“I have some very good news-and some really bad news. The good news first. God seems to be at work not only through people of faith but also people of compassion who are bringing welcome change to our world in what some are calling an “innovation revolution.” In the last ten years there has been a veritable explosion of new forms of social innovations, like the Cold Hub, all over the planet.
The good news just gets better. Much of this new changemaking celebration is being led by young innovators from Gen Y (those born between 1981 and 1997) and Gen Z (those born between 1998 and 2014). Since Gen Y and Gen Z are the first digital generations, they seem to be more aware of the daunting social, economic, and environmental challenges facing our world. Most importantly, a surprising number of them are determined to do something about it. Even though research also shows that some in Gen Y and Gen Z do feel more entitled, I want to join, support, and learn from those who want to use their lives to have an impact on the lives of others.
I think what we are witnessing, however, is a changemaking celebration more than an “innovation revolution.” I suspect you will also celebrate the sense of satisfaction and significance changemakers often seem to experience as they create and discover in ways that make a real difference in the lives of others. I believe the Spirit of God may well be using the lives of these young social innovators, who are largely outside the church, to entice and challenge those of us in the churches to become much more a part of this
remarkable new movement that is making such a difference in the lives of our most vulnerable neighbors. Why would any follower of the servant Jesus want to settle for less and miss the best discovering how God can more fully use our lives to make a little difference in our troubled world?”
Here are some pictures of the changemaking that young innovators are doing through Same Thread, a social enterprise to employ women in Northern Thailand so they they won’t need to join the sex trade. You can join this part of the celebration by shopping at Same Thread and helping to get the word out there!