What is a Changemaker?

Changemaker (n) – A term coined by the social entrepreneurship organization, Ashoka, meaning one who desires change in the world and, by gathering knowledge and resources, makes that change happen.

The term changemaker is simple to understand, just from the words it’s made from. In fact, I can guess that in coming to this page, you’re wondering two main things: what kind of “change” does the term refer to, and what makes changemakers different from others.

So, what kind of change do changemakers seek? For the most part, the only change that really matters: social change, or any other kind of change can help people. Changemakers can be described as social entrepreneurs, activists, or any other number of titles, but there really is not decent description aside from Ashoka’s new word. Changemakers share the same basic motives as business entrepreneurs: achieving a change that will not only help the state of man, but reach as many people as possible.

There is one main difference between changemakers and the rest of the world. Most people desire change; many know what they would like to see different in the world, and some even know how it could be done best. There is a higher class of people who act to see their change happen; many of these fail. However, this is where changemakers differ: they make their change happen. Using a combination of knowledge, resources, and determination, they push through until their dream becomes truth, and then push some more. Changemakers are the force of social evolution; everyone can become one, and everyone should.

This blog seeks to do to things: one, offer some small insight into the spiritual and personal life of a hopeful future changemaker; and two, more importantly, provide the tools and knowledge required for changemakers accomplish their noble goals. Observations is a gathering place for changemakers to learn, share, and grow. I hope to engender genuine discussion among readers and fellow changemakers; please read, comment, and enjoy!

Good luck, and may your Change be known!

4 Responses to “What is a Changemaker?”

  1. Fight June 12, 2016 at 11:37 am #

    Hmm it appears like your website ate my first comment (it was super long) so
    I guess I’ll just sum it up what I submitted and say,
    I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I as well am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to everything.
    Do you have any tips and hints for first-time blog writers?
    I’d certainly appreciate it.

    • Benjamin June 15, 2016 at 11:39 pm #

      Hey, Mike! Thanks for the comment—I don’t get many, so it means a lot to me!

      Unfortunately, I haven’t added much to this blog for a few years. Honestly, that’s a mistake; even if I didn’t feel like many people were reading my content, writing these helped me to solidify my thoughts. Even if Observations became more of a journal than a newsletter, it was still worth it.

      I suppose that leads to the only real advice I’m qualified to give: don’t stop. Your blog may be read by others, but it’s for you. Enjoy it, revel in it, and just keep writing. Make this about you, and it won’t matter if your blog doesn’t get much traffic for a while. (Although, I did dabble a bit in SEO for a while; that’s why “What is a Changemaker?” is the post with the highest traffic. If you want to learn more about that, let me know, though I’m not sure I’ll have much to offer.)

      I took a quick look at MikeFight.com, and I’m already interested—I did Tae Kwon Do for twelve years, and have always enjoyed martial arts. I’ve emailed its URL to myself, and I’ll be reading up when I can! (Might be a bit; I’m getting married next Saturday!)

      Thank you for your comment, and best of luck!

  2. Duke July 31, 2016 at 5:50 am #


    I’m sure you are aware Hillary is using it as a slogan.
    You ought to see if you could sell it to them … for allot of $$!


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