Do you feel like making an impact on the world is part of your reason for being on the planet? Have you ever wondered what one person can do to create real, long-lasting social change?

When I was a kid, I wondered — how can I — or any person for that matter — create social change? We grow up with stories of amazing people at the forefront of changing the world. I wanted to know how they did it — and what I could learn from them.

Of course, as I got older, I learned how complicated this question…

When I was a teenager, “leaders” were mythic superheros of a sort. Queens. Presidents. People larger-than-life. They represented to me the unattainable. They seemed to possess such a high level of skill in so many areas that it would take a normal person, someone like myself, two hundred years of staunch dedication to mastering those skills to come close.

I believed, as I think many do, that becoming a leader happened in one giant, cinematic, epic moment. …

It’s time to change the world.

The three ‘T’s of philanthropy: Time, Talent, and Treasure, have made their rounds for the past decade. As the public continues to recover from scandals of a few naughty nonprofiteers over the years, there’s still an uneasiness about giving and contributing to anything that isn’t a direct need — food to feed the homeless one day to the next, books placed in the hands of children, etc. — in other words, charity.

Charity vs. Systemic Change

For those unfamiliar with the terminology, charity in this case refers to day to day and direct services. Charity is the first…

Amber Melanie Smith

Founder / Executive Director / Speaker / YouTuber I believe everybody is a secret superhero with the power to change the world.

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