Great things are done by a series of small things brought together. – Vincent Van Gogh
I think we all understand the myth of the overnight success story. Someone or something may spring to public consciousness quickly but that success has years of effort and sticking to it behind it.
It is the same with change in your community. Real and lasting change for the good does not come about after a quick meeting and a day long event. It comes from thoughtful planning and setting up a few dominoes to fall into the right places. It comes from allowing enough time to let people see your position, to see your viewpoint as the way it ought to go.
It is very much an art.
Many small things go together to make a big thing. Just like in a Van Gogh painting, the skill and finesse you place on the small things have a big impact on outcome. You’ll know you’ve done it right when folks call it an overnight success. You’ll know it wasn’t.
Everyday Revolutionaries comes from all kinds of temperamental backgrounds, in fact, the more varied our approaches the stronger the effort. People who are generally more comfortable with interaction in groups and who are naturally outgoing seem to fit the mold of what we believe a “mover and shaker” is. Nothing is further from the truth! But for those introverts wishes to play a part in their own “everyday revolution,” we may have some tips that can keep you a little closer to your comfort zone. Listen in!
Your message is the central theme of your effort, go getting it to your intended audience is important. Look for tried and true methods or new innovations, but be sure those methods are connected to willing ears! Listen now!
It might sound like oversimplification, but the message is what you’re trying to get across. Sometimes the message gets lost in the execution of the plan. Especially in an effort that has opposition, you might have help losing the message! Here’s some advice to help the Everyday Revolutionary stay on message!
The morning of April 2, 2018 thousands of Oklahoma Teachers and concerned citizens followed the example of teachers in West Virginia and converged on the State Capital calling for what they deem is long overdue adequate funding for their school, classrooms and students. But there are some in far-flung parts of the state that are rallying support in their own hometowns, garnering support from citizens to make calls from all parts of the state to their state legislators to urge them to support the needed funding for schools. I was lucky enough to happen on one of these hometown rallies and spoke directly with the Everyday Revolutionaries taking a stand for education and the future.
Get your ducks in a line was common barnyard advice when I was growing up. It’s also good advice in any endeavor you are trying to accomplish! See how the Everyday Revolutionary can use this bucolic encouragement to their advantage. Listen to the podcast.
In 1968, in response to the loss of 58 fishing men within a month’s time, Lillian Billoca, pictured above, and other women from the port of Hull demanded action on the improvement of the safety on the fishing industry in England. The concern regarding the safety of the men as they performed their work on understaffed boats, often without radio operators and no medical facilities except back at port and employers seemingly more attentive to the bottom line, had been ongoing for years prior to 1968. The tragedy of the loss of the three boats and the 58 men spurred the women, dubbed “the Headscarf Revolutionaries,” into action. They knew what they wanted, they knew what their destination was, they needed to make those in charge take action. This episode describes the efforts of the Headscarf Revolutionaries to bring about significant change in a community, an industry and a nation.
We’ve discussed our Everyday Revolutions in the framework of local or even neighborhood level changes. There are issues, nationwide issues, that are of a concern, as well. We here at the Everyday Revolutionary would submit that national movements are really a collection of hundreds or thousands of locally grown participants seeking to raise awareness in their part of the world, change the mind of their elected representatives or even change local policies regarding the issue at hand. Being part of a million person march on Washington has its effect, but being one of a million Everyday Revolutionaries across the nation changing their hometown also has a big impact.