Grace Clapham & Solonia Teodros: Innerpreneur Spotlight
GRACE CLAPHAM & SOLONIA TEODROS
Co-Founders of The Change School
Grace Clapham | Solonia Teodros
My passion is for:
Solonia: Helping individuals and organisations become global citizens through community engagement, social innovation, cultural understanding and human-centered design.
Grace: Helping individuals maximize their potential, connecting sectors and cultures, bridging gaps, enabling and inspiring individuals and organisations to live more creatively and collaboratively for collective impact.
Our business helps you:
Our business helps you align passion and purpose for impact while connecting you to an international community of global citizens
My biggest challenge is:
Solonia: Saying ‘no’. When all you want to do is good work and help others to do good work, saying ‘no’ to exciting opportunities in order to stay focused and on track is a constant challenge. I’m getting better at this though! :)
Grace: There are too many things to do can’t do them all. I want to create enough impactful change in a faster period of time and change systems and mindsets.
I make a difference by:
Solonia: Challenging traditional notions of (individual/organisational) identity, storytelling, facilitating intercultural interactions and understanding, and through ground-up initiatives I drive for and with local communities.
Grace: Creating new spaces and communities whilst building new ecosytems in order to break barriers and drive change for a better understanding of each other, cultures and the world.
I have lots of ideas about:
Solonia: The immense value and potential of multiculturals – citizens of the world. As the world becomes more connected, the great leaders of tomorrow will be those who are curious and open to the unknown; risk-takers with the ability to adapt to and embrace change. Coming from a diverse background, being multilingual and/or being exposed to different cultures is a great advantage that I believe should be encouraged, nurtured and challenged to catalyze societal change.
Grace: How individuals can work better together with an understanding of themselves, emergence and systems change/thinking. Being a Third Culture Kid I am consistently thinking of ways that we can connect the dots across cultures and build a future society of global citizens.
Solonia: The best advice you can take in life is that of your own intuition. Rather than being stubborn or closed to new perspectives, this is about taking the time and space to invest in yourself – body, mind and soul – in order to understand who you are, what you want and where you want to go. It takes time to find clarity, resilience to go through the process and openness to trying every/any thing to realise what you love. Friends, family, mentors and coaches are your support system but, for me, the exciting journey begins when you’ve learned to trust yourself.
Grace: Living by Maya Angelous motto “If you don’t like something, change it, if you can’t change it, change your attitude” – after having my own transition and coming to a crossroads I realised that change needs to come from within first before you can make the necessary changes in the external world. I have also learned that it’s not easy making the change but if you are committed and want to make long lasting change you have to keep at it and surround yourselves with individuals who will keep pushing your boundaries and nurture you to grow always. We can never learn too much but we must learn how to learn and unlearn and re-learn always in life.
A favourite quote of mine:
There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. – Nelson Mandela
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