This week, our featured blog is written by d'Arcy Lunn, founder of Teaspoons of Change and passionate advocate for global citizenship. Read on for tips to help your students and kids join the movement toward a more just world, one teaspoon at a time!
In the past 15 years and 90 countries of listening and learning from the world my challenge is how to put that richness into something to give back to the world that I have taken so much nourishment and education from… There are a variety of initiatives and programs I have started like building self-sufficient tiny houses, public and political advocacy for polio eradication and global citizen presentations, as well as supporting other good people doing good things, which I am now very proud to add Imprints Press to that list!
As a self-proclaimed global citizenship educator through hundreds of presentations about global citizenship, the new Global Goals and basically how to be positive change maker in the world, the questions I am most often asked are: What can I do? Where do I start? How can one person make a difference in the world?
A few years ago when I created the youth and schools program for the Global Poverty Project, now known as Global Citizen. It was about supporting others who were doing good in the world - something I still encourage. However, I always felt there was a significant and easy opportunity missing to double our impact as individuals. This is why I created a concept called Teaspoons of Change. Teaspoons of Change is a mindset knowing that all our choices, decisions and actions have an impact on people and the planet.
The two big objectives I encourage learners and anyone/everyone in the world to achieve are:
What does global citizen mean to you?
How can you be a good one?
Most of us are pretty good at doing things to support others and we get that little warm fuzzy feeling of a good deed done. Teaspoons of Change highlights that same feeling and outlook on life, not only when we do it for others, but when we make good choices, good decisions and good actions in our own personal daily lives.
Basically we are a big pile of choices and actions and the more of these we do deliberately to have a positive impact on people and the planet, the more active and effective we are as a global citizen, even before we start supporting others.
Another important component to Teaspoons of Change are the Global Goals for Sustainable Development or any big ambition to make the world a better place. To resolve big challenges, it requires a lot of action and the best way to have a lot of action is to disperse it among lots of people. This is how we solve the big issues of the world, with our small but significant daily choices and actions.
Teaspoons of Change lives by the formula:
Small Actions X Lots of People = BIG Change
Most people are on board with making the world a better place but few of us really recognise the power we have in our own lives with our own actions and the opportunities we have on an almost minute by minute, second by second basis to make positive contributions to the world. Imprints Press is a wonderful source of information and inspiration to make better choices and actions through its outlook on the world and the learning journey it provides for students. I love the impact Imprints Press has on the idea of doing good, better.
Similarly, Teaspoons of Change is not a doctrine of what to do, a moral bashing or a guilt trip it is simply about recognising the power we have as individuals in what we do and the opportunities we have to make good choices, decisions and actions to see a better world for everyone, everywhere and forever…