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Moving Beyond The Headlines

Common Change is a community of people who seek to get up close and personal. We hear the news, but we want to look behind the curtain of headlines and click-bait. We push beyond the sensational to find the sacred, often hidden in the faces of those in need. Those rich stories hidden within ordinary lives belong not just to strangers far away, but also to our neighbors and co-workers, and friends.

We see the pictures of immigrant families in distress, and we cannot fully imagine the depth and scope of their needs. But if we meet these families in another setting, they are our neighbors, co-workers, fellow church members and suddenly the stranger is much like you and me.

If you’re wondering how to move beyond the headlines or curious to what it would look like to be a part of this community, we are here to help, drop us a line at support@commonchange.com

Desperation, Isolation, And The Power Of Friendship

A woman is totally exasperated because just as she thought her child-rearing days were over, she suddenly becomes the caretaker of a young child. A young woman flees an abusive situation and must pay for the same harm from which she escaped. A family sacrifices the familiarity of home for the risks of a border-crossing in order to save their lives and seek a better future. The tears in their eyes, their shoulders drooping. But to be lifted up by the hands of those they do not even know can allow them to tap into reserves of strength and fortitude to carry on.

Sometimes, the best thing we can offer is friendship. There may be financial needs and physical needs and needs we simply cannot meet. But a gentle, compassionate, curious question can deepen our relationships. The question “How might I help?” can give us the eyes to see and ears to hear tangible needs between the lines. Suddenly we see that even in our gentle inquiry, there are even more people beyond ourselves who care. “Can I share this need with others who may be able to help?” There is a light, a comfort, a newfound courage in knowing we’re not alone – even if it means we’re not alone in thinking about the needs and challenges we face.

When we are invited to act on behalf of others, we are acting with compassion and empathy that illuminate the Creators hope for reconciliation. And when we join hands with others who care, our lifting is strengthened – when my arms get weak, I know I am not lifting this friend alone.

Common Change cultivates a culture of compassion, empathy, storytelling, and belonging — a culture inspired by the words of Greg Boyle who teaches, “compassion isn’t just about feeling the pain of others, it’s about bringing them towards ourselves.” If you desire or are curious about this community that helps one another, drop us a line.

As 2017 Draws To A Close

CC2017We couldn’t do it without you.

We’ve made some big impacts in the past year. Common Change supported elders in Cuba (featured in The Economists), contributed thousands of dollars to help with the recovery from many of this year’s natural disasters, engaged 2000 participants with The Hive in Cincinnati Ohio, witnessed deepened engagement among South Africa’s nearly 200 members, developed new partnerships with Looker and Google, and became established as an official UK charity. We continue our impact because of people like you.

To keep our momentum going, to achieve the vision we share, we need your support now more than ever. Please make a donation today.

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Incubator

notesDo you have a new startup or an idea?

We would love to hear about it, drop us a line. Our incubator is a collaborative program designed to help founders and new start-ups succeed.

Check out the great work that Troy Bronsink has done with The Hive Cincinnati. The Hive exists to develop creative, compassionate, and mindfully-engaged citizens in the Cincinnati region through small group classes, events and workshops.

Common Change is a UK charity

londonWhen unexpected events bring with them a serious financial impact they are referred to as ‘income shocks’. Over a quarter of the UK adult population (i.e. 14 million people) will have suffered at least one income shock in the last year. Millions of us have neither ‘rainy day’ savings nor access to family and friends who may offer temporary assistance in such a time of crisis.

Join the journey in laying out the foundation. We have limited space available for our UK pilot program. – Drop us a line.

Hurricane Harvey

floodCommon Change believes that people who are rooted in a neighborhood are firmly positioned to provide help for a neighbor. Hurricane Harvey has caused catastrophic flooding and damage in Texas. Common Change will be coordinating efforts with local groups in Texas to provide support. All donations to this fund will help people with longer-term recovery from this storm.

 

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