The New Operating System For Our Changemaker World

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The world is undergoing a dramatic evolution from old, industrialized societies to modern, change-based systems. We need a dramatic global recalibration to this new environment, complete with a new operating system for living and working together. 

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Here we can look to social entrepreneurs, society’s corrective force, for the framework needed to navigate this new strategic landscape.

First, empathy is crucial when rules can’t possibly keep pace with the speed and complexity of change. Empathy-based ethics is now the cornerstone for our everyday dealings.

Second, the capacity to tear down walls and form a team of teams around any complex problem or opportunity is a requisite skill going forward.

Third, new leadership requires every player on the team be an initiator. Each person has to see the big picture and advance solutions that contribute to positive social outcomes.

Finally, everyone today must be a skilled and practiced changemaker, committed to freely and effectively innovating together toward the good of all.

Henry De Sio is pioneering Ashoka's framework change efforts aimed at facilitating the global societal shift to Everyone A Changemaker™ – with a specific emphasis on preparing our youth to step confidently as innovators and leaders into today’s fast-changing world. Previously, De Sio served as deputy assistant to President Barack Obama and he was the 2008 Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Obama for America. Henry has spent more than a decade teaching, writing, and speaking on the leadership principles that drive individual and organizational achievement. He is the author of Campaign Inc.: How Leadership and Organization Propelled Barack Obama to the White House (University of Iowa Press).

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