Editor’s note: The following is in response to “‘Bold goals’ required to propel Rockford to a best-of city,” by Georgette Braun, from the Oct. 13 Rockford Register Star.
By Chris Wachowiak
We need more than “bold goals,” we need bold moves!
This article yesterday by Georgette Braun about “the need for bold goals” got a quote from Gandhi going though my head: “Be the change you want to see in the world.” But with this one piece to add to it — “because if you do not create the change you want in this world, I promise you the world will change regardless and without your permission or impact.”
I guess my point is this: if we don’t create the change we want to see, we will be forced to see a change we had no role in … and that’s not OK with me.
I’m sick of reading or hearing about our rising crime rate, the lack of safety in our community and the rising poverty levels. I wish the paper and our community had a scanner for positive news to read every five seconds instead some new crime.
If you really want bold goals, then bold action is required, because what got us here today will not get us any further ahead. A change in course is required, and that means a change in actions and attitudes.
I hope for our sake, as Rockfordians, this “who’s who” of money and business prestige can do more than throw money at bad ideas … or worse yet, fund a study of what they should do with their time and money.
And if anyone in that group ever says “it wasn’t like this in my time,” or “that’s a crazy idea,” they should automatically be forced to kick in another grand. Consider it the “swear jar of progress for the wealthy.” Because some of the greatest innovations came from not looking back, but looking forward, and some of our greatest successes stemmed from crazy ideas.
The word “transformation” is a word that requires more than a removal of this “east and west” divide. It requires a removal of one’s cushy seats off those fancy chairs and getting in the mix and stirring the pot. Creating change will never be found in a plan, it will only be tested in action and implementation.
And please do not mistake this as an attack against well-established business people in our community. This is not an attack directed at them. This is just an overall frustrated perspective from a man desperately seeking more from this community than the reviews of the latest Grand Theft Auto game, or having someone ask me if I heard about that Rockford Scanner post. I just need more good news to outweigh the crap we seem to get an abundance of from many of our local sources.
Chris Wachowiak is owner of Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St., No. 110, Rockford. Read his blog at http://ChrisWachowiak.com. Do you know a 20-something who is doing something unique and should be recognized? E-mail Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell him who, why and how to contact them.
From the Oct. 16-22, 2013, issue