Recently, I’ve been taking a social innovations class at BYU-I where we are encouraged to keep a journal of what we learn each week. Welcome to entry seven of said journal. I’ll be using Joseph Campbell’s theory of The Hero’s Journey as a framework for my posts, each week will be a different stage. I hope you like it!
On the Approach
In the Hero’s Journey there comes a stage called The Approach. This has often been the stage that I’ve been most enamored by. Surprisingly, not in an particularly artistic or technical way, but more because it is an interesting stage to experience, and an even more interesting stage to see expressed on film. The montages…are endless. I may be a little obsessed. Perhaps partly because they are usually set to some pretty fabulous music (Mrs. Doubtfire’s Dude Looks Like a Lady montage anyone?) Just saying.  This is the stage where the Hero is training, gearing up, pulling out the maps, making a plan, gathering weapons, or finding information. The Hero knows the problem, there is a particular goal or event they are preparing for usually at a set time and day and now they most prepare in all the ways they can for that ordeal. In real life, this is a stage of a lot of hard work and sleepless nights. I often times, have wished that it could feel the way that movies make it appear. With the bad-a music and the copious amounts of time passing in a matter of mere minutes. Wouldn’t that just be lovely? Part of the approach that I love is devising a strategy to conquer the obstacle that you are preparing for.  I love to analyze the keys to good strategy and analyze all of the plans and different routes and options that I could take.
On Strategy
“Fortune favors the bold.”
In class today, brother Gwilliam said the above.  One of the things that I absolutely adore about this class is how brother Gwilliam teaches it. I love the insights and the tidbits and the quotes that can be gained from it. This is one of my favorites. As I was thinking about this concept, a quote from a book called The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene came to mind. It said:
Few are born bold. Even Napoleon had to cultivate the habit on the battlefield, where he knew it was a matter of life and death. In social settings he was awkward and timid, but he overcame this and practice boldness in every part of his life because he saw its tremendous power, how it could literally enlarge a man (even one who, like Napoleon, was in fact conspicuously small).”
– Robert Greene
Boldness is a power that we can harness to use in our strategies. We need boldness to make an impact on the world. Easier said than done, I know, I’m not the boldest person in the world-at least not anymore-and so the idea of boldness can be one that is hard to form a steady definition of in my mind. Now the bold thing isn’t always the most outlandish thing, but more like the more different idea the idea that wouldn’t be thought of and would be thought at first glance even counter-intuitive.
Apollo 13
In class we watched a TED talk entitled Shut Up and Listen. He started out in trying to make a social difference traveling to Africa and trying to impose the fixes and plans of his team’s ideas on them. The bold thing to do ended up being to shut up and listen to their ideas…the ideas that would actually work. Now, some wouldn’t think of that as the misconceived definition of bold as being outlandish and forceful. Instead it is unconventional, innovative, and slightly unusual. However it works, and it took courage to think of and boldness to put into action. Then, in our textbook How to Change the World by David Bornstein it said:
“Whatever you can do or dream, you can begin it now. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.”
I believe that boldness and a successful Approach stage are key. Courage and boldness are very connected concepts that are crucial to forming a strategy-a plan-that will carry the hero and his team through the ordeal, or challenge, ahead of him. It is the boldness that we need to implement in our every day lives. It is boldness that will carry us into  the goals we striving to meet and even surpass, it is the key to good working relationships for true boldness puts people at ease and builds trust. Also, it’s the key to trust with ourselves. Boldness can often times be the very act of stepping forward on an idea that we’ve had or a commitment we’ve made to ourselves of a dream we promised ourselves we’d achieve. It’s important that as we strive to build the world around us, and live up to the expectations of others, that we don’t let ourselves down either.

1. Make an action plan right now, how are you going to look for and create opportunities of CSR in your future workplace? 
In the sense of being an employee at a workplace, my first step is to build relationships, foster connection with those I work with and those managing and running the company as well. The second step I would take would to be notice a need, not just a social need in the community, but a material need in the company. Then, I would find a way to solve that with a solution that would also solve the social need in the community making it mutually beneficial. I would then approach whoever I needed to, address the need in the company, and offer to help. After a short while helping with that I would pitch a solution. Then, it would continue from there. 
2. Where does the responsibility lie in business to create a better world?
My answer is going to be a little bit unconventional, so hear me out. The thing is it’s not business’ responsibility, it’s ours as human beings. It is our responsibility-especially as children of God, to use our means and power to do good. So, in a way, you could say that all businesses should have an aspect of social responsibility because social efforts, change, and impact are OUR responsibility. 
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