Ripples of Hope

Our Strategy
By creating positive change on human rights issues affecting children in one area of a region of the country or world, we create momentum that eventually leads to broader wide-scale, systemic change in that region. These incremental policy reforms – even if it is in only one state or country – positions advocates to build on that success year-after-year. As we cultivate hope in every corner of the nation or world, we create a multiplier effect that emboldens child advocates and inspires policymakers to champion similar reforms which in turn creates more hope for future reforms.


The power of hope lies in its ability to inspire and cultivate further action. In a world full of darkness, hope is the flame that can light an infinite number of candles, and it is in the light of all of those candles that darkness is driven out. But it starts with a single candle.

The “Ripples of Hope” Theory of Social Change was conceived by President & Founder, James Dold, who first used the theory to help create national movements to fight human trafficking and end the use of juvenile life without parole. Year-after-year this theory radically transformed the way the nation responded to modern-day slavery and how it treated children convicted of serious crimes.