A Startup: The Best Vehicle For Changing The World

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In an age of political activism, we might have forgotten that the ingenuity and grit of individuals is what pushes the world in a positive direction.
In an age of political activism, we might have forgotten that the ingenuity and grit of individuals ... [+] is what pushes the world in a positive direction. getty

Arguably the most important shift in attitude that has taken roots in our social consciousness in the first two decades of the 21st century is the realization that we as humans are shepherds of this planet. It is up to us to preserve it and sustain it for future generations and all of its inhabitants – human or otherwise.

Naturally, bearing this profound realization and seeing the malfunctions of many of our institutions, many young people are growing up with the wish to make an impact– to change the world for the better.

However, while the standard way to exercise this wish is to become an activist, it certainly isn't the most effective way to enact change. Activism raises awareness of an issue, but often it relies on the very institutions that have created or perpetuated the problems to make a meaningful change, and this is unlikely to happen as these institutions are in a game-theoretic equilibrium. Change is likely to happen only after disruption from an outside force.

Gandhi famously said "Be the change that you wish to see in the world." While taking personal responsibility for your behavior is a fundamental prerequisite of change,…
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