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Small Acts of Change Rebellion



If I have anything to say about it, the Change Rebellion will reflect the best the Change Management profession has to offer; inclusion, intelligence, respect, kindness and commitment to good practices.

Molotov cocktails, angry mobs and ski-masks are not part of the plan. It’s not that kind of rebellion.

The reactions, comments and conversations of the past few weeks have been overwhelmingly positive and inspiring. Every day, more people are ‘signing up’, throwing in their support and words of encouragement.

All that support and enthusiasm makes me even more committed to the cause of Better Change and I am working with some fellow rebels (incognito for now) to put together a Change Rebel Resource Kit over the next few weeks. We’ll Work-Out-Loud on this, so you’ll get your chance to add to the idea and tell us what you think soon.

Perhaps you could do with some inspiration right now, happy to help in that department of course, but a disclaimer is in order.

Even small acts of rebellion can feel uncomfortable. After all, you are intentionally choosing to stand out, to challenge expectations, to be different. It’s supposed to feel that way so go ahead and challenge yourself and the status quo, but be smart and know your limits. The last thing you want is to cause a panic and get trampled.

What you do want is to carefully draw in aspiring rebels by providing intriguing ideas. Then let them convert themselves to your cause of choice by showing them how much fun it can be to do things in a different way and become an explorer of opportunities again. You’ll be amazed at how far you can get before people even think to try and stop you!

Until that time, and also to underline that this rebellion is about respecting what’s useful and good while challenging what’s not, here’s some acts of Change Rebellion to choose from, ranging from “Give it a go" to “Harriet Tubman is my bestie”:


Will this change the world? No. But that’s not the point.

Changing the world is a long-term game and takes a whole bunch of people. You’re just sending a message that invites others to challenge the default settings of how things get done.

It might be small, but it’s a start.


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