Archive for December 2010
Recently I read a book called Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard. In it there was a story about a man named Jerry Sternin, who came to Vietnam in 1990 as a volunteer for Save the Children to fight against malnutrition. His Vietnamese was nonexistent and so was his budget. The government didn’t really care and the uneducated villagers were expectedly backwards. Yet in 6 months his work impacted over 2.2 million people in 265 villages. It was a runaway success. Jerry later cofounded Positive Deviance Initiative, which systematically applied his approach to over 41 countries around the world, in areas such as health, education and business.
Stories like this reaffirm my belief that change is possible and you don’t need much to cause that change.