Posted on September 8, 2008 by justlists
(ref: Be the Change, by Michelle Nunn pg. 243-270)
- If someone says they need money to get on the subway, I will swipe my subway pass for them and pay for their ride that way. (Allan Sih – NY, NY)
- So what if your Dumpster is closer than Goodwill? Put that stuff in your car and drive it over there. It’s one of the easiest, quickest ways people can make a change. (Tamika Brown – Atlanta, GA)
- Help the elderly who live in your community with their house-hold chores, or take them to doctor’s appointments. (Yolanda Hilaire – Houston, TX)
- If you work in the Internet industry and you see that a nonprofit’s Web site needs work, call them up and offer to fix it for free. That’s a huge help that doesn’t involve you ever leaving your chair. (Joel Kunkler – Rochester, NY)
- Coach a local youth sports team. (Luke Higginbotham – Buchanan, VA)
- Talk to those no one else is talking to. Allow no one to be alone. (Zaid Jilani – Kennesaw, GA)
- Plant a tree. (Rachel Higginbotham – Buchanan, VA)
- When you are driving, let someone in if they’re trying to merge. (Janice Myers – Tampa Bay, FL)
- Be kind to animals. (Melanie Mantenieks – Chicago, IL)
- Pick up after your dog when you go on walks. (Susan Bowman – Charlotte, NC)
- I’m tall, so whenever I’m at the store and see someone who needs something off the top shelf, I get it for them. (Julia Clark – Worcester, MA)
- Ever day on my way to school I bring a trash bag and pick up all the trash on the path. It keeps the environment safe, and it’s a good habit to get into. (Becka MacDonald – Mission Viejo, CA)
- Offer directions to people who look lost. Be an ambassador in your city. (Melissa Bieri – NY, NY)
- Welcome someone new to your neighborhood. (Mickey Paxton – Buchanan, VA)
- Take care of the people around you, and they’ll take care of others. (Eric Silverstein, Los Angeles, CA)
- Plant flowers at your park. (Jessica Marshall – New Windsor, NY)
- Join a service-oriented civic club or start your own. (Amber Smith – Raleigh, NC)
- Listen. Take time to get to know the people around you. How many people do you really know? (Kim Wolfinger – Columbus, OH)
- Learn the first names of your acquaintances – neighbors, shop owners, servers, people who work for the same company … (Brad Kane – Sandusky, OH)
- I got in the habit of paying the toll of the person behind me … It’s fun to look at their reactions in the rearview mirror! (Liv Faris – Seattle, WA)
- Recycle everything possible, buy and eat organic as much as possible, use nontoxic dish and clothing detergent,… take your own bag to the market. (Stephanie Hisler – Tampa, FL)
- Tip a little extra when you go out. (Shannon Chettle – San Francisco, CA)
- Give a child a book. If I had all the money in the world, I’d buy every kid a book … (Sue Franzen – Tampa Bay, FL)
- Shake hands with and thank any veteran, of any war, that you happen to meet. (Corey Clark – Suwannee, GA)
- I’m a member of Amnesty International. They have a freedom writer’s component, where all you have to do is write a quick letter to someone about a political prisoner. So simple … and yet how meaningful and important it is for the prisoner to know that they are not forgotten. (Dr. Rachel McClement – Glendale CA)
- I am a member of Freecycle community, where you can post things you want and things you have to give away. It’s a great way to acquire things for free and give new homes to your unwanted possessions. (Amy Woidtke – Seattle, WA)
- Just giving a person a compliment can make their overall attitude change. This, in turn, might even make them treat others better. (Ann Munson – Pequot Lakes, MN)
- Adopt a dog, don’t buy one from a pet store. (Jen Alltop – Bay Area, CA)
- Look past uniforms and let people — the guy who’s repairing something in your home, or the woman who’s emptying your office’s wastebaskets — know that you see them as human beings. Thank them for their work. Look them in the eye. It makes people feel less like wallpaper. (Brenda Tran – Atlanta, GA)
- Help with a stranger’s flat tire. (Arielle Kass – Lawrenceville, GA)
This is an edited subset of the lists, other stories, and quotations contributed by hundreds of people across the United States that can be found in Be the Change! Change the world, Change yourself edited by Michelle Nunn, Cofounder and CEO, Hands On Network.
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Posted on September 3, 2008 by justlists
(ref: Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky, pg 72-80)
- Curiosity. The organizer is driven by a compulsive curiosity that knows no limits. “Curiosity killed a cat” has no meaning to the organizer.
- Irreverence. Nothing is sacred. The organizer detests dogma, finite definitions of morality, rebels against any repression of a free, open search for ideas.
- Imagination. It ignites and feeds the force that drives the organizer to organize for change.
- A sense of humor. Laughter is not just a way to maintain sanity but also a key to understanding life.
- A bit of a blurred vision of a better world. While working on his/her own small bit, an organizer can keep going with a blurred vision of a great mural where multitudes of others are also painting their bits.
- An organized personality. An organized organizer is able to be comfortable in a disorganized situation, rational in a sea of irrationality.
- A well-integrated political schizoid. An organizer can polarize an issue 100 to nothing and help lead his/her forces into the conflict while remembering there will come a time for negotiation and that in reality there is only a 10% difference between the two sides.
- Ego. There is an unreserved confidence in one’s ability to do what must be done.
- A free and open mind, and political relativity. An organizer becomes a flexible personality, not a rigid structure that breaks when something unexpected happens. In the political world, all values are relative. An organizer avoids disillusionment by not succumbing to illusion.
- Creating the new out of the old. New ideas come out of challenge to the sacred ideas of the past and the present and inevitably a conflict has raged.
The basic difference between the leader and an organizer:
- The leader goes on to build power to fulfill desires, to hold and wield power for purposes both social and personal. The leader wants the power.
- An organizer finds a goal in creation of power for others to use.
Also check out 8 Stages of Successful Social Movements
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Posted on September 2, 2008 by justlists
(ref: Amelia to Zora: Twenty-six Women Who Changed the World, by Cynthia Chin-Lee)
- Amelia Earhart (1897-1937) – pilot
- Babe Didrikson Zaharias (1914-1956) – athlete
- Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin (1900-1980) – astronomer
- Dolores Huerta (1930- ) – union co-founder
- Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) – first lady
- Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) – painter
- Grace Hopper (1906-1992) – computer scientist
- Helen Keller (1880-1968) – advocate for the disabled, women’s rights, and peace activist
- Imogen Cunningham (1883-1976) – photographer
- Jane Goodall (1934- ) – naturalist
- Kristi Yamaguchi (1971- ) – ice skating champion
- Lena Horne (1917- ) – entertainer
- Maya Lin (1959- ) – architect
- Nawal El Sadaawi (1931- ) – women’s rights activist
- Oprah Winfrey (1954- ) – talk show host
- Patricia Schroeder (1940- ) – congresswoman
- Quah Ah (1893-1949) – artist
- Rachel Carson (1907-1964) – environmentalist
- Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (1945- ) – democratic leader
- Mother Teresa (1910-1997) – servant of the poor
- Ursula Le Guin (1929- ) – writer
- Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit (1900-1990)- diplomat
- Wilma Mankiller (1945-), chief of the Cherokee nation
- Chen Xiefen (1883-1923) – journalist
- Yoshiko Uchida (1922-1992) – writer
- Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960) – anthropologist, writer
Cynthia Chin-Lee is an award winning children’s book author who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Read more about her.
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Posted on July 17, 2008 by justlists
(reference: The Kid’s Guide to Social Action by Barbara A Lewis)
“A universal feeling, whether well or ill founded, cannot safely be disregarded.” — Abraham Lincoln
“No one listens to me!” you might complain. But you can do something about it. You can collect other voices and create a louder noise — one that’s harder for people to ignore. Here are some ways to create an effective petition campaign.
*IMPORTANT NOTE* If you plan to take your petition door-to-door, never go alone. Always get a parent, teacher, or other adult to go with you!
- Most of the time you’ll use an 8-1/2″ by 11″ sheet of paper to describe the problem and collect your signatures. But sometimes your medium might also be part of the message. If the problem is for example, reducing waste in restrooms, you might collect signatures on a roll of toilet paper.
- Give your petition a title.
- Identify your group.
- Identify the official or agency that will receive your petition.
- Write a statement describing the problem you want to resolve or the plan you are proposing. This statement should be at the top of every petition page so that people can’t say they didn’t understand what they were signing.
- Provide blank lines for people to write…
class, grade, or group
school or hometown
address and phone number
- Number the signature lines for easy totaling.
- Remember to smile!
- Keep calm and stay polite with people who disagree with you. Never speak rudely
- Photocopy your signatures and keep the copy in a safe place. You may need the proof later!
- Present your petition to someone with the power to act on your idea.
Learn more ideas by reading The Kid’s Guide to Social Action by Barbara A Lewis
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