Is there anything you’d like to change in the world around you? Pick something that is important to you, and then think of something you can do, that will make a positive difference. Focus on thinking of an action that is realistic and easily doable. Then go away and put your idea into action.
Here are some steps we’d like you to think through, to develop your ideas. Share your answers with us to enter the Changemakers Competition.
Step 1: What is your big vision? This is a BIG positive change that you want to be part of. It should be something quite broad, like ‘eliminating poverty’, ‘achieving racial equality’, ‘improving wellbeing’, ‘creating more sustainable economies’ or ‘improving education’. A big vision should reflect your values - like the value you place on fairness, generosity, responsibility, love, respect, or connection.
Step 2: What is your goal? This is a smaller outcome that you can work towards, that contributes towards the big vision or aim. It might be something like ‘improve access to healthy food in my neighbourhood’, ‘reduce bullying in my school’, or ‘reduce racial harassment on buses’.
Step 3: What actions will you take? What actions will you do, to achieve your goal? If you’re trying to persuade people of something, remember the power of personal stories. Can you share a personal story to help other people understand the importance of the issue? For instance, you could plan to create a video interviewing somebody affected by bullying, and share it on social media to raise awareness. Be sure to choose activities that are realistic with the resources and time that you have.
Step 4: What is the reasoning behind your idea? This is where you explain how it all fits together. Why have you chosen this activity, to achieve this goal, to contribute to this big vision? Be sure that every step is consistent with your core values - the motivations that you think are most important and that should guide you in what you do.
Step 5: Can your idea be improved? Think through counterarguments - Is this a good use of your energy? Are there other things you can do instead, that would achieve more positive change more quickly? Might people from other backgrounds see things differently? Are there criticisms people could raise? Try to work through possible objections. How might you respond? You can either reply to the counterargument, or change and improve your idea in response.
Step 6: Go and do your changemaking activity, and let us know how it goes! - We would love to hear about what you do.