Changemaker Types


Builders aren’t waiting for the solutions, they’re out there creating them. Here are just a few ways they 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
  • Danny Kennedy
  • Jon Warner
  • Wangari Maathai
  • Benton MacKaye
  • Omar Freilla
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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
  • Janelle Orsi
  • Richard and Rhoda Goldman
  • Joanna Macy
  • Kim Klein
  • Yoga Gangsters
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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.
  • Helping to bring all types of people and Changemakers Personalities together over commons ideas, goals and actions.
  • An outgoing, open-natured person that’s constantly trying to strengthen and grow blue-panel their communities.

Notable Networkers who have done awesome things to change the world:

  • Van Jones
  • Tony Mazzocchi
  • Bayard Rustin
  • Rob Stuart
  • Ai-Jen Poo
  • Kristen Rowe-Finkbeine
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Communicators tell the stories and share information that build our power, bring us closer together and closer to a better future. Here’s how:

  • Using your creativity and expression to share knowledge in compelling and accessible ways, whether through art, film, oratory, music, online or innumerable other ways.
  • Reminding people about all the ways we’re connected.
  • Spreading news, information and ideas to other Changemaker Personalities.

Some Notable Communicators who have done awesome things to change the world:

  • Pete Seeger
  • Arundhati Roy
  • Michael Moore
  • Sojourner Truth
  • Favianna Rodriquez
  • Dennis Brutus
  • Amy Goodman
  • Bernice Reagon Johnson
  • Free Range Studios
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Resisters are on the front lines of changmaking! 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
  • Harriet Tubman
  • Evgenia Chirikova
  • Medha Parkar
  • Lois Gibbs
  • Cesar Chavez
  • Dolores Huerta
  • Rhiannon Tomtishen
  • Madison Vorva
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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:

  • Sandra Steingraber
  • Rachel Carson
  • Seymour Hersh
  • James Hansen
  • Peter Gleick
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