We want to change the world.

And you, reading this post – you’re probably a world changer, too.  You probably know just how difficult it can be.

It’s an ambitious aim, for sure.  But we know it’s possible because we’ve been changing the world for over two decades, with the support of people like you.  We’ve helped make Fair Trade a household name, turned public attention to unfair trade policy and the need to limit corporate power, opened eyes about Cuba, sent tens of thousands of conscientious travelers around the world with Reality Tours, trained the next generation of green leaders, and much much more.

But we’re not done yet.  A new year is just around the corner, and we’ve got some big plans for the coming years.  I would like to introduce you to our vision for 2011 and beyond:

An Open World– A world where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

Open Eyes — Providing a depth of analysis, branded by a rational compassionate and revolutionary perspective.

Open Minds – Embracing new thinking in envisioning the world we want, and putting it into action.

Open Arms – Relating to others – both locally and around the world – with understanding and empathy.

With that end in mind, I will share stories in a series of blog posts right here on our People to People blog about the ways folks are working towards making an Open World.  Stories of struggle, of triumph, of the simple ways people are connecting to make the world a better place.  You’ll read about a sweatshop worker from the Philippines who went toe to toe with big corporations.  A Detroit woman who is working to build a new economy.  Five year old Fair Trade advocates.

I’m sure you have plenty of stories of your own, too.  That’s why we want to hear from you.

What are you interested in hearing about?  What has inspired you?  What should be done differently?  Share your stories of opening minds, opening arms, and opening eyes.  Shoot me a line at Corey@globalexchange.org and let me know what moves you. I just might share it in this blog series or online for all the world to see!

To read more stories and see what other folks have to say, click here.

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I look forward to hearing your stories — and changing the world with you.