3 words my great friend once said to me continually resonates in my mind in our efforts to create social change and impact our communities.
“COLLABORATION NOT COMPETITION.”
3 words but it summarizes everything. In a bid to change societies, we should not see one another as competitors or battle for supremacy and relevance. Like the yoruba idiom “aye po gan” meaning “there enough is space”. That more than one organization is doing the same thing does not mean that we can’t collaborate. Social development is not capitalism. It is not where you struggle with other “competitors for market and consumer base”
Many people are quick to say “I WANT TO START AN NGO”, without any plan of going through any form of learning, training or understudying another NGO. Many others ask “HOW DO I JOIN THIS NGO OF A THING” because of the misconception that NGOs “are a means to an end” rather than impact and change driven. Instead of hurrying to start an NGO why don’t you contribute your time, resources and experience to volunteering for another while you gain experience, understand organization, structure and organizational structure. Then you can decide if it is something you want to do with the right motive.
In all honesty, “WE ARE NOT ALL CALLED TO RUN NGOS just as WE ALL CANNOT BE ENTREPRENEURS”
We all have the collective but differentiated responsibilities to lead social change. There are too problems in the world to solve for us and they require our collective efforts.