These are the real people who empower others and take them out of poverty. Poverty most often comes from a history of colonial oppression, subsequent state neglect and current global capitalist marginalization. It is essentially a state of imposed powerlessness.
Change agents for empowerment have a vision of what can be and of the inner dignity and potential of all. They display caring, a will to use innovation and advocacy. They are team mobilizers and involve other volunteers as well as corporate partners.
What can each of us do to become a change agent. Are we prepared to develop these qualities? Where are we?
See how one of Jamaica’s young change agent is making a difference: