campaign to make 350ppm of CO2 the safe upper limite for atmospheric carbon. He sees it as very important to become part of our ordinary household language, wants to inspire the world to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis.
Read this interview to become informed, inspired, and action-oriented. Our current level of CO2 is 385ppm and climbing. Bringing it down is absolutely critical – for our future, our planet, and our children.
I invited a response to the following question on Twitter and Facebook and though that I would share the responses that I received. I asked if anyone would like to share the difference between motivating others and inspiring others? Are both possible? And, is it possible to motivate others?
Here are some of the responses I received…
From Carolyn in Minnesota.“I think motivating is an intentional act from the doer where inspiring is done from the person observing. I think that cheering someone on over their fears can be done.”
From Ryan Brook at The University of Calgary..”You could motivate me to clean your garage for lots of money, but you could never inspire me to do it with just money.”
From Irene Howell in Newfoundland…“Once people are inspired I think that will motivate them – if they have any life in them at all!!”
Part of the reason that I asked this question is to better understand my role as a facilitator, presentor, speaker and workshop leader within a community economic development context. My perspective has been that I cannot motivate others, but I can and wish to inspire them. Thanks everyone for your comments and feedback! They are inspirational for me!