It was a sunny afternoon in 2007, and I was ambling around with a friend after school, waiting to be picked up, relishing an orange ice bar. My friend had a newspaper in her hand (that they gave us at school to inculcate news reading habits), and she was telling me about a gruesome news she had read in it. At that moment, I decided to pitch an idea to her, that I once had few years back, ‘I don’t know why the news people publish all the bad news. When I grow up, I will start a newspaper which will only publish the good news of the day; like how one person helped another person in a hopeless situation, or donated generously to a cause, or stood up for something they felt was right. I am sure there is more good than bad’. My friend, a pragmatic and intelligent young woman, immediately dismissed it, saying, ‘Who do you think is going to read it, beside yourself?’
Could that be true? Were people really not interested in reading about the good stuff? In the years after that, I moved to Australia to study a degree in Environmental Engineering, and continued my quest for these answers. In the winter of 2011, after a lunch catch-up with a young passionate activist, CEO of Australians Supporting Kids, and now, a close friend, Mirinda Thorpe, I was dwelling on all the work people are doing globally to make a positive difference in the world. Suddenly, in a moment of divine intervention, the entire universe aligned itself, and based on my 8th grade fantasy of ‘the newspaper that told good stories’, Stories for Change was born. I am now ready to prove to my friend, and myself that ‘good’ exists, and people do want to know about it, and feed their souls with it.
To find out more on how you can support the cause of ‘celebrating the good’, read on :)
Since the media is full of depressing stories of war, environmental destruction and social injustice, it has led to most of us becoming angry, demoralized or numb to the state of our planet. However, alongside the countless problems of our world, there is a movement, that is powerful, but fragmented. People are working in their pockets of the world to make a difference in their own ways.
In the words of legendary thought leader, Paul Hawken, ‘This is the largest movement the world has ever seen. Rather than control, it seeks connection. Rather than dominance, it strives to disperse concentrations of power. Like Mercy Corps, it works behind the scenes and gets the job done. Large as it is, no one knows the true size of this movement. It provides hope, support, and meaning to billions of people in the world. Its clout resides in idea, not in force. It is made up of teachers, children, peasants, businesspeople, rappers, organic farmers, nuns, artists, government workers, fisherfolk, engineers, students, incorrigible writers, weeping Muslims, concerned mothers, poets, doctors without borders, grieving Christians, street musicians, the President of the United States of America, and as the writer David James Duncan would say, the Creator, the One who loves us all in such a huge way’.
Stories for Change will unite these people, through the means of a short story collection and a documentary film. We are documenting stories of people around the world who have done positive work to benefit the human community, environment, or animals. These stories could get lost in time, if we don’t share them now. Yet, if we do, they could become food for our souls. Our website: www.storieschangingtheworld.com will give you more information on this project.
Our dream and vision for this project: is to remove and help millions of other people remove some of the glasses that we are wearing, so that we can get a clearer vision of ourselves, as we stand in front of the mirror, so we can have unobstructed peeks into each others’ hearts, so that we can gaze at those tall trees in the forest and know in our hearts, that it is possible. It is possible in this lifetime.
These stories could get lost in time, if we don’t share them now. We need your support for this.
Remember, we are in this together. What you do makes a difference. Make a difference now. Support Stories for Change.