Beliefs + Beauty + Impact
I believe beauty stems from our beliefs, a center from which we formulate our world views, situate our actions, and perceive others. Belief affects how we behave in our particular lives, but their influence does not stop here.
What we believe impacts how we act within the larger economic, political, and welfare spheres that shape our communities. How our beliefs act out on these stages affects the lives of those around us, before us, and after us, be that the life of a person or a plant. Our belief-inspired actions affect the health of our very planet by impacting the daily decisions we make that add up to or detract from climate change, in addition to shaping how we vote, act, and speak out against the policies and systems that shape larger-scale impact efforts. In this sense, we open and close doors to igniting change every day in both micro and macro ways. And we determine the beauty of the world and our lives through these choices.
I believe that people who use their lives to create a positive impact and inspire change within their own worlds add to the beauty of life, and I want to understand both how these individuals think and what we can learn from them.
Impact + Potential
To raise awareness about impact, belief, and change, I am launching a segment on impact where I will interview people who do not just dream of creating a lasting impact but are acting on these aspirations.
I hope to inspire you, the reader, to investigate what beliefs are holding you back from having a greater impact in the world and to give you the tools to change a world, one belief at a time.
Has all impact work been useless? These resources give me hope that aid does work when executed intelligently— check them out:
Gap Minder is a non-profit that measures the success of international aid projects.
Dead Aid is an optimistic book on the pessimistic past aid in Africa.
This is a talk on how and why aid goes wrong– and how to course correct.
This is an example of someone applying a critical eye and innovative ideas to challenge commonly held beliefs in economics– and winning a Nobel Prize on the way.