What Social Change Leaders Can Learn From COVID-19

Uncategorized Mar 26, 2020

Shared leadership ... is less like an orchestra where the conductor is always in charge, and more like a jazz band, we're leadership is passed around … depending on what the music demands at the moment and who feels moved by the spirit to express the music.

- Philip Schlechty

More information can be found at https://www.socialchangeleaders.net/episode/028

We are absorbing a lot of news and information about COVID-19 on TV, in our social media feeds, from papers and magazines, in our emails and from our friends and family.  On today’s episode, Traci shares some positive stories you may or may not have heard about and consider what lessons may be in these stories for social change leaders about how to bring ideas, creativity, innovation and leadership to your work.  

Traci has over 25 years working with communities in the United States and abroad, specifically working within nonprofits and government in the areas of innovation, collaboration, learning and systemic change. In this episode, Traci will share how social change leaders should:

  1. Bend the rules and rebel sometimes: Listen to several stories about doctors on the front lines of battling the COVID-19 pandemic and how they pushed against rules in order to benefit the greater good.
  2. Build civic culture and engagement: The need for citizens to engage with civic and political leaders is important and public policy right now matters.  In times like this, our civic and democratic health matter.  
  3. Keep a sense of humor, even during hard times: Stories, videos, memes are popping up each day to help bring some humor during these times and relief.
  4. Collaborate, partner and enlist others:  Listen to some examples of innovation happening to address this pandemic and understand the importance of partnering between and among public, private and nonprofit sectors.  Global cooperation and work together has been incredible.

In this episode, we referenced:

  • Story about Dr. Helen Chu - here
  • Story about social isolation modeling - here
  • Story about ventilator innovation - here

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