How Privilege Can Be Used For Good

The only way to change the world is to see it as it is.

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The ethos is that the privileged have an extra duty to be responsible and accountable leaders.

Sometimes clients are successful in their projects’ goals, and sometimes they fail. Most experience the entire spectrum of leadership — the ups and the downs. One client recently spent part of her summer in Costa Rica where she taught local children to speak and read English. She complained that it was really hard because the local library had little to no children’s books. That’s when I helped her to see that there was an opportunity for her to make a difference.

Herein lies my point about the privileged: I have found, over the past 20 years, that most people I work with, who undoubtedly have privilege, are just people like everyone else — small, medium or large — who want to make a difference.

Maybe it’s because they have big egos and want to leave a legacy. Maybe it’s because they were raised to do the right thing. Maybe it’s because old Auntie Evan (what students call me) refused to take “no” for an answer. I don’t know. I don’t care.

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