Stacey Huish for the last 2 years embarked on a journey to collect 1000 stories for a book project for children. The book was entitled: 1000 Ripple Effects.
All 1000 stories in the book were written to help answer life's unanswered questions for those kids out there who had no one.
Stacey mentioned this project was not just for the children. This project was about creating 1000 Ripple Effects to create sustainable generational change for children.
We are naturally very curious and wanted to find out more. We asked Stacey, What is a ripple effect?
A Ripple Effect is an action that continues for a long time, is passed along to everyone it comes in contact with. Just like knowledge being passed down from father to son, or mother to daughter. This continues for generations and generations.
My whole life, I have started movements.
Back in my first year of TAFE, I took the bus and noticed that no one said Thank you to the bus drivers. This upset me quite a lot. I did something about it. I spent 12 months getting on and off every bus in Brisbane. As I exited the bus, I would say loudly “Thank you, have a great day!”
The passengers, started following my lead, and soon the Ripple Effect of Thank You spread to Sydney, and New Zealand. Passengers everywhere were acknowledging the bus drivers.
Why are you creating 1000 Ripple Effects?
To create sustainable generational change for children. To do this, we need to break old patterns that have not been working. With the right education, knowledge and skills, we can change a whole generation and have it last for many generations to come. We can excite the hearts of young people to live empowered conscious lives of passion. Making positive and life-lasting change through creating a sense of significance and belonging in everyone a Ripple Effect touches.
In the future, I will be giving every child the opportunity to learn effective communication skills, parenting skills, and other life skills that will help them move into adulthood. These are some of the Ripple Effects that will be implemented over time.
Tell us more about this very first Ripple Effect?
The Ripple Effect I am creating right now is the Very First Ripple Effect of 1000 Ripple Effects in total. This one is to strengthen the financial position of the community. A strong financial position allows families to live freely, take care of their health, and have fun in life. With money, they can change their entire lives.
“Money is the foundation for everything we want to do in life. Money is the starting point.” ~ Stacey Huish
I ran parenting skills training for 20+ years on a donation basis. Everybody paid whatever they could afford. My heart has always been in making sure families had the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed. During those teaching years, it was made clear. There was one thing that truly made the difference to every family. Every family I taught had it. Some families had more and some families had less. But it was the the deciding factor for everything they wanted to do and how they did it. This one thing made every family decision easy and hard.”
Now they had the tools to succeed as a family, they needed the money.
The path to money is an individual journey. During my teaching years, I watched many families constantly struggle on a daily basis to make ends meet. Parenting skills was not the only thing families needed. To help them strengthen their financial position, I draw upon my business knowledge. Having successfully grown 6 start up businesses, showing others how to Make Money has been a major part of my success. I am passing down my knowledge to them. Giving them the skills needed to strengthen their financial position.
Just like the Thank You Ripple Effect with bus drivers, I am hoping that strengthening the financial position of the community will also continue to make a difference for years to come. A Ripple Effect that leaves a lasting legacy in the hearts of many.
Why are you focusing on the stay at home mums?
Because mums deserve to be supported
Because mums are doing the most important work.
Mums are there 24/7 looking after the children. Mums are everything for their kids. Mums spend all their time teaching, leading, guiding them, caring for them, comforting them and most importantly loving them.
I have a real soft spot for mums. Having been a mum to over 30 kids myself... My heart always goes out the mums.... some days they do it tougher than other days....
I do have to say this....
To all the mums out there.... thank you for wanting to be a mum. Thank you for not giving up on your children from the get-go. For being there from the initial cry, to the cry over a scraped knee, from the first word to the first day of the school, and from the first time you held your child to now, as you swear to never let them go. You are a true inspiration, and your light shines through your children. You deserve a thank you every day, for you chose to never give up, you chose to love.
My vision: To Strengthen the Financial Position of the Community
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How to Try—A Six Part Blog about Pushing Past Fears to Live a Bigger Life
By Kerri Davidson
(1,000 Ripples Video Link: https://youtu.be/_PIMkiEWCzs) (www.kerridavidson.com)
Part I: Scuba Diving in a Volcano
I learned how to scuba dive because I didn’t want to throw up on a boat.
I was on a five day yoga retreat in Santorini, Greece, staying in a crisp white villa perched on the edge of the caldera, overlooking water an impossibly bright blue. It was idyllic and peaceful…that is, until the final excursion.
The whole group was scheduled to go on a dinner cruise. Great idea, right? Everyone was excited, except for me, after reenacting The Exorcist on a boat tour on a previous yoga retreat, I decided to stay behind. No amount of Dramamine could reverse the power the ocean’s current had on my stomach and I didn’t want to sully that blue water (or my fellow yogis) with my “reimagined” dinner.
I felt a little left out and didn’t want them to return with great stories of their aquatic adventure and my only event to report was even tan lines, so I asked the concierge for ideas. She outlined a few options and, because I get snorkeling and scuba diving confused, I ended up loading into a van of strangers and riding down a cliff to the mouth of a dormant volcano ready to scuba dive.
I love to swim and was even on a swim team growing up, but somehow being underwater for more than a breath seemed like a ridiculously rash thing to do. Still, I wanted an adventure, so I sucked it up (literally) and squeezed into the loaner wetsuit. After our short scuba lesson, I grilled everyone on the beach who had ever gone scuba diving. Each assured me it was a completely survivable activity. I was skeptical, but you know, once you’re in a wetsuit there’s no getting out (seriously, it’s impossible to get out of those things!).
The instructor heaved an air tank on my back and I’m not even kidding I almost fell over backwards from its weight. He told me to lean forward a bit so I pitched myself until I was horizontal with the sand and trudged into the water.
We did some practice drills with the breathing apparatus to prove to ourselves that the instructor was not full of crap—we would, in fact, be delivered air, and we could retrain our minds to believe we could breathe underwater. Then we were off, gliding through clear water with the power of our flippers, losing the immediacy breathing normally gives.
I stuck to the instructor the entire time, it was disorienting underwater and easy to lose your bearings, but after awhile I was able to look around. He wanted us to see everything—he pointed out fish, little silvery schools slipping along beside us. We peeked at coral alive and waving, touched seaweed—there existed this whole underwater world I’d never experienced before. We explored our new landscape, laughing and amazed at what we’d been missing all our lives—what lay beneath the surface.
When we emerged a half hour later I was elated. Not only was I happy to survive the adventure, but I also discovered I was much braver than I ever imagined.
Three Things I Learned:
Me and My Scuba Dive Instructor on the Caldera after our dive
Other Blogs Written by Kerri Davidson
1) Part I: Scuba Diving in a Volcano
2) Part 2: Turn Your World Upside Down
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5 Ways to Create A Ripple Effect
By Stacey Huish 3rd August 2018
Creating a Ripple Effect starts with understanding what you do or say is going to have an unintentional effect or influence on those around you. So I ask you the question: What do you want people to know? What message do you have for them?
Once you have decided on what you want others to know, then the exciting part starts... How you get your message out there.
This is the single most important part of creating a ripple effect: How do you communicate your message?
Here are five ways to Create A Ripple Effect.
Step 1: Generate Good Content.
It always starts with good content.
Providing advice and sharing valuable content in your field is one of the fastest ways to build a reputation as an expert among your niche, and there is a variety of ways to get your message out there:
Newsletter: Publish a regular newsletter and invite customers to subscribe from your website. The newsletter content itself can range from helpful checklists, to a “Tip of the Week,” to a full-fledged monthly ezine. Whatever you create, be sure that it’s something of value (as far as your readers are concerned) and not just a promotional piece asking people to buy your product or service. If your newsletter content is honest, conversational, and helpful, it will allow your readers to get to know, like, and trust you — which is the key to building your reputation and your success. Once you’ve earned your readers’ trust, you won’t have to ask for a sale; they’ll want to buy from you.
Blog: For those who are full of knowledge and just itching to share it.... then start a blog — it doesn’t have to be its own entity; rather, it can live within a dedicated section on your website. If that seems daunting, periodically offer up your services as a guest blogger to companies and websites relevant to your field. The fact that someone else is willing to share your content adds to your credibility. Start by researching blogs (like The Huffington Post, Business Insider, and Forbes Women) in your field of expertise and find out if they accept guest submissions.
LinkedIn: LinkedIn, the professionally oriented social networking site, gives all members the opportunity to publish their own content, whether it’s original or repurposed. If your target market is active on LinkedIn, take advantage of this free resource.
Step 2: Build a Presence on Social Media.
72 percent of all Internet users are active on social media; that likely includes your target demographic. But does it include you?
Social media can be overwhelming, so start simple: Research or poll your customers to determine which social media outlet (think: Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, Pintrest) they are most active on and most frequently consult for product and service recommendations; then turn your attention there. Don’t try and tackle all social media platforms at one time. Just pick one and focus on it until you’ve built a following, then invite your followers to the next platform you explore.
Once you’ve picked the initial social media outlet you’re going to focus on, begin to build out your page and your brand identity, and post regularly. Facebook now allows you to schedule your posts six months in advance, and social media tools like Hootsuite allow you to schedule in advance as well. To begin, feature customer testimonials and any press mentions you have received. Customers also love to see behind-the-scenes activity, so don’t be afraid to pull back the curtain a bit and share what a day in the life of your business is like. People want to know there’s an actual person behind that website of yours!
If you’re not camera-shy, record a video on YouTube showing off your talents or, better yet, turn on your smartphone, and sign onto to live-broadcasting app Periscope, and share your expertise with the world in real time. YouTube and Periscope have both created overnight celebrities out of everyday people — Just look at Michelle Phan, the first woman to reach one billion views on YouTube (she recreates celebrity makeup looks), or YouTube’s Bethany Mota, who has more subscribers than Beyonce. And then there’s Periscope’s breakout star Amanda Oleander, a 25-year-old artist who became the medium’s “most-loved” user based on the number of “hearts” she’s earned from viewers.
Step 3: Be a Source.
Meet your new best friend: Source Bottle.
Professional journalists to connect with the public to obtain expert advice and quotes for stories they cover. Sign up with Source Bottle to become an expert and get your name out: It’s free to subscribe, and each day you’ll receive story pitches from journalists looking for sources.
There are a couple keys to maximizing your use of Source Bottle:
When you see a post that you want to respond to, send the reporter everything he or she requested in the initial email. By the time you send the standard, “I’m interested and I fit the bill for your article” note, someone else will have already sent the journalist an email filled with print-worthy quotes ready for publishing.
Once you provide the requested information, set up a Google Alert for your own name and company to track any press mentions. These journalists are focused on their stories and deadlines. In my own personal experience, there have been times when the reporters haven’t had time to circle back to let me know they used my content, and I simply came across it on my own.
Step 4: Utilise the Stage.
One of the best ways to Creating A Ripple Effect and getting your message out there is through speaking opportunities. To get started, volunteer to speak and share your message wherever you can, whether it’s at your local Chamber of Commerce, Rotary or Lions Club or any professional club you are affiliated with.
Ask to be a speaker at industry events.
Once you’re comfortable in front of a crowd, you might even consider applying for a local TEDx Talks .
Step 5: Interviews
We still have more ways for you to get your message out there. Being interviewed on podcasts, radio shows and even TV shows. Utilise everything that is available to you.
Or better yet, you can start your own show in a few easy steps and launch it.
Whether you share your expertise through the written word, on stage, or behind a microphone, creating a Ripple Effect gives you the added cache you need to spread your message in no time.
I am going to blog and document the journey of creating 1000 Ripple Effects across the world.