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“Architects of Change @ School has had a visible impact on our community at Our Lady of Peace. The speakers we invite are captivating and spark creative energy that motivates us to seek our own opportunities for leadership. Driven by compassion and rooted in solidarity with our community, our students are inspired to pursue their own interests with an eye for social justice and change.”

Elizabeth Hanczor (17)

Architects of Change @ School Organizer

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Now You Can Start Your Own AOC @ Conversation … Anywhere

At Architects of Change we believe that we all have the power to be Architects of Change in our own lives, in our own homes and in our own communities. Our conversation series is meant to inspire you to challenge what is and imagine what can be – only then can you make a difference, move humanity forward and unite it.

We recognize that high-impact conversations happen all of the time, between all different types of people, all over the world. We also get that in order to truly create a caring, conscious, connected and compassionate society, we must unify, convene, talk and truly listen.

That is why we have launched the ARCHITECTS OF CHANGE @ PROGRAM where women and men, companies, universities, conferences and like-minded groups can host their own certified Architects of Change Conversation.

COMING SOON: DOWNLOAD THE AOC @ TOOLKIT

How Can You Host an AOC @ Conversation?

  • Find Someone Who Challenges What Is, Imagines What Can Be and Then Creates the Change They Want to See. Set up a live conversation with them. This could be at a school, in a town hall, in your living room or at work.
  • Invite an engaged network of individuals committed to making a difference in the world to hear your conversation in person and on social media.
  • Follow the Format: 45 Minute Conversation, 15 Minute Q&A (Simple and Impactful). We have a special video message from Maria to start your conversation and an explainer on where the idea came from for your materials.
  • Share your conversation on social using #ArchitectsofChange or on MariaShriver.com by emailing us at info@mariashriver.com.
  • A portion of all of the proceeds from Architects of Change go to the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement (WAM). We ask that you make a contribution to a non-profit of your choice or WAM if you have made a profit.

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This Is What Happens When You Open Your Eyes

This Is What Happens When You Open Your Eyes

I’ve been thinking a lot this week about the pillars of the society I want to live in. The society I want to work in. The society I want to grow old in.

Love, as I wrote last week, is the guiding principle of that society. There are several other principles as well, which I’ll get to over the next few weeks. But today, on Father’s Day, I want to focus on the concept of kindness.

Kindness, I believe, is one of the most important qualities that we can have. It’s what can lead us out of our current atmosphere, which is anything but kind.

We rarely recognize kindness as a form of strength, but it is. It takes strength to lead your life from a place of kindness — whether you are leading as a father, an elected official, a teacher, a CEO, or as someone in some other role.

Being kind starts with being kind to yourself. You know that inner voice that so often berates you and everyone around you? That voice that tells you that you’re not working hard enough? That you’re not keeping up? That says, ‘Who do you think you are’? Well, when that voice finishes berating you, it comes out of your mouth and reaches everyone around you.

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