09 Aug

Everyone Has a Voice

The river cruise is a place where I met a lot of awesome people. You could say they were also a captive audience since avoiding the lady with the whiteboard and markers was hard to do without going overboard!

Towards the end of the cruise is when I met Marjorie. Marjorie’s change is for “Everyone to Have a Voice.” IMG_9159

I would like to take Marjorie’s change a step further and say Everyone Should Also Be Heard.

We all have a voice, an opinion or thought but many of us are afraid to use our voice to speak up or speak out. One of the purposes of the Triigo Project is to give a voice to everyone – to hear each person’s thought on the subject.

So why does your voice matter?

When we speak up, we are giving our thoughts on a subject. We are telling others what we believe, what we feel, what we imagine. Our voice is a projection of us as individuals.

We can keep quiet but we need to speak up, particularly when it will help others. Bell Let’s talk is a perfect example of ways we can use our collective voices to help others; to talk about mental illness and remove it’s stigma.

We also need to give a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves be it due to age, location, sex, illness or other limitations. By using our voice to support their issues, we give them a voice. By using our voice to talk about issues, we can work together to find solutions or to look at issues from new perspectives.

Our voice is powerful. And, when we add it to others, it becomes an unstoppable force.




08 Aug

I Need to Be The Change in The World

IMG_9176Outside the Arlene Schnitzer Theatre, I met the man with the perfect answer to my question.

What is the perfect answer to the question “What is the Change you Want to See in the World?”

Well Rodrigo summed it up nicely with his statement “I Need to Be the Change in the World.”

Each of us has the ability to effect change. We should all strive to be the change we want to see in the world.  Each step forward towards our goal is a step towards change. Each action creates a reaction. Each ripple can create a wave.

When Rodrigo states that he needs to be the change, he is taking ownership of his own responsibility to make things happen.

Think about the change you would like to see in the world, or even in your own backyard. What can you do NOW to start making it happen? What small, imperfect step will lead towards your goal?

Now apply this to every aspect of life. If you want to end hunger globally, perhaps your first step would be to donate food to or volunteer at a local food bank. Or maybe you start a garden to learn how to grow food. Or perhaps you make adjustments in your own household to reduce food waste. Maybe you simply read a book or articles to educate yourself on food issues. None of these actions will immediately solve the hunger issue but they are a step in the right direction. You are moving forward.

You can be the change you want to be in the world. Go Rodrigo and be the change!

07 Aug

Girls Education

I met Karen Taylor during the Portland Experience photo walk. Karen sees Girls Education as a needed change in the world and I couldn’t agree more! IMG_9080

In some countries, girls withdraw from school early due to a variety of reasons that may involve puberty, a need to help in the household, marriage, children and other reasons.

In first world countries, teen pregnancy or mental health may cause girls to leave school.

We also need to improve access to education everywhere to empower women in every society. These women will then go on to innovate and create change throughout their communities; they will create jobs and have an improved standing of living.

Female education was also discussed as a way to encourage female entrepreneurs to not only launch entrepreneurial pursuits but to also scale their businesses on par or in excess of their male counterparts.

Karen, thank you for sharing. Change in Girls education is needed everywhere.


06 Aug

More Nice People

When I started this project, I wasn’t quite sure where it would go. To start with, I am going to post one picture a day and talk a bit about the answer.

In the last post, our random roller derby gentlemen thought education was the change they wanted to see in the world. The answer was quick and unanimous from both. Thank you for taking part in my project.IMG_9170

Next up, Sean Harry, a volunteer at WDS, wants to see More Nice People.

I completely agree! We need more nice people like Sean and all the WDS attendees!

Let’s all take time to give a shout out to the nice people in our lives today!