In the last 5 years or more, the word change was in my opinion massively overused by conference speakers, journalists, researchers, and heavily by politicians. Consumed by youth, the term referenced in many ways to other sub-synonyms such as uprise, overthrow and revolution. The question was never a matter of cultural or intellectual shift but a more political move to an uncertain or unknown future.
It is always important to define words. Only then the full sense of a sentence would be clear. According to Oxford online dictionary, the word change means to ‘ Make or become different’. If you look at the business and legal meaning of the same word, you would find absolutely the same statement: ‘Make or become different’. Thus, it suggests that anyone who has the will to ‘change’ should opt for a whole new order. At this level, we are not confident enough on the embodied concept and feel threatened. Indeed, the word ‘change’ has a high level of uncertainty when used to refer to the future. Quite negative, it leaves little information about how ‘change’ should be done and what would be the outcome.
In most all of the conferences I’ve recently been, that WORD was exaggeratedly voiced out to the audience. 17 was the number of times a speaker in a TEDx conference uttered the word ‘change’. I think by repeating things, people absorb quickly new concepts and start using it. Therefore, the more frequent your public is exposed to it, greater are your chances they will accept it.
I’d rather listen to someone who would talk about improvement rather than change. I think when someone speaks about improving our life, I assume that there is a through plan that needs everybody’s contribution. A more comprehensive, context related action which focuses on results without undermining the procedures. So next time you use one of the above, be aware that they do not mean the same and their impact is different.