What is “Change”?
It seems that we are currently living in a time where the demand for change dominates much of the public rhetoric—both nationally and internationally. What exactly is it, however, that people want when they demand “change”?
Far too often when we refer to “change” we are referring to something that others need to do rather than something we ourselves also need to do.
While everyone is talking about, demanding, and even promising change, many people are dug in, entrenched and unwilling to move from their own ideological positions. What kind of change is possible when no one thinks they need to change and everyone thinks “others” need to change?
“Clamoring for Change” was originally created as a space for bringing together people interested in effecting meaningful societal change regarding important social issues. The desire was to help reduce societal polarization and promote civil dialogue by building a community of people with diverse views, opinions, and ideas, who are willing to share, listen, and learn—people who not only want to bring about change but who are also open to experiencing change themselves.
The intention was to create a space where we don’t simply demand that “others” change but where we, through engagement with views different than our own, can actually begin to experience change.
In order to accomplish our original goal, we needed to generate a significant cohort of contributors willing to share their views, opinions, and ideas. While many people have expressed a need and desire for such a site, few have been willing to join the cohort of contributors needed to fulfill our desired goal.
While I still strongly believe in the need for a virtual space where people can actually ENGAGE in transformative civil discourse, I alone am unable to provide the diversity of perspectives needed to achieve our original goal. Therefore, until we are able to present visitors the diversity of voices needed to achieve our original goal, Clamoring for Change will serve primarily as a platform for me to share my own perspectives regarding pressing social issues.
While we are moving away from the original goal of the site, we will still be accepting blog submissions from people wishing to write for Clamoring for Change. If you or someone you know has a desire to write for Clamoring for Change, please consult our “Write for Us” link.
I do hope Clamoring for Change will one day return to its original goal of providing a virtual space where people can ENGAGE in transformative civil discourse. If you are willing to add your voice to the cohort of contributors needed to fulfill our original goal or if you have any suggestions regarding how best to achieve that original goal, please feel free to contact us.
Thank you for visiting and for your interest not only in demanding change but also in experiencing change. Experiencing change is far more difficult than demanding change.
May we all be willing to experience the changes necessary to bring about meaningful transformative social changes needed in our world today.