You Have to Change the Way That People See Themselves Before You Can Change Their Behaviour

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Bill Strickland, social innovator

Bill Strickland, social innovator

Short post because there’s a 35 minute video from TED.com called Rebuilding America: One Slide Show at a Time, which I wanted to share. It is a very beautiful and inspiring talk, with some very funny moments, by social innovator Bill Strickland. He is gently accompanied by Herbie Hancock on piano. The talk is about Bill’s work and incredible journey from an at-risk youth to 1996 MacArthur “Genius” grant recipient from what he has done for other people, especially in Pittsburgh’s inner city neighbourhoods. It shares his breadth of vision, his amazing social networking skills and, most importantly, the life philosophies that got him here.

There are lots about how he lives life, views society and treats people, like the headline of this post.

You have to change the way that people see themselves before you can change their behaviour.

Take note, self, and all government policy makers and regulators, whose job it is to try and change people’s behaviour en masse.

The talk and stories within are all presented at a very “street level”, no nonsense involved, straight to the point, but so eye and heart opening, touching and warming from the differences he has made in the lives of people and they in his.

Enjoy!