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So you want to change the world: Here’s one central way to think differently (it’s got little to do with bamboo)

So you want to change the world: Here’s one central way to think differently (it’s got little to do with bamboo)

People who change the world think differently. It boils down to this: Trade-offs. Two very abstract words. Let me explain. People who do something that’s different to the mainstream – and dedicating yourself fully to making a positive difference in the world is still far from the mainstream, sadly – tend to have a strong imagination. For them, “the world that could be” is as real as “the world that...

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What a weird kind of bamboo can teach you about making a difference

What a weird kind of bamboo can teach you about making a difference

There’s this special sort of bamboo. If you want to grow it, you need to pick a place, sow the bamboo seeds, and then water it every day for three years, in which nothing happens. Three goddamn years. Then, when the time has come, the bamboo grows, but boy, does it grow. About 1 meter per day. One meter per day! What happened in those three years? The bamboo prepared. It grew an extensive network of roots, gathering all the resources to...

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What To Do When The Enormity Of The World’s Problems Paralyzes You.

What To Do When The Enormity Of The World’s Problems Paralyzes You.

The solution to it boils down to this: You need to strengthen your ability to withstand tension. Think of it like this: You're in a dark room. All the beauty of the world, all the positive impact you can have, is behind a door. But opening this door is really hard. Even trying to open it an inch is like lifting 10 times your weight. And it's emotionally hard. Every time you touch the door, you feel this huge sadness and desperation sweeping over you, like one of the big waves on a stormy western coast. And then another. And another.

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How to follow your Heart (Hint: You Still need your Brain)

There’s this myth going around through the many inspirational quotes posted on Facebook, that if you just listen to your inner voice, listen to your heart, it will tell you the answer to all the questions you have. What outfit to wear, which partner to choose, what to study, which job to take, or the place of the hidden treasure of Captain Crossbow. And you’ll be happy ever after. While there certainly is some truth to that,...

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Why the fact that you’re struggling is actually a good sign

Why the fact that you’re struggling is actually a good sign

As a kid I hated the struggle. I remember how I had to be forced to practice the piano after 2 or 3 years of playing, when my initial motivation had worn off. Now, it’s a completely different story. I’m kind of excited when I’m struggling, when things don’t go smoothly. Now it means to me: Oh great, I’m right before a breakthrough. And I get this excitement like a kid, just about to open a christmas...

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Debunking Changemaking Myths – Part 1: Human Rights

Don’t get me wrong. I think it’s a good thing that some kind of international agreement about human rights is in place. And the work that organizations like Amnesty International are doing in saving lives is really important. It’s good that you can go to court for human rights. Somewhere. I don’t really know where. I’m not an expert on those kinds of things. Because I think there’s stuff out there that’s...

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The one insight that will crush your fear of getting started

It’s this: Everything you do is also preparation for what you do next. When I left University in early 2010, I started giving workshops in relationship skills and conflict management (after spending two years being trained as a a trainer for this, so I didn’t just wing it). I had some minor successes, led some great workshops and some shitty ones. I left people touched, inspired and changed, but I failed miserably in making a living...

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How to almost triple your Facebook-Likes in 30 days (ethically)

How to almost triple your Facebook-Likes in 30 days (ethically)

I could write this as a long, drawn out article but it is actually pretty simple. In October 12 we did 2 things. 1) Create a contest people care about (in our case, a design contest for bottles that make the world a better place.) 2) Have a small entrance fee. In our case: People can only vote for designs when they like the soulbottles Facebook-Page. (We paid for an app that does that.) Having a design contest also proved to be a genius hook for...

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If you want to change the world, stop being a Changemaker

After years of being practically bombarded with it, I believe the word “changemaker” is kind of off. Being one, I believe: change isn’t “made”. It is inspired. Real, lasting change comes from within people. It’s the old “you can lead a horse to the water, but you can’t force it to drink”. Imagine this: There is a cliff, a high, dangerous cliff, with rocks and intimidating waves at the bottom...

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Why Facebook isn’t crap – a 30 day challenge.

Last weekend, I was bored and did what every bored twentysomething does on a weekend – I opened Facebook. For the fifth time that day. Ahem. But against popular belief, Facebook (at least MY Facebook, I say condescendingly) isn’t full of crap: I stumbled upon a post of fellow young German-speaking Startup-Founder Leo Widrich, linking to a 30 minute interview of Seth Godin. I listened to it. I was changed. There were a lot of gems...

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Hi, I'm Georg, founder of the social businesses soulbottles and soulwater.
In here I share my experiences and try to teach you what I wished I'd known earlier about changing the world for the better.

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