The Everyday Activist......
Published October 2007 by Boxtree (a PanMacmillan imprint), £9.99
The book suggests the following six steps to changing the world
Step 1: You can change the world. It’s people who will make the world a bit better or their community a nicer place to live in. Everyone can play a part. Be inspired by some people who have gone out and done something. If they can do it, you can too. Find out if you have what it takes.
Step 2: Decide to become an Everyday Activist. Give up apathy. That’s the biggest problem facing the world. Start by doing little things that will make a difference. Do lots of little things and you will begin to make a really big difference. Get into the habit of everyday activism. You will find that it will change you as well as change the world.
Step 3: What’s the problem? Now you’re beginning to get into the swing of things. The next step is to identify the problems that are really important to you… in your life, in your community, in your country, in the wider world. What ‘s bugging you? What do you want to see made better? And are you prepared to do something about it?
Step 4: Come up with a solution. If there’s a problem, there must also be a solution. Think creatively and come up with your very own world-beating idea for dealing with the problem. If you have a great idea, then making things happen becomes a whole lot easier.
Step 5: Go out and do something. Start your own project. Find others who will work with you to make something happen. It can be a lot of fun. You will make a difference, and you will make new friends. It could even change your life.
Step 6: World domination. Your project could become really successful. It could be replicated all over your country, perhaps even all over the world. You might even win a Right Livelihood Award or the Nobel Peace Prize. A great idea that meets a real need… oh, and a lot of hard work… that is all it takes!
The book also includes an Action Guide.
To run a successful project, you need to be well organised, you need to tell people about what you are planning and what you have achieved, and you need to mobilise all the resources you will need.
This book includes an action guide on how to get organised, how to communicate and how to fundraise.
Michael Norton OBE, changed the face of charity in the UK. Founder of the Directory of Social Change, the UK's lead agency for voluntary organisations, and CIVA, the Centre for innovation in Voluntary Action, he has set up street-children's banks in South Asia and, with Childline, a netwrk of phone help lines for street children in India.