Ravi Prasad wants to show you how a little more conversation can create a lot more action. The founder of Parliament on King, a social enterprise caterer, also wants to share six simple strategies at ChangeCampAU that will get you closer to that action.
What’s the confab topic on the table? Belief.
“Unless you know what you believe, no one is going to believe in you. And to change things, you need to make people believe it’s possible,” says Ravi.
But knowing what you really believe isn’t as simple as it sounds, and arriving there is a process that Ravi hopes to lead ChangeCampAU participants through on July 1.
“We’re told we should follow our passion, we should follow our purpose, and these things are about following our beliefs. Some people know clearly who they are, what they’re doing and why they’re doing it, but most people don’t know. And there’s a sense that somehow you’ve failed because you don’t have a passion to follow,” says Ravi.
“Most people are like me: I spent most of my life bumbling along, waiting for something to come to me.”
Sharing his highs, lows and learnings
Ravi says the conversation and six strategies that he wants to share are gleaned from his experience, failures and persistence.
He spent 20 years in advertising, 12 years as an award-winning strategist and a couple of years in a failed start-up before establishing Parliament on King four years ago. The social enterprise caterer, which trains, employs and supports around 45 asylum seekers and refugees, will also serve their delicious food at our unconference.
For Ravi, the key to activating his own purpose was not only understanding the importance of race, race relations, social justice and civil society to him, but also realising the importance of being useful to others and the power of momentum.
“Being useful allows you to live purposefully even if you don’t know what your purpose is,” Ravi says.”I used to think: I’ll find my purpose and then do something about it. What I did was reverse that and started doing a bunch of stuff, and through that I discovered my purpose.”
Moving from the talk to the walk is what he wants to explore next Saturday too
“In the conversation about creation and belief, there are a few different things: it’s about understanding your personal motivation and what you personally believe, how to articulate and crystallise that, and then how to act upon that and how acting upon that creates momentum,” Ravi says.
“Ultimately, it’s a conversation about how to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others. Now more than ever, the world needs people with imagination that believe that they can change it. If you want to do something, the time is now. Because if not now, when? If not you, who?”
Eager to lead your own conversation? Please register for ChangeCampAU by June 25 and submit your session suggestions. If you have already registered but would like to suggest a session, please send an email to email@example.com.