Disrupting Doesn’t Mean Destroying
Disruption can be a force of good that changes lives for the better. To do this it must move beyond shock-value, bypass simply breaking convention, and avoid destruction and vandalism.
There are numerous historical examples of individuals, groups, and even business’s choosing to interrupt the status quo in order to draw attention to rules, laws, and social practices which are discriminatory, damaging, or in need of being reworked.
In general, when any deviation from the accepted norms appears or is voiced, it is viewed by the majority, somewhere on the scale from suspicion to outright hostility. This is demonstrated in the case of past accomplishments such as outlawing child labour, extending the right to vote to women and achieving flight. It is seen in smaller shifts too, such as regulated working hours, use of automobiles, and placing computers in classrooms.
South Africa’s history is full of noteworthy, remarkable, and inspirational individuals whom have dared to disrupt to bring positive change! Extending the concept of positive disrupters out to include companies and social entrepreneurs let us zoom in on three positive disrupters at work in Gauteng currently.