You want to change the world, but you are not sure where to start. First and foremost, remember that changing the world can mean so many different things. You can change the world in a big way, or you can do many small things. You have to think big, but manage your expectations. The most important thing: find a cause and get started.
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[ Edit ] Thinking Big
- Understand what is wrong. Read news and magazines. Ask questions. Extend your awareness as far as you can. The world is a wide and wonderful place, and you will not be able to change much unless you understand what is happening out there.
- Don't just read your local news – read news from other cities, other states, other countries. Read the opinions and accounts of people living all over the world.
- See documentaries and TED talks.  Listen to lectures. Focus on specific topic. Try to learn as much as you can.
- Identify specific problems. It's one thing to say that you want to change the world because you feel an imbalance. It is another to say: There is war in Palestine; there is a drought in California; there are people who die in refugee camps in central Africa; there are rainforests burning in Brazil; there are entire island nations in the Indian Ocean that are evacuated due to rising sea levels. There is much to change!
- See the world. Travel to foreign countries if you can and talk to locals about how they live. Visit people in your community who live differently than you – people who make more or less money; younger or older; that comes from another ethnic or religious background. Use the Internet to supplement and share your explorations. Try to drink in as much of this planet as you can. Learn to love it.
- You don't have to have much money to see the world. Think about how much you can experience just by walking the neighborhood or visiting a neighboring city. If you really want to travel, you can find a way.
- Try to learn from all experience. When you visit a foreign country, do not turn yourself away from the culture. Immerse yourself!
- If the idea of travel for the sake of travel seems too hedonistic, think about taking some kind of service trip. Volunteer to build houses or protect an ecosystem; join Peace Corps, Doctors Without Borders or any other international aid organization; WWOOF and help local farmers in a work / trade situation. Find a way to give back!
- Think about what you want to change. Try to find out the issues that matter most to you. Ask yourself what feels important. Maybe you want to spend your life fighting climate change, or cleansing slavery from the world or saving a species from the brink of extinction. You can change the world in a big way and you can change it in many small ways.
- There are many ways to change the world. You can change a rough stone to precious diamond. Just you have to find the way.
[ Edit ] Managing Your Expectations
- Ask yourself what it means to change the world. It is a great intention to be sure, and you can certainly find a way to make a difference if you have the will and the means to do so. However, it is important to remember that "changing the world" usually does not mean "fixing everything about the world." It usually means something more like "facing a problem and fixing that problem."
- Know that change will not happen overnight. Even the fastest and most crucial revolutions take months or years of basic work. Patience gives reward . Don't expect to change the world with a great, heroic act. Try to live your values every day, even if you do not see very noticeable change on a daily level. Work hard and don't give up. Be patient
- Even if your cumulative actions do not change the world, you can say that you lived a life you are proud of. You can inspire or teach others with examples. You may find that changes occur when you least expect it.
- Don't lose sight of your ideals. Be patient and intentional – but not for patience. Set realistic goals for yourself, but try not to lose fire in the details. Your desire to change the world is powerful as long as it burns in you.
- Think about your natural gifts. There is a quote, often (doubtfully) attributed to Pablo Picasso: "The purpose of life is to discover your gift. Life's meaning is to give it away."  Think about what you love to do: one thing that sets you off with passion, which consumes you, which keeps your focus for hours on the hint of a spark. Do it, even if no one else does. Find a way to share it with the world. 
- Think of all the different ways that people have changed the world. Nelson Mandela changed the world by fighting apartheid; Henry Ford by popularizing the car; Steve Jobs replaces personal computers; Gutenberg by inventing the printing press; Marco Polo by traveling widely and connecting cultures. You can get inspiration from someone else, or you can forge your own way.
- Read about people who have changed the world. Find inspiration in their stories. These people can be almost anyone you admire: not just Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Steve Jobs, Jr., but Bill Gates, Abraham Lincoln or Bill McKibben.
- Enter your dreams. Try to get to the root of the imagination in your head. What does it really look like in your mind to "change the world?" Is it to write a book, patent an invention, organize people, save a species? There are so many ways to make a difference in many different sizes. No doubt some of these paths will capture your imagination more than others.
- Remember you don't have to do it alone. Martin Luther King, Jr., made his marches and speeches with the help of hordes of passionate activists. JFK did not reject the Cuban missile crisis on his own – he did so with a brilliant board of ministers and advisors. John Lennon may never have helped so many people "imagine" without the rest of the Beatles. Live passionately and create gravity around your values. As you begin to gain momentum, you can draw other passionate people into your path.
- Organize a club or discussion group. Gather some of your friends to volunteer. Share your thoughts on social media and try to spread the word. Keep in mind that things can happen much faster if there are others involved.
- Libraries often let you use their facilities for free to start harmless, non-controversial groups. If you can't, check out the rental price of the community building. Or: simply host meetings in your home!
- Try to join an existing organization. Volunteer for a nonprofit, or donate to a charity or apply for a service program. If you do not know where to start, there are many good people who are already there and make a difference.
[ Edit ] Helping Humanity
- Volunteer or donate to charity. It's not just about working in a soup kitchen or visiting the old ones at home. Today, anyone can volunteer to do anything!  Contact the local volunteer organizations in your area and discover a cause you feel passionate about. Start a charity, donate money, support a charity, fundraise or be an advocate. 
- Don't donate to the first charity you come across. There are major differences in efficiency. If you want to make sure your money is used to save as many lives as possible, check out givewell.org. Choosing one of their most recommended charities is quick and easy, but you can also read about why they chose them if you are interested. Other possible websites are BBB Start With Trust or Charity Navigator.
- Buy a bracelet. They are all furious in Hollywood, with lots of celebrities playing the latest fashion accessory – a charity band. Not only do they look cool, they are cheap and a great way to do a little for your favorite thing.
- If you want to help developing countries, the best charities are helping people to help themselves. These do the best by enabling communities to strengthen and improve themselves. Examples of charities that work like this are Heifer International, Kiva or Free the Children. Educational organizations, like a laptop per child, are also good.
- Buy carefully. Companies are some of the most important and influential organizations in the world today. They are involved in, or in some way affect, almost every issue you can think of and can sometimes be even more influential than governments on these issues. Fortunately, you have opportunities every day to encourage companies to do the right thing. Every time you buy something you give your approval for any process in the production. Next time you are in the grocery store, take an extra look at the labels.
- Look carefully at your options. Ask yourself, "Do I want to support this type of business?" "Are the farmers or factory workers who did this well treated?" "Is this product being traded fairly?" "Is it healthy?" "Is it good for the environment?" "Does selling this product help support an oppressive political regime?"
- Participate in blood donations. Many countries (especially Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States) often experience record low blood levels and desperately need more people to donate. It only takes half an hour and doesn't hurt (much!).  Visit the Red Cross or United Blood Services for more information. 
- Become a lawyer. Talk about injustice in the world and engage your friends as well. Organize fundraisers to raise money for your chosen charity or cause. If you are unable to raise money, add your voice to those who are already campaigning to end poverty, war, injustice, sexism, racism or corruption in the world. Activism can begin at any age. Craig Kielburger was twelve years old when he became an activist for child labor rights. He continued, with his brother, to start Free the Children and Me to We.
- Become an organ donor. You don't need your organs when you are dead, so why not give them to someone who can use them? Save up to eight people's lives by placing yourself on the organ donor registry in your country.  Talk about the decision with your family and let them know your wishes.
[ Edit ] Helps protect and preserve your planet
- Recycle. It's not just hippies doing! Anyone can recycle, and today almost anything can be recycled – from magazines and plastics, to computers and old cell phones. Encourage your school or workplace to recycle and use recycled products. 
- Stop driving everywhere! You probably already know that vehicle emissions are bad for the planet. What you may not know is how you can reduce your emissions: Start going to nearby places. Use public transport whenever possible. You can also do things like biking at work instead of taking a car. If you need to use a car, consider buying one that uses a mixture of electricity (a renewable energy source) and gas or only electricity. 
- Reduce your impact on the planet. Reduce your harmful impact on the planet by reusing items and materials when you can, using green products, buying local food and items (supporting your local economy), and saving resources like water.  This will help protect the planet and provide a healthy environment for all people who will live on after us. 
- Help others do the same by educating them on how they can reduce their impact on the planet. Remember: don't be preachy or self-righteous. You do this to help the planet, not so that you can be smarter or better than your neighbor.
- Minimize your water use. Did you know that there will probably be a major water crisis in our lives? The problem is that we consume and use water faster than we can clean old and new water. Help alleviate this problem by taking shorter showers, being careful when washing dishes, not leaving water running when brushing your teeth, and generally paying attention to how you use water. 
- Another thing to avoid is to water your lawn in the summer. Collect and use gray water for this purpose, as it is very wasteful to use clean drinking water to water grass.
- Support animal welfare. All life should be appreciated if humanity is to advance in our quest for a better society. Spend time supporting animal rights, volunteering in your local shelter or donating to an animal welfare organization. Keep in mind that most pet suffering happens to pets, not pets. Most people forget this because they cannot see the animals they eat. Consider going vegetarian – it is healthier, helps the environment, reduces animal suffering and can actually be cheaper! If you can't imagine being a vegetarian, eating less meat works. Remember, it doesn't have to be a decision about everything or nothing. 
- However, do your research before donating to organizations like the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS for short), PETA or others big name companies; sometimes a large proportion of the money does not go to the animals. A good site for comparing charities is http://www.animalcharityevaluators.org/ Thu 1919900900. Do not buy animal feed for donations. Donating your money directly to shelter is much better, because shelter can get food cheaper in bulk and it is difficult to plan for donated goods. Promoting an animal for a short time is another great way to show your support for animals, and it costs little or no money to make!
[ Edit ] Help the People in Your Life
- Pay it forward.  Have you seen the movie? Well, just like Haley Joel Osment, you can help others by "paying it forward". Simply do something nice for 3 people (or preferably more and without restriction) without being asked, and in return, ask them to do the same with 3 more people. And so on and so forth. Imagine if everyone followed this and what kind of world it would be! 
- Don't consciously harm others. Imagine a society where not every single person seemed to hurt another person. You wouldn't have to lock your doors at night and self-defense would be a fairytale story. You may think that a person can make no difference. The whole world is just seven billion individuals. Just think, you can inspire someone to be like you and start a chain reaction!
- Laugh and smile! Many people believe that laughter is the best medicine you can have.  Not only that, but people who are happy are often more healthy and it is much more fun to be with!  Sharing a smile and a laugh with someone is easy, totally free, and maybe just make someone's day! When your happiness contributes to the happiness and well-being of other people and the planet, it is called sustainable happiness!
[ Edit ] Tips
- Do not limit yourself to this article. If you think of another way to change the world: do it!
- Remember there are problems that most people don't know about because mainstream news doesn't talk about them. There are still people who suffer long after the media stopped covering an incident. In Haiti, for example, many are still homeless from the January 2010 earthquake.
- Visit your Chamber of Commerce. Ask about local nonprofits to volunteer or donate to.
- Don't forget about individuals. Helping an elderly woman cross the street, keeping a door open and smiling are easy ways you can encourage someone to do the same. In the end, you can make the world a happier place through a chain of good intentions.
- Learn about your cause. If someone asks you a question, you want to know the answer.
[ Edit ] Warnings
- Do not become too obsessed. If you neglect yourself by your cause, you can prevent you from participating in future events.
- Make sure that when you donate you know exactly where the money is going. Make sure your information will remain private. There are many scams out there.
[ Edit ] Related wiki shows
- Change the world as an individual
- Change your world for God
- Make a positive contribution to the world
- Pay It Forward  [ Edit ] References
[ Edit ] Quick Overview
- ↑ https://www.ted.com/playlists/270 / small_ways_to_change_the_world
- ↑ http://quoteinvestigator.com/2014/06/16/purpose-gift/
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- ↑ https://www.epa.gov/ transportation-air-pollution-and-climate change / what-you-can-reduce-pollution-vehicles-and-engines
- ↑ https://wwf.panda.org/get_involved/live_green/
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- ↑ https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/the -kindness-blog / 2917-50-ways to pay-it-forward
- ↑ https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/articles/200504/laughter-the-best-medicine
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