3 November 2016

This month we are exploring how people find and share their spark: what ignites their spirit, lights a fire in their belly, and keeps them up at night with a brain buzzing full of ideas?

A woman holding a sign that says 'make things happen'.

When we explain what we do — helping people to create positive change where they live — we are sometimes asked, “But, why? What’s the catch?”

It’s an understandable response; when something seems too good to be true, it often is.

Our response: we do it because we think it’s the right thing to do. We believe that better connected communities means a better world, and we hope that, with a few bright sparks leading the way, others will begin to believe this too.

So this month we want to celebrate these bright sparks — the change makers in our communities and the people who, with an idea big or small, made it happen.

They take many forms: a Big Lunch organiser, who brings neighbours together to share a meal; a woman who organised a ‘Feast for Peace’ in the face of growing tensions in her community; the man who kicked off a renewable energy cooperative that now provides his community with energy, money and a sense of purpose; even the founders of the Eden Project, who built the world’s largest indoor rainforest in a disused china clay pit in Cornwall. Yes, even the craziest spark of an idea can become a reality.

These are just some of many movers and shakers doing good things — but how, and why, do they do it? Where does their motivation and determination come from, and how did they find their spark and turn it from an abstract idea into a reality?

It’s easy to come up with reasons not to pursue an idea: I don’t have the time; the resources; the energy; I simply don’t know how to begin. But bright sparks are people just like you and I: powerfully ordinary people, whose small acts together create something much greater than the sum of their parts.

Don’t think too much – just do! Small things can make a big difference.

Got a story to tell about how you found your spark? Share it with us! Get in touch via email at communities@edenproject.com, or through Twitter and Facebook.

If you think you’re too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.