The art of building a team for social change
Published on 21/07/2016
In our efforts to create social change, are we the proverbial David, or are we actually Goliath?
In this video, social and political entrepreneur Dave Meslin talks with Groundforce founder Chris Cowperthwaite about the art of using the “massive power of the masses” to build strong and engaged teams of people working towards social change.
Drawing on his experiences with the Ranked Ballot Initiative of Toronto (RaBIT) and Cycle Toronto, among others, Dave discusses the strategies and tactics he uses to tap into what he sees as the widespread desire to “do something meaningful” and to overcome the obstacles that can discourage people from participating in community action.
- What we can learn from stores about creating enjoyable and welcoming spaces
- Why he prefers small donations from members to larger grants from foundations
- When top-down leadership can help or hinder a team
- Why it’s important to know your members’ postal codes
- How quilts and exposed pipes can help keep people involved
Lastly, hear why Dave thinks that the last thing we need to make social change is more Dave Meslins.
Watch the video Leadership Development from the Ground Up.