Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A Study in Cultural Transformation

Jose Antonio Abreu is the charismatic founder of a youth orchestra system that has transformed thousands of kids' lives in Venezuela. Here he shares his amazing story and unveils a TED Prize wish that could have a big impact in the US and beyond.

I'm intrigued by the model and metaphor Sr. Abreu offers in this 16-minute video. Viewing life as a song we learn to play together, he has successfully brought about a huge cultural transformation for the poor in Venezuela through art and music. Over 300,000 children in Venezuela are now in his program, and through it they have experienced a truly impressive personal transformation, which is in turn inspiring transformation in their families, which leads to the transformation of society itself. Sr. Abreu calls it "art in service of humanity."

As I've been lately studying a lot about how to inspire culture change (in a family, in a business, in a church, in a society), I find Sr. Abreu's example rich with principles and perspectives that I believe can teach us all a lot about what it really takes to impact the world for positive change.

How can we take what Sr. Abreu has done and apply it to impacting our own sphere of influence for good?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow! This vid was really inspiring! Talk about having a systems view of life and culture. One personal inquiry I have is looking at how to incorporate reflection and renewal into a culture for the sake of healing, wholeness and freedom.