"At Create Change, we believe that change is created by visionaries who can capture the hearts and imaginations of people."
The world is changing, let’s meet this change bravely. Often the people on the top of our news feed – divisive politicians, scandalous executives, click-bait influencers – are not the people who truly create change in the world. At Create Change, we believe that change is created by visionaries who can capture the hearts and imaginations of people. Among these visionaries are innovative artists who have a unique ability to see culture as a means to address the great social challenges of our time.
Co-founded by musician Nathan West, East of Eli actress Chyler Leigh, and graphic artist Angelo Lagdameo, Create Change’s mission is to use our solutions-based platform to post thought-provoking articles, provide a safe space for community discussion, and highlight and financially support non-profits and ground-swelling cultural movements working on positive reform that our world needs today.
Providing support to other organizations seeking to make positive impacts in the world is something we care deeply about. Some of the groups that Nathan, Chyler and Create Change have supported include St. Vincent’s School for visually-impaired students, Sightbox, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, the Brady Campaign to end gun violence, and To Write Love On Her Arms, among others.
One issue we’re especially passionate about is mental health. We understand how critically important it is in our daily lives, and we’ve supported several mental health related initiatives recently, including our Create Change #OperationBlackout challenge. Technology addiction is a serious problem for people of all ages, and it’s the cause of incredible stress for many. Earlier this year we encouraged our Create Change community to take a break from social media for a weekend and focus instead on other activities that bring comfort, serenity and joy. The response was overwhelming, and many people have told us they’re making it a regular practice to step away from technology at least one day a week.
Other mental health topics we’re very sensitive about are suicide ideation, self-harm and loss from suicide, which are serious issues within our community. We aren’t healthcare professionals, but we do want to help provide resources for our members, so we’ve started crowdsourcing information in a new Create Change Forum, with subtopics on Crisis Lines, Finding a Therapist, Self-Care and Knowing the Signs.
We’ve also published several articles dealing with mental health in the C-Pulse section of our website. Our members have many unique experiences, challenges, and perspectives. We love sharing their stories in hopes they will comfort and inspire others in our community.
At the end of the day, we believe in generating compelling content and unvarnished perspectives, by looking beyond the surface of the celebrity headlines and trending hashtags, to learn how artists/activists are using their talents creativity and personal brands to raise awareness for social responsibility, and how they are finding solutions that will make a positive impact on our world in a real and tangible way.