Ah Ha Moments To Inspire the Next Generation of Change Makers
We’ve all been frustrated with the way things are, and I hope I’m not the first to tell you that you have the power to do something about it. You have an alternative to working for “the man”, being a cog in the machine, grinding, hustling, the day-to-day struggle. You can use your passions to build a social mechanism that makes a difference.
Just BE Cause is a collection of stories, anecdotes, and wisdom from community leaders, innovators, leverage experts, executive directors and CEOs. The book breaks down Social Entrepreneurship – providing definitions, examples, and history, – and ultimately advises Gen Y on how to use our unique values and ideology to create social change and spread the world’s wealth while doing it. Ideally, those who read it will use the gems to help them start their own socially-motivated entrepreneurial enterprise.
“Social entrepreneurs are not content just to give a fish or teach how to fish. They will not rest until they have revolutionized the fishing industry.” ― Bill Drayton
"People want to work on a product or service that they love and respect." ― Nancy Lublin
by Syreeta Gates
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“If you are looking for a step-by-step guide on social enterprise, from having that first “ah ha!” moment to establishing your project, Just BE Cause: Ah Ha Moments to Inspire the Next Generation of Change Makers/ is a great place to start.”
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“In the verge of the “Millennial Take-Over” of the entrepreneurship world, this book provides great inspiration for those who are still struggling to understand what social entrepreneurship is and see that change making is not only possible but quite fulfilling.”
“The stories Gates gathered for Just BE Cause truly demonstrates that the next generation of change makers is here and after people young and old spend time with this inspirational read, there will be more.”
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“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?
“What Syreeta has done with Just BE Cause is create an onomatopoeic narrative of the elusive intersection of youth culture, social entrepreneurship, and historical change. In Just BE Cause, Gates highlights in both content and form the staggering precipice of a new generation, and before we have much time to consider the philosophical meaning of her work, she pushes us into the abyss, down the great twenty-first-century rabbit hole of collective human creation. Gates’ collection of stories is organized in a powerful, cohesive way that in the formation provides perhaps the strongest tenets of her argument for the action of a new generation.”
—Daniel Silber-Baker, Project Reach Youth, Director of Adolescent Health Education
“Just BE Cause is a valuable book exploring the key moments in the life of a young social entrepreneur and how those moments can be used to inspire the next generation of changemakers. The editor, Syreeta Gates, takes a new and valuable approach in creating this collection of essays: she brings the voices of these amazing young changemakers to the surface. This superb collection of thought-provoking essays provides fresh ideas and inspiration for all of us. Reading the essays reminded me that people with different backgrounds, experiences and dreams can all collaborate and create a wonderful future. The contributions that the authors provide, from the inspiration of their idea, to the actual action and development of their social venture is a unique insight to the vision and dreams that inspire the new generation. The stories of change make me feel hopeful about America and once again remind me of the power that the younger generation has to create positive long lasting change. The book is a fresh voice and forward-thinking compilation like no other.”
— Romina Laouri, Community/Summit Director, Youth Venture Global Community Ashoka: Innovators for the Public
“Just BE Cause should be read, gifted, assigned, or sung to every Millennial. Imagine Adam Bryant’s Corner Office but for the freelance-hustling, network-wrangling rock stars among us. Gates makes big action possible by giving the microphone to those who have already done the work, and in a language we want to speak, they tell us how they did the work.This book reintroduces you to yourself as someone who, at any and every moment, can be what you want to see. And now you’ll know how.”
—Libby Ashton, founder of rEDesign
“Syreeta Gates gives new meaning to the word innovator. Her dynamic ideas and life inspiring acts changes lives”
—Erica Ford, Founder Life Camp Inc
“What drives you? We live in a technological age with more possibility for realizing your unique vision than ever. This exceptional collection of essays by leading change makers of the Millennial generation is inspiring and empowering. This is must reading for anyone with a passion and a dream who wants to authentically change the world for the better. This is one of those rare books that is not only for the current generation but for all generations.”
—Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD, cognitive psychologist
“Leadership is an action everyone can take, not a position few people can hold. Just BE Cause will help you step up and take action on behalf of the issues, causes, and people you care about.”
—Paul Schmitz, CEO of Public Allies, author of Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up
“Syreeta has sparked a gem of a book that reflects the best of the Millennials and will in turn inspire them—and the rest of us, as well—to even greater work.”
—Tony Wagner, EdD, Innovation Education Fellow, Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard University
“One part future mogul + one part social entrepreneur = Syreeta Gates. She is at once a young, brilliant, technologically savvy activist and visionary professional. Syreeta’s magnetism drew together a powerhouse crew of contributors for this inspirational project. Be informed, be inspired, BE!”
—Toni Blackman, US hip hop ambassador/artist/social entrepreneur
“If you want to see farther, stand on the shoulders of giants. Syreeta Gates has curated an impressive array of young, talented, heart-driven giants so that you can gain inspiration, sharpen your business acumen, and hone your entrepreneurial vision for success. As you look to change the world and leave a positive dent in the universe, consider digesting Just BE Cause, because the investment is well worth the new view from above.”
—Alex Abelin, external affairs manager, Google
“Just BE Cause, edited by Syreeta Gates, is a compendium of vibrant and inspirational back stories of thirty-two young women and men whose minds and hearts march to the beats of different drummers. Their respective drum majors lead them to combine penchants for imagination, purpose, passion, generosity, and authenticity in building principled communities profitably. Motivated by a common question, “Why wait for an invitation to lead?,” they exemplify a spirit of courage and creativity that shows us the power of social entrepreneurship.”
—Oscar Cohen, EdD, retired superintendent, Lexington School/Center for the Deaf, former executive director of Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation
“If every century is a revolution, the 21st will be known for the shift from mass disempowerment to everyone realizing, at an early age, that they can make whatever change they imagine. In Just Be Cause, Syreeta Gates not only demystifies what this revolution will take and why it’s suddenly possible, but also shows why it must be the Millennial Generation to lead us forward, one ah ha moment at a time. .Just Be Cause is Thomas Paine’s Common Sense meets The Oprah Winfrey Show meets Martin Luther King’s charge to confront in the “”fierce urgency of now,”” a feat of passion, historic significance, and radical accessibility that only Gates can pull off. Get ready to be called to amazing dream-driven action.”
—Andrew Mangino CEO/Co-Founder, The Future Project
“This collection of personal stories will inspire the next generation and motivate them to take action to change the world.”
—Robert A. Compton, filmmaker and new venture investor
“The stories in Just BE Cause totally reinforce that ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE! This will inspire people to be the change they wish to see!”
—Chris “Kazi” Rolle, social entrepreneur and founder of the Hip Hop Project
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Use this worksheet to help figure out your passion and how to turn that into a cause to take on. Answer the questions below about finding your passion and understanding what concerns you.
Use this worksheet to make sure that you understand your idea, your vision and that you’re creating something of value that will result in the social impact you’re hoping for. Pick one of your favourite ideas from the previous worksheet and use it to answer the questions below.
Use this worksheet to identify the resources you need to make your idea happen, and the resources at your fingertips that you can tap for support and guidance. Use these questions to build on your vision and objectives from the previous worksheet.
The previous worksheets have helped you to identify your passion, develop your idea and figure out what you need to get started. Now use this worksheet to better understand yourself and ensure that your idea brings you personal satisfaction as well as positive social impact.
Syreeta Gates has created an unparalleled connection with young people. As the founder of The SWT Life, Curator for History MEETS Hip-Hop, and Editor of Just Be Cause: AH HA Moments to Inspire the Next Generation of Change Makers, she has inspired, educated and impacted thousands of American youth in the past seven years. Syreeta was awarded Glamour Magazine’s “Top 20 Under 25” in 2010 and is highlighted in Tony Wagner’s new book Creating Innovators (2012). Her accomplishments as a youth development consultant and philanthropist have established her as one of the most promising cultural leaders to watch.
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“Pursuing your passions makes you more interesting, and interesting people are enchanting.” ― Guy Kawasaki