Changing the World
I love Peter Drucker and a couple of his thoughts in particular. "One cannot manage change. One can only be ahead of it." And "The only thing we know about the future is that it will be different."
Howard Gardner in Five Minds for the Future talks about how we must not only develop expertise in one specific area of study or endeavor, but how we must also extend horizontally into other fields to create something new of value to the world. Some would call that divergent thinking.
I also remember a sermon I heard on the radio out of Chicago years ago that actually turns out to be a quote from the Dalai Lama. Paraphrased it goes along the lines of:
"Think you can't change the world? Impact your country.
Think you can't change your country for the better, try something at the state level.
If you want your state to be better, make a difference in your region.
If you want to improve your region, do something in your community.
Desire improvements in your community, start in your church.
Want your church to do more, start with your family.
If you want your family to improve, then start with yourself.
If you change yourself, you HAVE changed the world."