In 2017 came another major achievement. It was around reforestation, sanitation, waste management and improvement of civic infrastructure at Freetown. With careful planning and impeccable execution, the city became cleaner and greener. Drawing inspiration from her, the citizens also eventually displayed commitment to bring about change with the least resistance.
What stands out from Aki-Sawyyer’s interventions is that they were not complex and gargantuan; rather they were simple, relevant and impactful within their context. Simplicity, relevance and impact are necessary factors and considerations for any change management effort. Otherwise, it is less likely to take off.
Aki-Sawyyer concludes that the path of transformation through dissatisfaction doesn’t magically appear. Rather, it begins with the realization that things can be done differently, which can ultimately lead to a state of satisfaction.