How will you Change the world this year?

Be­ing a Mil­len­nial, you al­ready in­flu­ence oth­ers—but do it with in­tent and you can make a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence.

Cosmopolitan (Philippines) - - News -

Be­cause you to­tally can—and should

Mil­len­ni­als are nat­u­ral change agents.

“They’re tired of peo­ple say­ing how bad the world is. Their at­ti­tude is ‘I’ll be part of the change,’” says Ni­cola Cooper of Flux Trends in South Africa. And ac­cord­ing to Vega Univer­sity’s Greg Tre­go­ning, “Tech­nol­ogy has ex­posed them to much more about our planet and peo­ple than pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions, and Mil­len­ni­als are con­fi­dent they can make a mean­ing­ful dif­fer­ence.” So you want to change the world—and you know you can do it. But how best to do it this year?

1 FIND FO­CUS

What blows your hair back, or makes you mad or sad? Are you a lover of na­ture and a nat­u­ral-born ecow­ar­rior, or a hater of gen­der violence and the ef­fects of poverty? “Activists are driven by pas­sion,” says Jes Fo­ord. Gang-raped at 21, she launched the Jes Fo­ord Foun­da­tion. Six years later, she’s opened a coun­sel­ing, sup­port, and com­mu­nity uplift­ment cen­ter and runs projects to raise aware­ness about rape. What moves you? Is a col­league be­ing bul­lied at work? A river near you pol­luted? Kids or pets ne­glected? Get ac­tive.

2 BONE Up

Check on­line what’s al­ready be­ing done—both na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally. Where can you most ef­fec­tively fit in as a vol­un­teer? A branch founder? The in­sti­ga­tor of an ini­tia­tive of your own? What ex­ist­ing re­sources can you ac­cess—mail­ing lists, re­search re­sources? If start­ing some­thing new, break it into small steps, says Fo­ord. Use so­cial me­dia to find like-minded oth­ers for help or sup­port.

3 AU­DIT YOUR­SELF

What skills, re­sources, time do you have to give? And what’s your style? Do you see your­self as a rad­i­cal ac­tivist, lead­ing protests and lob­by­ing politi­cians? Or are you a re­formist, us­ing the tools of democ­racy to qui­etly cre­ate change from within? Write down your goals and your vi­sion.

4 UP­SKILL

Read all you can about your cause on­line, and in books or pe­ri­od­i­cals. Find out about dif­fer­ent ways of pro­mot­ing it, from blog­ging to e-mail­ing ed­i­tors or politi­cians and rais­ing funds. Start small (a raf­fle, a neigh­bor­hood cleanup). Write a de­tailed plan. Reach out to other change-makers in your field as men­tors—find them on­line.

5 BRACE Up

Ac­cept that mean­ing­ful change can take time, says Fo­ord. Ex­pect set­backs and op­po­si­tion. Use your pas­sion—and pos­i­tive peo­ple— to help you per­sist. “Find them—to work with or just to cheer you on.” Cel­e­brate small vic­to­ries with them, and never give up.

Will you be the change

you want to see?

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