Even the largest changes in human societies arose from a small conversation. Somebody had an idea, they talked about it, and then things happened – social, technological, economic or even environmental. Huge changes often begin with a fleeting thought, a shift in how someone sees things, a passing remark, or simply serendipity.
So A Million Small Conversations asks, what does it take to connect random small sparks of good ideas, to achieve positive and sustainable change? What are the challenges, where are the successes? Your views on these questions are warmly welcomed…..
The Observer today (4 September 2011) asks How do we make our schools fit to face the 21st century? This is a massive question, then broken down into sub-set questions; and once again we learn the expert view is that the answer is, ‘incrementally’. How, asks Yvonne Roberts, can more schools to be imaginative, and teachers ’liberated’. What’s the key to this sort of change?
There are few more intimate discussions than that about whether to have a child; and few more momentous outcomes for individuals than when this question is not considered, and the baby arrives anyway. So why is this such a difficult issue? Almost half of conceptions are unexpected, or even actively unwanted. Yet knowledge about how to avoid pregnancy is easily available.