Matt Cooney

Social Entrepreneur & Social Worker

Our media-centric culture drowns us in negative energy, says social worker Matthew Cooney. It has become all too easy to get flooded by despair and get lost looking for causes to support. In answer to that, Cooney encourages us to think about what impact we can have as individuals and to make a commitment to our communities. Drawing on his own experience as Executive Director of the Brookline Teen Center, Cooney reminds us that local action can be a huge step forward and communities can make great advances by focusing on the things within their control. “Don’t get stuck on large ideas. Change starts small,” he says. And even small ideas can push boundaries.