Thursday, July 2, 2015
Big Little Change digest - July, 2015
Kiva web site and Uncommon Goods catalog are among my greatest sources of inspiration, because they often talk about people and group who started businesses and initiated fundamental changes in their communities with hardly anything at all. A sewing circle. A cooking club. A study group. It started small but, somehow, struck just the right chord with people in the community and grew into something the originators never even imagined. Another great example is the "surprise gift" initiative that sometimes circles Facebook. People commit to send surprise gifts to others who, in turn, commit to the same. So, what could you start today that would have a positive impact on your community - be it a real or a virtual one? It might not catch on. It might not "explode". But there has to be something you could launch today that could change someone's life for the better tomorrow. Big little stories - If you have a few shoe boxes lying around, save them - they make awesome shipping boxes for anything small. We like to use them for sending around home-made pickles, preserves and Christmas coffee cakes. - A different approach toward mental health. - We still have some awesome cops out there. - Pet shop owner goes beyond just selling pet stuff. - Learn to make paper airplanes, hats, boats, and frogs. It's the easiest and cheapest way to make friends with a child. - Strangers make certain a homeless man doesn't lose his money. - Maasai women lead a solar revolution.