It doesn’t matter what the issue is, we can all activate positive change. Change takes time, consistency, and enough people doing the work to make a difference. You are one, but you are powerful!
First, read the research and data and listen to those who are experiencing the negative effects of the change you want to contribute to. Never stop learning as new information is released all the time. Depending on the topic, you may need to gather local, nationwide, and global data.
Next up, it’s time to see where your life does not fully align with the change you want to support. We all have areas of opportunity but sometimes we forget to check if we are living up to our own standards and intentions. Some things will be blaring, such as the lack of diversity and inclusion in your social circle. Some things will be harder to spot, such as how we stereotype others based on their skin color, physical appearance, or gender. Some things you will have to be selective about, such as green living—you want to go green, but still want to live a modern life.
You may already be voting on behalf of the positive change you support, but now it is time to do more. Here are a few ideas:
- Write your elected officials
- Make a one-off or ongoing donation to a charity—even $1
- Give non-cash donations
- Campaign for an official
- Advocate for diversity and inclusion in your office, community, church, and social circle
It is up to us to be the change we want to see in the world!