Dannielle Blumenthal

I figure out what people are good at and then empower them to do it – currently, as Director of Digital Engagement at the National Archives (all opinions my own).

What has been your most notable rebel accomplishment or experience?

Helping to eliminate the old-fashioned idea that you success means keeping information to yourself. In a collaboration economy, you are valued for your effectiveness at sharing valuable information – appropriately – at just the right place and time.

When did you first realize that you are a rebel?

When I was in summer camp and was happier doing my own thing – painting, playing tetherball, doing ceramics and hanging out with my mom, the camp nurse – over trying to fit in with the cool kids.

What advice do you wish someone had given you earlier in your career?

I wish someone had told me to expect to feel alone a lot. To be a rebel by nature means that you will always stand a little bit apart, even when your ideas are accepted as valid.

What is your favorite rebel characteristic?

Un-shockability – when nothing surprises you anymore.

What’s your favorite question?

Why?

What one clue tells you you’re effecting positive change?

The vibe that people are happy. You can feel it in the air.

What do you think it’s most important for people to understand about rebels?

That we are the “good witches,” so to speak. Our advice might hurt, but we are motivated by the desire to help in a way that generates positive results.

What’s your one word piece of advice for rebels?

Have compassion for other people – they may appreciate you, but they likely don’t understand where it is you’re coming from.

What’s your one word piece of advice for non-rebels?

Don’t be so quick to judge. Try to listen to the message underneath the words.

Where do you think rebels are most needed today?

Eliminating poverty, and the systematic oppression of women and children.

Who is your favorite rebel from the past 100 years?

Madonna, because she challenged every idea about women, femininity and power that I can think of.

What’s the one thing you should never say to a rebel?

“Don’t you dare.”