Practitioner in international affairs and development, RSF Canada co-founder, OBAT USA vice-president
Dr. Shujaat Wasty is a practitioner in international affairs and development, fellow with the Royal Society of Arts, co-founder of RS Foundation, vice-president of OBAT Helpers, and a member of the Leadership Council at the Institute for the Study of International Development at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
We are presented opportunities everyday to make a difference in the lives of those around us, near or far, through our actions, time, or money. Whether we embrace that opportunity is up to us and, evidently, even the smallest of gestures or actions can veritably snowball into lasting results.
From a very young age, my parents taught my siblings and I, through instruction and example, that doing even a little can lead to a lot. But what initially felt like a pointless, mind-numbing activity became a valuable exercise in developing understanding and empathy.
For every tragic incident in the world today, there are countless more women and men humanitarians -- changemakers -- making the world a better place in their own respective capacities. Light is more potent and powerful in effacing darkness; let's each of us resolve to spread more light around us, in our communities, and throughout our world.