In order to effect change, it seems we need 5 crucial steps:
Be willing to See and acknowledge the issue we need to change;
Decide you are in fact going to Do something about it;
Connect with others to gain support, new ideas and collective clout;
Find ways to Sustain your own energies to ensure you don't burn out;
and use your experience and energy to Inspire others to take action
so we make the change become exponential.
On that basis, we asked Ruby, 21, - who has spent the last two years volunteering in Greece, Calais and the Lebanon in refugee camps - these 5 questions:
1 What issue do you see or come across that awakens the creative disruptor in you, and why does it matter to you the way it does?
Refugees. Because they are just humans.
2 What action are you actually taking to tackle this, and how do you feel about what you do?
Volunteering. It's the way I can help most. It's a way I can show I am not my government.
3 How important do you think it is to reach out to and work with others as you work for this change, and how do you do it?
Just as important as the work itself. Facebook posts, talking to children, just making sure people don't forget.
4 How do you keep that fire in your belly alight without it causing you to burn out? How do you sustain your energies and look after you, and crucially, what's your advice to others?
The fire will always be alight in my tummy. I'll get back to you on the other part.
5 Positive change is contagious. Sometimes all that's needed for someone to take action is to see someone else doing something about it. So ... how do you use your experience to inspire others?
And finally ... if someone came up to you in a pub or a cafe and said they were fed up/enfuriated/anxious about something they felt was wrong or needed to change...what would you say?
Change it then.
(Short and categorically to the point. No messin'. Ed. )