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What Does It Mean to Be a Changemaker?

Updated: Sep 27, 2023

In a world filled with complex challenges and opportunities, the term "changemaker" has become increasingly significant. But what exactly does it mean to be a changemaker? At Coachability Foundation, we believe that changemakers are the heart and soul of positive transformation in our communities and society as a whole. In this post, we will delve into the essence of what it truly means to be a changemaker and explore the profound impact these individuals and groups can have on the world.

Changemakers are the visionaries, the innovators, and the passionate advocates who are committed to driving meaningful change. They possess the power to shape the future, challenge the status quo, and create a more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable world. Join us on this journey as we unpack the core values, attributes, and actions that define a changemaker and discover how you can embark on your own changemaking journey with the support and resources offered by Coachability Foundation. Together, we can make a difference.

I had the possibility of meeting with Sarah Mikes today, the founder and director of Mother Nature in Kenya (Africa), and it was truly inspiring. Sarah's dedication to sustainability and her role as a changemaker in the field are remarkable. We delved into the three sustainability projects she's spearheading, all centered around preserving and responsibly managing water resources. Her passion for these initiatives is palpable, and it's clear that she's on a mission to make a positive impact on both the environment and the communities she serves.

During our meeting, Sarah elaborated on the details of each project, emphasizing the importance of community engagement and education. Her first project focuses on rainwater harvesting systems in rural areas, where access to clean water is a pressing issue. Through innovative technologies and community training, she's ensuring that these regions can harness rainwater effectively, reducing water scarcity and improving overall quality of life. Her second project revolves around reforestation and watershed management, recognizing the interdependence between healthy forests and clean water sources. Lastly, Sarah shared her plans for developing sustainable water infrastructure in urban areas, promoting responsible water consumption and waste management practices. Sarah Mikes is unquestionably a changemaker, and her dedication to creating a more sustainable future through these water-related projects is nothing short of inspiring.

What kind of skills have a changemarker ?

Changemakers possess a diverse set of skills that enable them to effectively address complex issues, create positive change, and inspire others to join their cause. These skills can vary depending on the specific context and field of changemaking, but here are some common skills and attributes that many changemakers typically have:

  1. Leadership: Changemakers often take on leadership roles, whether formal or informal, to guide and inspire others toward a common goal.

  2. Critical Thinking: They have strong analytical and problem-solving skills to identify root causes, assess situations, and develop innovative solutions.

  3. Empathy: Empathy is essential for understanding the needs and perspectives of the people they aim to help, ensuring that their efforts are meaningful and inclusive.

  4. Communication: Effective communication skills help changemakers articulate their vision, engage stakeholders, and advocate for change. This includes both written and verbal communication, as well as active listening.

  5. Networking: Building and maintaining relationships with a diverse range of individuals and organizations can help changemakers access resources, gain support, and collaborate effectively.

  6. Adaptability: Changemakers often face unexpected challenges and changing circumstances. Being adaptable allows them to adjust their strategies and plans as needed.

  7. Resilience: The ability to persevere in the face of setbacks and adversity is crucial for sustaining long-term efforts and maintaining motivation.

  8. Creativity: Changemakers bring creative thinking to problem-solving, finding innovative and out-of-the-box solutions to address complex issues.

  9. Project Management: Effective project management skills are vital for planning, executing, and evaluating the impact of their initiatives.

  10. Advocacy: Changemakers often engage in advocacy efforts to raise awareness, influence policy change, and mobilize support for their cause.

  11. Cultural Competence: In a diverse world, understanding and respecting different cultural backgrounds and perspectives is essential for effective changemaking.

  12. Data and Research Skills: Many changemakers use data and research to inform their decisions and demonstrate the impact of their work.

  13. Financial Literacy: Understanding budgeting, fundraising, and financial management is important for sustaining and scaling changemaking initiatives.

  14. Collaboration: Changemakers frequently work in teams or collaborate with various stakeholders to maximize their impact.

  15. Ethical Considerations: They are guided by strong ethical principles and a commitment to social responsibility in their actions and decision-making.

  16. Environmental Awareness: For those involved in environmental or sustainability efforts, knowledge about ecological systems and environmental issues is crucial.

  17. Digital Literacy: In today's connected world, proficiency in using digital tools and platforms for communication, advocacy, and data analysis is highly valuable.

Changemakers often combine these skills with a deep passion for their cause and a willingness to learn and adapt as they progress in their efforts. While not every changemaker possesses all of these skills to the same degree, they continually strive to develop and refine them to maximize their impact and create positive change.

Thank you for taking the time to explore our projects and the impact we're striving to create. At Coachability Foundation, we firmly believe that positive change is a collective effort, and it's through collaboration and support from individuals like you that we can turn our vision into reality.

If you're inspired by our work and share our commitment to sustainability and social progress, we invite you to join hands with us. There are several ways you can collaborate and support our projects:

  1. Volunteer: Your time and expertise can be invaluable to our initiatives. Consider volunteering with us, whether it's lending a hand in the field, sharing your skills, or contributing your knowledge.

  2. Donate: Your financial support can go a long way in funding our projects and expanding our reach. Every contribution, big or small, makes a meaningful difference.

  3. Spread the Word: Help us raise awareness by sharing our mission and projects within your network and on social media. The more people who know about our work, the greater our impact.

  4. Partnerships: If you represent an organization or have resources to offer, we're open to exploring partnerships that align with our goals and values.

  5. Collaborate: If you have ideas for collaborations or projects that complement our mission, we're eager to hear from you. Together, we can explore new avenues for positive change.

Your support is crucial in our journey as change makers. Together, we can create a better, more sustainable world for all. Feel free to reach out to us at to discuss how you can get involved or to learn more about our ongoing projects.

Thank you for considering collaboration and support with Together, we can make a lasting impact.

Curator Montse Domínguez i Munllonch


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