You want to make a difference in the world, but don't know where to begin. Now you can. Here is just the guide to lots of exciting ways that are more personal and fun than merely writing a check. For every day of the year, 365 Ways to Change the World is packed with information and ideas that don't take a lot of special skills to put into action, but will achieve something positive:
• Observe a "Buy Nothing Day"
• Plant a "peace pole"
• Sew a panel for an AIDS memorial quilt
• Collect rainwater to water your plants
The suggestions cover twelve important areas in which you can influence change, including in your local community, as a consumer, making a cultural contribution, and addressing problems such as the environment, health, and human rights. You can go through the book day by day or use the index to flip to the issues that concern you most; to help you take action, a complementary website links straight to many of the sources listed in the book. Great to give as well as to keep, this is an inspiring, practical resource for making the world a better place -- one day at a time.
For the activist hunting down fresh inspiration or the beginner looking for a place to start, the founder of the UK's Centre for Innovation in Voluntary Action provides this practical, inventive idea-a-day guide that takes on big issues-peace, health, the environment and others-with the belief that "a lot of people doing a lot of little things could have a huge impact." Though it's hard, in a list of 365, to avoid rehashing some old tricks (as acknowledged in March 16's entry, "Plant another tree"), the majority is impressively fresh: the entry for February 11 explains how to get wood-working tools to Africans who need them; August 3 outlines the "Hello, Peace!" project, which provides free phone calls between Israelis and Palestinians who want to discuss peace; April 16 teaches readers how to use their computers to fight AIDS while they sleep. Some ideas are more involved , while others encourage critical self-examination . The approach is decidedly progressive, the research is top-notch and each entry is crammed with information, making this a great companion for those who want to start changing the world immediately. Illustrations.