I've been thinking a lot lately about the word "impact". We use this a lot when talking about international development, about programs, and even when talking about our personal contribution to the world. But I have to wonder where we get the indication/understanding that we are having a positive impact on the world. How do we quantify this- and then how do we qualify the numbers?
But without getting to formulaic- what does it mean to make a positive impact on someone's life? How do you come to the conclusion that your life, your actions, your words have taken someone from point A and moved them to point B or even C or D? How do you define good?
What's the baseline?
I'd love to hear your thoughts.