After reading the assigned readings this week I did not know what I was going to blog about. The material just didn’t connect with me like it had in the past. Although the Titanistad article was interesting it just didn’t have a deep impact on my thinking. So when I went through my notes to really decide what I would blog about I found what I had written about a paradigm shift.
A paradigm shift is a theory that any one person can change the world. You don’t have to be a big and powerful person to make changes for what you believe in.
In order to create a paradigm shift it requires collective reimagining goals, structures, rules and behaviors.
The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, is currently creating his own paradigm shift in India. Before he became Prime Minister India had a very bad trash problem. People would just throw their trash outside wherever they were. Modi started to fix this problem originally in his own state. He was successful in cleaning up his state and once he became Prime Minister he said he would clean up all of India.
He asked his people to make a change, beginning with themselves, their families, neighborhoods, workplaces and villages. He got all kinds of people to help clean the streets of India. And although he knows that change does not happen overnight he is dedicated to cleaning up India and making it one of the world’s cleanest countries.
PM Modi really inspired me because he is truly creating his own paradigm shift. It proves that anyone can create a paradigm shift within themselves or their small community. Although most people cannot get the attention of the whole country like the Prime Minister we can definitely do things within our group of friends or within our families to inspire change.
Something I can implement within my family at home is to be better about recycling. We are not very good about this and we need to be. I can show my family how easy it would be to recycle our household items and then we can tell others how easy it really is.
Other changes I can implement for myself would be ALWAYS bringing my own bags to the grocery store. I often forgot my bags and therefore have to use plastic bags, but when I do use plastic bags I always use them multiple ways so that I am not just throwing them away but not using any would be more sustainable.
So just remember…it doesn’t take just the Prime Minister of India, or the President of the United States to change the world…it could be anyone.