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