Anyone Can Change the World: The Animated Wisdom of Nobel Peace Prize Winner Jody Williams

Here’s a little animation for those times when the unlikelihood of winning public recognition for your work has you dejected to the point of inaction.

Children are repeatedly told that they can change the world, and, in my experience, most of them seem to believe that this is true.

How is it, then, that so many adults are paralyzed by feelings of powerlessness? Did something happen in middle school, or are the problems of the world so immense? (Both, probably.) Why bother, right?

Activist Jody Williams may have won a Nobel Prize, but she’s also a fan of starting small.

The Royal Society for the Arts enlisted animator Katy Davis to mine William’s lecture  “Anyone Can Change the World” for its narrative possibilities. It’s a good argument against succumbing to the siren song of your flat screen TVs. It’s also a good argument for engaging with your community.

Williams crusaded against land mines, but her advice holds true for more modest endeavors, too, be it school lunch policy reform or finishing that novel or short story.

If a couple of minutes of doggies don’t set you to rights, her complete lecture is below.

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Ayun Halliday is an author, illustrator, and Chief Primatologist of the long running zine, The East Village Inky. Follow her @AyunHalliday


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