Ten Ways to Change the World in Your Twenties

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WHAT KIND OF WORLD DO YOU WANT TO LIVE IN?

Throwing a party. Preparing a meal. Sending an email. These are things you do all the time. How can they really make a difference? Ten Ways to Change the World in Your Twenties shows how to transform these everyday activities into world-changing events: Throw a party with a purpose. Prepare a sustainable meal. Send an email to your representative.

An inspiring collection of ideas that can make the ...

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Overview

WHAT KIND OF WORLD DO YOU WANT TO LIVE IN?

Throwing a party. Preparing a meal. Sending an email. These are things you do all the time. How can they really make a difference? Ten Ways to Change the World in Your Twenties shows how to transform these everyday activities into world-changing events: Throw a party with a purpose. Prepare a sustainable meal. Send an email to your representative.

An inspiring collection of ideas that can make the world a better place, this book taps into the potential of an energetic, influential generation and lights the path to shaping tomorrow by:

  • Digging into what you love
  • Volunteering in ways big and small
  • Supporting political actions that reflect your values
  • Leading an eco-active lifestyle
  • Simplifying and reducing your footprint
  • Using your buying power to encourage better business practices
  • Eating well locally
  • Hosting a party with a purpose
  • Exploring the world through environmentally responsible travel
  • Turning your passion into a vocation

With a rating scale based on the time, money, and lifestyle impact required, and peppered with true tales of twentysomethings who've made an impact, Ten Ways to Change the World in Your Twenties provides resources and opportunities for you to use your talents to help create a history we can all be proud of.

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"Everywhere I go around the planet, I find young people, fresh from college, leading the new green movement. With savvy and heart, they're making a real difference—and as this book shows, you can too!"
Bill McKibben | 350.org

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402221095
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Pages: 324
  • Sales rank: 1,003,072
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Libuse Binder
Libuse Binder (Seattle, WA) is a freelance writer, teacher, and blogger for Weekly Way and Earth 911. Formerly in film production, Binder is now focused on energizing the next generation of adults for a life of activism and engagement in the issues that matter most today. Her passions include the environment, volunteerism, public policy, and social networking technology.
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Excerpt from Chapter 1: Ways to get Excited and Involved

Discover Your Unique Viewpoint by Exploring the Resources around You

In the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.
- Barack Obama

In This Chapter:

  • Jump-Start Your World-Changing efforts
  • Be an Informed Activist
  • How to Look for Third-Party Credibility
  • Ideas for Investing in the Future
  • Ways Guide to Getting Involved right Now
  • Ready to Do More?

JUMP-START YOUR WORLD-CHANGING EFFORTS
As we stand at this crossroads, it is clear that the tide is swiftly turning toward hope, action, and a collective interest in a better world. With record youth-voter turnout in the 2008 election, we see that change as the result of our actions is possible, and we are energized and excited about this potential. So what are your goals, exactly? The answer for everyone will be different, but now is the time to embark on explorations about how to spend your valuable time on this planet. Seize this moment to choose your own adventure.

As soon as people hear about this book, the most common (and heartening) question is, "What can I do?" My response is always, "What are you interested in?" Changing the world is deeply personal; at its core it is the quest to identify what matters most to you. What do you want for yourself, your community, and for the world? Do you want to help children learn to read? Do you want to save monkeys? Do you want to help fight malaria? Do you want to teach monkeys to read or fight malaria? Your options are limited only by your willingness to believe in your ability to make a difference. To be sure, many of you are grappling with circumstances that limit you in some practical sense, whether they are financial burdens, health restrictions, or time constraints that you do not fully control. I am not here to deny that such realities exist, but as you will see throughout this book, people of all stripes and backgrounds have been able to do remarkable things despite, and sometimes because of, these obstacles. So while I can't tell you exactly how to go about changing the world, I can offer many suggestions to help you answer these questions by finding interesting and creative ways to start exploring your most precious inheritance: the world.

Get the Ball Rolling
This business of "making a difference" often seems overwhelming, and the information superhighway can often lead to a feeling of overload. Every day I wade through the barrage of news from around the world and action updates from the charities that I support. Like many of you, I often find that the volume of statistics and anecdotes available in my inbox, mailbox, and living room is staggering. My stack of books and research is now so tall that my husband uses it for cover when he sneaks off to play video games. From global warming to poverty and disease, the list of challenges we face seems to grow faster than we can track.

But within this confluence of good intentions, fluctuating priorities, and shortages of time, it is important to remember (and I will continue to remind you) that we have already taken the first step: we care. I wouldn't have started writing my Weekly Way blog and this book—and you wouldn't be reading this book—if that were not the case. One of the best aspects of being in your twenties is increased autonomy: what you do with your day (or at least part of it) is up to you, so start making proactive decisions about how you will spend it. Besides, doing what you love now could help prevent a midlife-crisis freak-out when you're fifty. In an effort to avoid overwhelming you, here goes: Just start. Go ahead and pull the trigger! Too many people spend too much time getting ready or aiming.

Begin by using the rating system in this book to help you find the most convenient suggestions these chapters have to offer. Take a simple action or two every day or a few times a week, even if you don't think it matters much. Don't worry, I will spare you the corny talk about how a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step, or how a waterfall begins with a single drop, or how, by working together, a school of tiny piranhas can skeletonize a cow. Still, even babies must crawl before they run, and they have to get up off their little bellies to do even that much.

Once these actions become second nature and you develop some momentum, you will probably find yourself looking for more to do and learn. But consider this your fair warning: knowledge and activism, like power, Facebook, and Sour Patch Kids, are addictive, so be prepared for a life of personal growth and positive contributions to your local or global community. While the world has occasionally changed in enormous and rapid ways (ask the dinosaurs), most big changes are the product of millions of little changes. You are one of those millions, and the momentum of your efforts is what will keep the changes coming. Get started by trying a few or all of the ideas detailed later in this chapter, see what works best for you, and let me know how it goes.

BE AN INFORMED ACTIVIST
Not the pompous, condescending kind but the wise, gentle kind, like Yoda or Gandalf, who seem merely to be reminding people of what they already know to be true. After all, nobody likes to be told what to do, but if presented in the right way, a gentle suggestion about recycling or purchasing socially responsible products is almost always welcome among friends.

Before preaching to the choir or converting the heathens, you actually need to know what you are talking about. A crappy argument is an unconvincing one, and while personal insults and sarcasm might be a self-satisfying form of entertainment, neither will do much to move an issue forward. If you want to effectively influence people, advocate for a cause you care about, or enlighten someone about green consumption habits, volunteering opportunities, or energy-efficient practices, you'd better do your homework first. There are many ways to fire up those neurons, and there are endless issues to explore. Don't panic. Start slow and stay true to yourself. You will find the path and actions that are right for you.

Listen
At the core of any good dialogue is not the ability to talk louder than your colleagues in discourse; rather, it is the ability to listen calmly to diverse perspectives. Be curious, because the day you run out of curiosity is the day you start to become boring to the rest of us. Ask questions about the world around you, and pay attention to the answers.

You can always learn more by listening to other points of view, especially those you disagree with. It is hard to find common ground without understanding where people are coming from. Spend as much time as possible listening to what other people have to say, even when you are sure of your stance. After all, if you are going to bring a message to people, understanding and appreciating their positions is the first step in persuading them to accept yours.

The more you listen to differing points of view, the more clearly you will be able to articulate your own. Pay attention to yourself, your local community, and the world around you. Be open to change. The smartest people in the room are often the ones with the least to say. They aren't talking because they are listening, and when they do decide to speak, you can bet everyone else will be paying attention.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction

1 Ways to Get Excited and Involved
Discover Your Unique Viewpoint by Exploring the Resources around You

2 Ways to Live, Give, and Thrive through Volunteering
Self-Discovery Need Not Be a Selfish Process

3 Ways to Be the Life of Your Party
Support Political Actions That Reflect Your Values

4 Ways to Be a Green Giant
Practical Ideas for Leading an Eco-active Lifestyle

5 Ways to Lose Waste Fast
Reduce Your Footprint and Simplify Your Life

6 Ways to Make Your Money Talk and Companies Listen
Harness the Power of Your Dollar by Supporting Ethically and Environmentally Sound Businesses

7 Ways to Eat What You Want Without Eating That
The Triumphs of Good Taste for the New Low-Impact, Seasonal Omnivore

8 Ways to Throw (or Attend!) a Party with a Purpose
A Step-by-Step Guide to Throwing Parties That Can Change the World

9 Ways to Travel Lightly (and Cheaply!) Everywhere You Go
Expand Your Horizons by Heading for…Well, the Horizon

10 Ways to Turn Your Passion into Promise
T urn Your Interests into Your Vocation

Conclusion Appendix Notes About the Author

Libuse Binder is a freelance writer, teacher, and blogger for Weekly Way and Earth 911. Formerly in film production, Binder is now focused on energizing the next generation of adults for a life of activism and engagement in the issues that matter most today. Her passions include the environment, volunteerism, public policy, and social networking technology.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2011

    Fulfillment after College

    After graduation I started to pursue a career in sustainable business. I knew that I would have to practice what I would preach, but didn't know where to start. Ten Ways gave me some very practical ideas to jump start my new career path. From the numerous books and movies, to alternative travel options, I have found living a sustainable life as easy as 1, 2, 10! The book is easy to follow and you can pick and choose what chapters interest you most. I was inspired by the personal stories of other twenty somethings' changing the world. Ms. Binder's book has left me empowered and confident that I too could change the world in my twenties.

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  • Posted January 24, 2010

    Representing the voice of twenty-somethings everywhere ready to improve our world.

    Libuse Binder's guide thoughtfully invites us to dabble and explore our creative energies in order to identify our true passions and values. The next step is figuring out how to make this voice heard! In Ten Ways, the author offers practical answers to everyday questions as simple as "Why should I recycle" to "What is the best way to let my politicians know where I stand?" Along the same lines, it cleverly assures us that our energy is most powerful when it is organized, therefore reminding us that the most important component is action!

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