Ames Chamber of Commerce

What is a Changemaker?

Posted on 04/13/2021 at 09:58 AM by Allee Wengert

Changemaker—what a powerful-sounding world. Are all Changemakers some kind of boat-rocking, swim-against-the-current kind of folk? What is a Changemaker and how do I become one?

The beauty of being a Changemaker is that there is no one definition. Changemakers are builders, networkers, nurturers, resisters, communicators, investigators and more. Changemakers are those who are ready to pull up their sleeves and get down to business. You can be a Changemaker and so can I.

The Builder—

These are our most practical friends. The ones who love math and science. The ones who quietly think and then offer up a completely thought-out idea. Building an inclusive playground in four-season community? Get a Builder on your team.

The Nurturer—

The ever-loving, little-engine-that-could people who keep us going. They are thinking about everyone’s well-being more than anything else. Hosting a day-long fundraiser? The Nurturer will be the one bringing you snacks and water to help keep you going.

The Networker—

Otherwise known as the extrovert.  They’re the ones who have a guy (or gal!) for everything. Need a speaker for an upcoming event? Odds are the Networker’s cousin’s friend’s brother’s mother-in-law could do it.

The Communicator—

These are the objective thinkers. The ones who see and relish the many colors around us. The Communicator might challenge your thought process, but they will take the time to listen and help work toward a creative solution for the greater good.

The Resister—

No, not the two-year-old who refuses to nap. The Resister is on the frontlines. They pave the way for future generations through action. They lead with a dynamic influence and will always be there when you need them.

The Investigator—

The detective of the group. You might not even realize when they're analyzing and deducing but you can count on them to think outside the box, expose problems and pose solutions. Think of them as your resident Sherlock Holmes. 

Now that you have an idea of which Changemaker Archetype you are, it's time to shake, rattle and CHANGE! Join us for our Changemaker Series by registering for the first event today!

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