When you view problems like Climate Action, Supply Chain Disruptions, or Racial Inequalities systemically, the lines between organizations blur. When it takes everyone to solve the problem, it’s not unusual to find people shifting from working at a business, to a nonprofit, or government agency, and back throughout their career.
The Meaningful Impact Hub views all organizations as potential pathways to create positive change and solve our shared community problems. Any big, messy problem that drives you to action can be solved through meaningful work at one of the pathways on this page, and others.
Not all meaningful work makes money, but all opportunities will help you gain experience, grow yourself personally, and help you find your place in the world. Focus on the journey, but understand that no organization is perfect. The world of work needs to change as well.
Changing the World of Work
Work tends to lose all meaning in the face of micromanagers or stifling organizational hierarchies that kill innovation. You may join an organization to support Climate Action or Quality Education for all, but encounter outdated policies, unsafe working conditions, unrealistic expectations, or an overwhelming fear of technology and new ideas.
Be open-minded about your options in terms of organization types, learn how to identify common barriers to change, and build your technology and innovation toolbox to create the change you want to see in the world. Every potential path has pros and cons. Our goal is to provide the information you need to make informed decisions about the life path. Here at the Meaningful Impact Hub, we don’t sugarcoat reality.
You may more failures than successes, but those little wins make a life of impact worth living. Build a strong understanding of why you do what you do to keep going during hard times. We never said changing the world was easy. Only that change is the only way forward. So find your path.
Learn about potential pathways to make change. Decide who you would want to work for immediately, and what would have to change for you to be willing to work for different organizations. Depending on your goals, you can join an existing organization or create what does not yet exist.
Need for Change
Not every organization suffers from the problems listed in this section, but the topics are common enough that you have probably encountered them in the past. Or right now. How would you do things differently?
Use these innovation examples to start brainstorming how you would do things differently. What does it take to create change?