So why the name Shapers, Makers, Builders and Breakers?
I was searching for a name for- and classification that would cover all the different characteristics of people and topics that I felt are relevant and necessary to discuss in my new podcast. I toyed with the idea to call the podcast “Shapers”, but it seemed very narrow in its scope, so I Googled it, and I came across an article by Sonja Sadovsky entitled “Shapers, Makers, Builders and Breakers.” It was perfect! Her article and description were in a religious context, but it was perfect as a podcast title! It gave me a simple classification that was broad enough to describe most (if not all) the individuals that significantly “move the needle” in our world.
I’VE EXPANDED ON THESE DEFINITIONS, TO EXPLAIN THE CLASSIFICATION AS FOLLOW;
They are a vital part of our society. They make sure we do not become complacent with how things are done. They drive our thinking forward, and more often than not, are only recognised for their contributions after they have passed on.
So these are the categories in which I will group my guests in this podcast over the first season. I have observed that people often have 2 of these traits present in their characters, usually a dominant and a secondary quality. Muhammad Yunus as an example is both a Builder (primary) and a Breaker (secondary – through his activist work to empower people in his native Bangladesh economically). Some may argue he is a primarily a “breaker”.
I hope that we will get insight into the characters of the Shapers, Makers, Builders, and Breakers in order to apply their wisdom to our own lives, our workplaces, our communities, and countries.
Rene Descartes once famously said; “The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.” My hope for this podcast is that it will be one step closer to the present through technology to “have conversations with the finest minds alive today.”