This time of year it is hard to avoid the barrage of postings about New Year’s Resolutions.
Most of these are focused on ourselves. And don’t get me wrong, there is plenty for me to do to improve myself, but I got to thinking, what if we changed our perspective from that of ourselves to thinking about others?
What if each one of us decided to resolve that in the next year (or years) we'd commit ourselves to making a change… in the world?
I suspect we'd experience a nice side-effect of becoming a better person anyway. I think that many people don't realize how to go about doing important things in the world. But small changes accumulate and can make large differences.
An epiphany is an epiphany. Don't underestimate the power of an individual with a cause, a commitment, a passion, or an idea.
OK, so where do you start? That’s what I wondered, so I developed this card deck of “52 Ways to Change the World.”
The goal of this deck is to stimulate thought, to inform, and maybe even to inspire action. It is likely that you are the kind of person who would be interested in changing the world simply by the fact that you are reading this.
The web provides a remarkable resource and venue for connection and action. This deck provides only a sample of 52 sites relevant to the topics noted. Of course, there are many, many more and you can be certain that the number will only grow, but this gives you a place to start. If you'd like a deck, just download. They are set up to be duplex printed like a real deck of cards, but of course, the labor to do that is up to you, this is the content. Make up a few decks and give them to friends and see what happens.
At The Center for Global Initiatives (http://centerforglobalinitiatives.org/ ) we believe in the power of the small project. We provide you with the tools and help so you can change the world. We maximize technology and tools in order to augment brains (http://centerforglobalinitiatives.org/tools.cfm ).
We invented not only this Card Deck but also the concept of DIY Humanitarianism (http://centerforglobalinitiatives.org/diy.cfm) and we work as a contributory conduit made up of entirely of pro bono volunteers, with a shared vision of making a true difference in the world. It is our mission to develop and execute smart ways of doing good. Now, go be a threat to the status-quo.