Monday, 08 April 2013

Compost: free to a good home

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Last weekend in the cold I visited a local market.  The lady running one of the stalls had been standing in the cold for hours.  Despite this she gave us a warm smile and shared her vision: A community owned car that could be used in a pay-as-you-go way. A car that will bring people together.

The weekend before I posted on Twitter: “Compost: free to a good home”. I hoped that somewould would make good use of it.  Who knows maybe it’ll lead to a new friendship.

The lady in the cold and I have one thing in common; we understand that we have influence.  Influence to persuade others.  Influence to bring people together.

Everybody has influence. Sometimes it’s intentional, sometimes it’s not. Some times it’s used for good, other times it’s not.

Influence always starts small. Normally with the realisation that we have the ability to change things – the ability to make a community a bit stronger.

What are you doing with your influence? 

Next time your train is delayed, strike up that conversation with that oh-so-familiar face that’s been getting the same train as you for the last 18 months. Go on, I dare you.

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