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.

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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?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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