Changing the world isn’t about a single, grandiose act, it’s about the unglamorous, day-to-day stuff. Jessie Mawson gives you 10 small things you can do today to make the world a little better for everyone.
1. Spend your money wisely
Money makes the world go round, but it doesn’t do so through excess spending.
But if you want to change the world, spending your money will be one of the things you will be required to do.
And how do you spend this money?
You do so by empowering other human beings.
But when attempting to do so make sure you apply wisdom; because there are those who will squander that money and fail to achieve the change you intended.
2. Know what people are doing with your money.
It’s a nice idea to leave your money in people’s custody or empower those who lack the financial base.
But when you are doing so, try to find out what these people are doing with your money.
If you are saving your money in a bank, you also need to know how they are investing it and the income you are getting from it.
3. Help charity with a percentage of your income.
The world is really unkind, that;s why so many people end up on it without a family.
And one thing you can do to change the world is to commit to giving a set percentage of your annual income to charity; 1% to 10% is ideal.
Make sure you carry out some research to help you decide which organisations are going to receive your donation.
5. Avoid buying everything new.
It’s easy to be fooled into thinking you need the newest, shiniest thing.
But, the truth is, abandoning your phone, for instance, for a new one each year will be very expensive and a waste; because you could have still continued using that particular one.
At age almost-30, I’ve owned three mobile phones. Ever. So do like I do and wear your daggy phone like a badge of honour. (And when you must upgrade, donate/recycle your old gadgets).
6. Use the interwebz for good.
A t one time or another we are all guilty of wasting a lot of time online, either between the Facebook stalking or the Bieber memes.
But you need to balance this out by doing some good.
The best place you can start is on the Amnesty website, where you can take action for people who need your help.
Get involved in Human Rights campaign and join others defending brave people around the world.
Volunteering isn’t just great for the people you help out, it makes you feel awesome!
Some of the best fun I ever had was spending my Saturday mornings at SAIL in Melbourne, helping Sudanese refugee kids improve their literacy skills.
Wherever you are and whatever you’re good at, there are ways to volunteer in your local community.
The Do Something Near You and Go Volunteer sites are a good place to start.
8. Write a letter to your local member of parliament
Pollies often get a bad rap. But the truth is, most people in public office are truly interested in making life better for their constituents.
But, too often, they only hear from billionaires and lobby groups, instead of ordinary folk like us.
So make the most of Australia’s democratic system. If you feel strongly about something, write to your local member.
9. Love food, hate waste. And recycle.
This Hungry Beast video makes me want to cry.
That’s why I do everything possible to avoid wasting food. The NSW government has collected some good tips, tricks and recipes on the Love Food Hate Waste website.
And remember – world-changers always use their green bags. (Tim Minchin said it best).
10. Stand up to everyday injustice
Human rights aren’t just something you should believe in – they’re something you should do. For me, this video from Amnesty Belgium is an amazing reminder to live my values.
It may not get us remembered as a human rights hero like Mandela or Malala – but I reckon it’s stuff like this that really changes the world.