What Type of Changemaker Are You?
Ever wondered how to start making change? Take the quiz and learn your changemaker type! Then keep reading to meet some of the changemaker types who exemplify the Story of Stuff Community!
Builders don’t just wait for solutions, they get out there and create them. Here are just a few that Builders do that:
- Using engineering, design or science to make Stuff that doesn’t trash people or the planet.
- Creating community gardens, time banks or other methods for sharing resources and strengthening community.
- Starting new businesses that foster healthy communities and a healthy planet.
Notable Builders who have done awesome things to change the world:
- Janine Benyus, biomimicry engineer
- Danny Kennedy, solar entrepreneur
- Wangari Maathai, movement builder
- Benton MacKaye, father of the Appalachian Trail
- Omar Freilla, co-op founder
Nurturers make it possible to make change! Here’s how:
- Providing support, care and just about every other kind of sustenance to changemakers and change efforts.
- Having (and keeping!) a source of strength so large that it can be shared with others when they need it.
- Always being ready, able and willing to help.
Some Notable Nurturers who have done awesome things to change the world:
- Dorothy Day, Catholic Worker
- Janelle Orsi, sharing economy champion
- Richard and Rhoda Goldman, philanthropists
- Joanna Macy, deep ecology pioneer
- Connection Coalition, yoga gangsters
Networkers play a crucial role in making change! Some of our favorite Networker traits:
- A love and skill for making introductions and making new friends and contacts.
- A knack for bringing all types of people and Changemakers Personalities together over commons ideas, goals and actions.
- An outgoing, open-natured affect and an interest in strengthening and growing communities.
Notable Networkers who have done awesome things to change the world:
- Van Jones, social entrepreneur
- Tony Mazzocchi, labor organizer
- Bayard Rustin, civil rights leader
- Ai-Jen Poo, workers’ rights advocate
- Kristen Rowe-Finkbeine, grassroots activist
Communicators tell stories and share information that build our power, bring us closer together and closer to a better future. Here’s how:
- By using their creativity and expression to share knowledge in compelling and accessible ways, whether through art, film, oratory, music, online or innumerable other ways.
- By reminding people about all the ways we’re connected.
- By spreading news, information and ideas to other Changemaker Personalities.
Some notable Communicators who we love to follow include:
- Pete Seeger, folk singer
- Arundhati Roy, novelist
- Sojourner Truth, abolitionist
- Favianna Rodriguez, artist
- Dennis Brutus, poet
- Amy Goodman, journalist
- Bernice Reagon Johnson, civil rights songwriter
- Jonah Sachs, storyteller
Resisters are on the front lines of changemaking! Here are just a few ways Resisters are already helping to write the next chapter in the Story of Stuff:
- Standing up to the bullies and bad guys.
- Practicing civil disobedience.
- Halting destructive projects with a wide range of tools from lawsuits to injunctions to blockades.
- Helping other changemakers find their own power to resist injustice.
Notable Resisters who have done awesome things to change the world:
- Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, labor agitator
- Harriet Tubman, “conductor” of the Underground Railroad
- Evgenia Chirikova, forest defender
- Medha Patkar, protest leader
- César Chavez, labor leader
- Dolores Huerta, social justice advocate
- Rhiannon Tomtishen & Madison Torva, youth leaders
Investigators play the crucial role of exposing both the problems we face and the solutions. Here’s how:
- Reading, inquiring and learning constantly.
- Researching facts questions, issues and stories thoroughly until the entire picture is clear.
- Asking the hard questions and finding the sometimes-dark truths, even when it’s challenging and uncomfortable.
Notable Investigators who have done awesome things to find truth and change the world: