The theme for Grenada’s independence celebrations this year is “Uniting our people, restoring hope for a brighter tomorrow”. It’s a great slogan but how can we translate it into actions?

There’s been a fair amount of criticism that the state isn’t doing enough to recognize the talents of its youth. Indeed Grenada’s government has been called upon to affirm its role as an incubator of the next generation of high-achievers.

Yet if we’re serious about making that “brighter tomorrow” a reality then perhaps we need to start by being the change that we want to see.

A wise man once defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results. Given the clearly identifiable need for a better future the burden also falls on us to start creating the desired alternatives.

And the need to take action has never been so pressing. Global financial papers, including the Economist have declared that  “Grenada’s finances are in an unholy mess, and threaten to push up poverty.”

Yet as the country’s former prime minister warned two years ago, “Our development challenge should no longer be solely a matter for aid donors or foreign investors.”

Grenada may be a small nation but it’s a country that punches above its weight. There are hundreds, if not thousands of Grenadians out there making a difference at home and among the diaspora.

Help share their stories to kick-start new conversations and, ultimately, strategies so that more of us can connect to create sustainable and effective ways to drive the island’s development.

The vision of the Grenada 40 project/movement is to see Grenadians empowered to effectively harness the island’s greatest natural resource – its people at home and abroad – to achieve positive social and economic change.

You know the young people who are making change happen. Perhaps their stories have never been told outside of their local communities.

Think about the impact that narrative could have and the opportunities that could be opened up when shared with a global audience. The power is in your hands.

This 40th anniversary year is a time for reflection but also for imagining new futures. Don’t allow this opportunity to go unseized by settling for business as usual. Send us your nominations!

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