HOW TO CHANGE THE VILLAGE
by Jeong Tae Kim
upon a time, there was School of Social Entrepreneurs. Out of thousands of
applicants, three best students got accepted. They were: telling, listening and
name of Master Teacher was Scott. Scott used to say each of his students had
very special skills. Whenever the Master mentioned it, Telling, Listening and
Doing felt thrilled.
the village had lots of problems, the three believed that they could change the
village very soon. They all were eager to change the village.
day, three of them thought that they learned enough and could change the
village! So they went down to the village, and practiced what they learnt and
their skills separately.
said to the village people, “Let me tell you about my solutions are!” But the village
people did not pay attention. Telling felt weird because his master told him
that he had a special skill to make people immediately join him.
happened to listening as well. Listening said. “Now listen to what I am saying”
But, people did not listen to him. She also felt complicated because her master
once told her that she had a special skill to make people love her.
other guy Doing also said “Let me do this for you” He thought people would love
him because he works for them. However, people looked suspicious and passive.
Master used to tell him that he has a special skill to make people work with
complex, each of them all went back to school. The Master got to know this all
and gathered his students who got depressed.
said “I taught you everything but this one last piece of secret”
doing and listening wondered what the secret would be.
is story”, said the Master teacher. And he continued, “All of you have special
skills but none of your skills could be welcomed by people without this ‘story’.
Always put story before you.”
teacher continued, “From now on, I would like to rename you all.”
you will be story-telling.”
you will be story-listening.”
you will be story-doing.”
do not forget that you all have to work together. Only when you work together,
you could change the village.” The Master teacher also gave them advice about
who starts, who manages, and who completes.
day, all the three, now with different names, went back to village again, and
did their jobs as their Master Teacher said.
said “I would like to listen to your story.” Surprisingly, more and more people
came to story-listening and began sharing their stories. One of them said “It
is my first time that somebody asked me about my stories!”
story-telling came in and said “Let me tell you about a story that we all can dream
together!” All the people started paying full attention. It was different from
the last time when telling talked only about solutions.
story-doing said “Now would you like to do this story all together?” All the
village people shouted, “Yes, I would like because it is our story!”
could start when village people get empowered, own their stories and live out
the stories that they value.