Now, Rachel, these problems that you listed in your last post are huge! Gargantuan! How can I possibly make a difference in any of them, let alone a “substantial impact?”
We’re getting there. Chillax.
For each of the issues you’ve decided that you’re personally passionate about, there about 1,000 organizations out there that are doing good work in that area. You just need to find them and plug in. Like a cell phone on 10%. YOU can do almost anything when you're plugged in.
Think both nationally and internationally. Where are you connected? What organizations have you heard about that are doing good work?
Again, let’s stick to the top five for each of the five areas you're really passionate about. This may take some homework to fill out the list.
Here’s my list, as an example:
1. Women and Gender Equity
A. United State of Women
B. Domestic abuse hotlines and shelters in my area
C. Women for Women International
D. National Peace Corps Association Girls’ Education and Empowerment fund
2. Eliminating white supremacist terrorist cells in the USA
A. Southern Poverty Law Center
B. Life after Hate
C. Anti-defamation League
D. The Stop Hate Project
E. Do we really not have more than four organizations working on this? REALLY?
3. Eliminating child labor in W. Africa
A. Friends of Ghana and C’ote D’ivoire
B. Pencils of Promise
C. World Cocoa Foundation
D. NGOs on the ground in Africa
4. Increasing intercultural understanding
A. National Peace Corps Association
B. Peace Corps Alliance for Intercultural Understanding
C. Artist Exchange programs in my area
D. Church of Unitarian Universalists
5. Inspiring others to lead lives of service
A. United State of Women
B. Service Year Alliance
C. Peace Corps Writers and their stories
D. Americorps Alums
E. Unitarian Universalists
This is a pretty good list of organizations I have natural ties to, and /or within easy reach of me and my work. And yet, these organizations are making great progress on some of the issues I care about most, and working on those issues with them will directly help feed into meeting the Global Sustainable Development Goals I've previously identified as the top issues I want to work on. This is the method to my madness- connecting to organizations that are working on issues that are important to me, yet also feeding into a global vision of a better world.
We’re all part of a bigger whole - a planet of people just trying to make it all work. Just because your working at a local soup kitchen on the weekends doesn’t mean you’re not contributing to a bigger picture. Remember that when you start to become overwhelmed by the enormity of the world's issues and problems. Local action can mean global change and vice versa. We’re all connected to each other.