Jody Williams on Activism



What if you really could change the world? Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize winner, firmly believes that each and every one of us can and should contribute to creating a better world. In this empowering RSA Short Jody explains why it is so important that we strive to make a difference.

Voice: Jody Williams
Animator: Katy Davis (AKA Gobblynne)
Production and Editing: Al Francis-Sears and Abi Stephenson

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20 Comments

  • Thank you RSA! You are great! I would really like to read the text beyond the image for your cartoons. Is this kind of help needed?

  • "The entire money structure & materialistic society is a false society. Our society will go down in history as the lowest development in man. We have the brains, the know-how, the technology and the feasibility to build an entirely new civilization."-Jacque Fresco ~ The Venus Project

    But people around the world live in scarcity…. We can make a change, for really something better.

  • "Bone shortage around town" this made me laugh, in a society of dogs surely this would be a sign of a nearing of the end of the world.

  • Can we get back to the drawing board, literally? Please RSA, it's hard to concentrate on the content while watching this crappy cartoon try to hold my attention. I'd rather watch the original speech, it could be just me, but I sincerely doubt that.

  • Nice video, but: "All it really takes is finding what you feel the most passionate about…" Oh, is that all. I've been trying to figure out what I feel passionate about for years. :p

  • Here is the script I write down every single words.
    What has fueled my passion for change is righteous indignation at injustice.
    Anybody can be an agent of change. All it really takes is finding what you feel most passion about. (I don't care what it is. It doesn't have to be a thing I care about.) If it is an issue that stirs your passion, and by working on it, you can contribute to the greater good – including for those who you do not necessarily like politically or ideologically. I think everybody should volunteer a couple of hours a month. People think that if they can tackle all the world's problems and make it all better overnight, there's no purpose.
    I totally disbelieve that. I believe that every action really does contribute to change. And the power that each and every one of us has is to decide whether we want to be participants in creating the world we live in, or we choose – and this is also a choice that we pretend isn't – we CHOOSE to do nothing. People say, "I'm not interested in politics.". Every single thing we do is politics. Because the interaction of human being is politics writ large. I believe that we have to feel empowered to make that choice. If we choose to feel passion about something and do nothing, it is that you've chosen to do nothing. Believe me, there are other people who will step into that gap, take your power and use it to accomplish what they want.

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