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Are you a spark or an accelerant?

The spread of civilisation may be likened to a fire; First, a feeble spark, next a flickering flame, then a mighty blaze, ever increasing in speed and power. – Nikola Tesla.
 
Are you a spark or an accelerant? 
 
Sparks bring ideas for change.  They start conversations, activity and change.  When a spark connects you get a small fragile fire.  Life is full of sparks.
 
The vast majority of small sparks disappear without starting a fire.  The vast majority of small fires die out.
 
Add an accelerant to a small spark and it will grow, catch-on and spread.  Sustainable change needs an accelerant to push change beyond the initial small start. 
 
Accelerants play a number of roles:
  • Spreading change: community managers, connectors & networkers
  • Advocating change: leaders, great marketers, advocates & storytellers
  • Completing change: designers, developers, entrepreneurs & implementers of change
  • Enabling change: change managers, capability builders & effective sales people

We need more accelerants to drive our changes to widespread sustainability.

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. – Albert Schweitzer

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