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Day 2 – Change Isn’t Built In A Day

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26th February

The power of small wins is something many of us have witnessed. When taking over a leadership role, inspiring change or introducing something new, the probability of acceptance is much higher if you begin to build trust through small gestures or events that show results – so the group can see a win. While it may be tempting to mandate change and address everything at once, this approach is not likely to build belief that the change is good or that it can or should be continually implemented by the team, so it will likely not stick once the leader or change agent is not close to the situation. For anything to be sustainable, it must be owned and able to be duplicated by those closest to the work.

It’s no different in the African villages we are currently visiting with Global … Read More »


Coaching Is Key

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25th February

We have embarked on our second journey to Ethiopia with Global Hope Network International (GHNI). After we made sure our beds and clothing were sprayed down for bugs, we dug right in with the GHNI team to learn more about the progress since our last visit.

Many specialists come in and out of these villages. They make substantial improvements by giving wells, schools and more. These improvements are fantastic and help to give the villages the push they need to discover that positive change can happen.  But what’s really needed is an generalist organizing mentality to help the village take its resources and develop long term sustaining behaviors that make the most out of these investments. That’s where the GHNI team comes into play. While these specialists come in and out of the villages, the GHNI team stays.

GHNI volunteers act as … Read More »


Changers Of Commerce – Meeting For Change

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9th December

While attending TDN2K’s recent Global Best Practices Conference, Changers of Commerce took an extra half-day to meet and share. Jeff Klein, an executive team member of Conscious Capitalism, Inc. (http://www.consciouscapitalism.org/) and CEO of Working For Good, spoke with us about what it means to be a part of Conscious Capitalism. It’s about working to give people a good and sustainable life. Capitalism began with the first seed savers (as a farmer’s daughter, I found this point quite interesting). When humans realized that they could save seeds from vegetation and plant them, trading food for other resources, capitalism began. It is the most successful form of global participation and benefits all of us. At its core, it’s about connecting one another and developing specialties that can serve the world. We need to hold this concept up to survive, propagate and flourish. … Read More »


Will You Be A Voice for the 16.1 Million Voiceless?

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16th September

Next week, during Dine Out For No Kid Hungry, we have an opportunity to truly be the change – an opportunity to use our collective “Klout,” “Kred,” Reach, and Influence to give a voice to the 16.1 million children in America who are hungry.

In 2011, the Dine Out for No Kid Hungry raised over 2.4 million dollars with the online assistance of over 2,000 members of Team No Kid Hungry.  We sent out over 10,000 Tweets encouraging friends, family, and complete strangers to dine out at one of the 5,000 participating restaurants. This year with over 8,000 participating restaurants – we’re going to need more than 10,000 tweets and 93 million impressions – in fact, we’re going to need double that!

It’s a big goal, and not only are we going to do it – we’re going to have some fun along the … Read More »


How a simple scarf can change a life.

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21st August

Turns out that no matter how far you travel, you discover that human beings have a lot more in common than different. We need the same basic things; food, shelter, water (hopefully clean water) . We must find ways to take care of ourselves, and we want to take care of our families and children. It seems that the need for human touch and community is also strong.

This past July, on a Changers of Commerce trip to Ethiopia, we spent some time in an Elder Center in Dire Dawa, one of the poorest cities, in one of the poorest countries in the world. Here each day, the senior citizens of Dire Dawa would gather – for some time together, a lesson from the center director, and a meal – if you call a bag of ramen noodles and a piece … Read More »


Donation Drive Milestones: Giveaways and Wild & Crazy Acts of Awesomeness

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21st August

Today we’re doing a donation drive for the villages of Magaladhi and Garmaam that we adopted this summer during our Changers of Commerce trip with GHNI to Ethiopia to learn about their Transformational Community Development work in some of the world’s poorest villages.

Our goal is to raise $10,000 to help the villages complete their water projects and continue to elevate themselves to better lives, build sustainable agriculture and income, and to support the work our GHNI brothers, Jeff, Alemayu, Zerihun and Lemi are doing on a daily basis to help create this sustainability.

Read more about the villages, their needs, TCD projects and  WHY we are investing in them HERE

Track where we are with our goal and contribute HERE!

As a Thank you for participating in our Donation Drive we have Give Aways and  wild and crazy acts of awesomeness we’ll be … Read More »


Why we’re investing in these Ethiopian Villages

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21st August

Help us raise $10,000 for these villages today.

Track where we are with our goal and contribute HERE!

Donation Drive Milestones: Giveaways and Wild & Crazy Acts of Awesomeness.

As many of you may know earlier this summer a group of us from Changers of Commerce took a powerful trip to Ethiopia, while we were there we blogged about our experience.

The host of our trip was our dear friend Jeff Power who works with Global Hope Network International, an organization that does Transformational Community Development in some of the poorest villages in the world, helping them to become sustainable on their own. The community development work GHNI does is highly aligned with the principles we demonstrate, advocate and teach as Changers of Commerce.

We spent time with the leaders, people, and children of the villages of Magaladhi and Garmaam and the leaders from GHNI’s in-country … Read More »


BTC Ethiopia: Day 9 – Be The Change

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10th July

We had our last Ethiopian breakfast gathering (for now of course), got a positive update on Ibrahim, discussed our individual travel plans, extended many thanks and hugs, then Kat and Zerihun headed for the airport while the others would follow a few hours later. Since there was a 9+ hour layover for most and Kat had to stay the night back in Addis Ababa due to her flight out being a day later, we agreed to reconvene in Addis at the Sheraton. By all metrics, the Sheraton Addis is a very nice hotel. Well-guarded, beautifully-built, vast, a bit expensive, and incredibly relaxing; it’s one of the few preferred hotels of frequent international travelers and diplomats in Addis Ababa.

Kat checked in and awaited the team’s arrival; we all met at the restaurant by the pool, marveling at how with just an … Read More »


BTC Ethiopia: Day 8 – Local team went to Red Cross to give blood to donate to Ibrahim the rest of us fed the elderly homeless

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10th July

While we waited on news of the blood transfusion, some of us went to the market to get supplies, while others stayed back and talked to the woman who makes scarves and work out logistics of buying from her to sell in the US – buying & selling with a purpose.

We spent the morning engaging with and feeding the elderly homeless. Some of us even sang for them.

The President of the Ministry of Women and Health gave us a certificate for our work, and after giving the small donation for start-up inventory, we walked back to the compound.

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We found out the local GHNI team had given blood, because there was none available that matched Ibrahim. It worked, and a few hours later, we were at the hospital, watching him get his blood transfusion and seeing the joy on he and … Read More »


BTC Ethiopia: Day 7 – Elderly homeless center training visit, change in plans, and how brotherhood saved a man’s life

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10th July

When on the phone discussing our trip plans months ago, the GHNI team shared that there was a local elderly homeless center in Dire Dawa, near our compound that we would visit, see what work is being done to address this often neglected part of a community, and help serve and feed them at one of the meal times. We discussed how our model is ‘trade not aid’, ‘hand up, not a hand out’, and how important it was for centers like this to not just be feeding kitchens, but skill training centers so that they could sustain themselves, not rely on external aide, and work to elevate living standards of it’s visitors by providing a source of work and income.

There are only a few businesses you can start in an area and situation like this with the standards that … Read More »



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Day 2 – Change Isn’t Built In A Day

The power of small wins is something many of us have witnessed. When taking over a leadership role, inspiring change or introducing something new, the...

Coaching Is Key

We have embarked on our second journey to Ethiopia with Global Hope Network International (GHNI). After we made sure our beds and clothing were...

Changers Of Commerce – Meeting For Change

While attending TDN2K’s recent Global Best Practices Conference, Changers of Commerce took an extra half-day to meet and share. Jeff Klein, an executive team...