How to Change the World? Start. – March Newsletter

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Dear Worldmakers,

As our world watches thousands of innocent lives being lost and communities obliterated in an unprovoked war in Ukraine, we are hearing more and more people express a sense of helplessness. We understand. It can be easy when something is so big and out of our control to wonder, “But, what can I do? I am just one person.” 

Leah Badertscher, artist, master coach and wise member of our Worldmaker community (who has twice served as Master of Ceremonies at our annual Resilience Summits) recently shared a poignant reminder for all members of the human family. Her message speaks to the power within each of us, and our responsibility to enact change every day.

What you do DOES matter. Who you are is MORE than enough. And, the world needs YOU right now. Your actions, your experience, your gifts and your resources. A special thanks to Leah for letting us share her writing with the rest of our Worldmaker community:

I will keep this simple and direct because time matters. We can help Ukraine. Here are is link to an article with opportunities to help NOW.

One of the most insidious, dangerous thoughts I coach clients on when it comes to creating the life of their dreams is: “What I can do doesn’t matter, it isn’t enough, it will never be enough.” That thought murders dreams and suffocates souls….but it is cloaked as truth, and disguised as a seemingly tiny, insignificant one – so we let it by, we let it run our lives. It is also a fatal enemy of freedom and caring for one another. But it doesn’t have to be.

We are built to care because we are built to help. Please do what you can – pray, donate, and continue to be your badass, creative selves.

“You have to act as if it were radically possible to change the world.

And you have to do it all the time.”

-Angela Davis

“All the time” is now.

In solidarity, 

Team Worldmaker

Worldmaker Spotlight

This month we are honoring and celebrating Thembile Gola, Worldmaker’s 2021 Promise Leader honoree who is driving to change the narrative around seeking mental health support. The award is presented to an influencer under age 30 who is dedicated to creating solutions for today’s interconnected and dynamic world, contributing to a narrative of human thriving. As part of this honor, Thembile is serving as a full member of the Worldmaker International Board and receiving mentoring from the executive team. A graduate student in Clinical Psychology and a rising entrepreneur, Thembile runs the mental health and resilience programmes for Consolidated Africa Services PVO in Zimbabwe. 

Check out the latest episode of Resiliency Matters TV to learn more about Thembile and her bold vision for communities equipped with mental health support, resilience tools and compassionate leadership.

What's Up at Worldmaker?

This month’s efforts have shifted towards Ukraine, from supporting events for those with family in Ukraine to teaching resilience tools to helpers supporting humanitarian efforts. Read the full statement from Worldmaker Board and leadership team here.

In collaboration with Mental Health Today and generous community mental health sponsors, Worldmaker is leading a series of workshops in northeast Iowa, beginning with a “What’s Your Word?” vision session this month. Participants will be guided to clarify personal values, set goals and learn tips for persevering through setbacks using the THRIVE Resilience Model™, Worldmaker’s time-tested framework that helps people prepare for, adapt to and grow through adversity. Learn more about the workshops on our website. Could your community benefit from this type of programming? 

Contact info@worldmakerinternational.org to learn more about our offerings to help your community increase its resilience.

Ways to Engage

Listen: Have you been feeling “meh” lately? You aren’t the only one. Listen to this episode on The Happiness Lab to fight back against the feeling of languishing.

Tell us: Do you know someone who is making a positive difference? Are YOU that person helping improve your own little corner of the world? We would love to hear about it and potentially feature you in the “Worldmaker Spotlight” series. Email us at info@worldmakerinternational.org.

Introduce: Do you know an organization or community seeking strengths based, trauma-informed resilience education? We invite you to introduce them to Worldmaker. We THRIVE together!

Calling all Trailblazers! This passionate and committed group of givers make automatic donations each month that provide resilience programming and crisis response support to communities in need. As a Thank You, Worldmaker sends you a special care package in the mail (US) or via email. Join the fun – and the impact making!

Click this link to become a Trailblazer. You choose how much to give and you can change the amount or cancel at any time. Every dollar makes a difference! 

Resilience Summit

9th Annual Resilience Summit: Leading in a Post-Covid World


Honoring a decade of work with deep roots and strong wings.

As a community resiliency project and national nonprofit building strength across America before, during and after traumatic disruptions, we planted deep roots.

Stepping forward to meet humanitarian needs without borders, we grew strong wings.

We now invite you to JOIN US at Worldmaker International.

There’s a place for you .