A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
Last week, I touched a little on my Legacy Project. I know I haven’t gone into much detail about it yet and that’s because I’m still in the middle of figuring it all out and don’t want to put things out there that just aren’t ready yet. However, I have started a sort of outline for it that I’m hoping to get a little feedback on. Nothing is set in stone, just toying with some ideas.
(Note: You’ll notice references of Starfish in this post. To understand where that comes from, read the Starfish Story here).
Operation Starfish Part 1
I’ve decided to break things down into a few parts. My last post was a piece of Part 1. I wanted to start writing more about things that will change our world for the better. Don’t get me wrong, I still love sharing my experiences with you about WordPress, paying off debt, and living a life of freedom.
However, I want this blog to be bigger than that. I want it to be bigger than me. I want to ignite some serious change in the way we treat each other, other species, and the planet as a whole.
Ok, so what’s next?
Part 1 will be on-going. I will be sharing more resources and inspiration for making the world a better, happier place to be.
Operation Starfish Part 2
Tiny changes in one person’s mind can lead to changes to society as a whole.
~ The Butterfly Effect
Edward Lorenz, 1963
I personally want to know how to start an organization that fosters change and helps others. I want to know what’s the best way to start a fundraiser. I want to know how to start a non-profit. I also want to know what change I want to focus my energy on.
In Part 2 of my Legacy Project, we’ll be going into the how’s by talking to people that have done it already. I am beginning a bi-monthly series of posts where I’ll interview ordinary people who have made extraordinary differences in their communities. We’ll start small by focusing on change at the local level, or change that impacts a specific community, because I think it takes a lot more to get to the “change the world” level and I don’t want us getting overwhelmed before we even start! Baby steps…
Eventually, we’ll start interviewing people that are making bigger changes and affecting more communities. I probably won’t get too involved with the big charities that exist (World Wildlife Fund, Red Cross, The Humane Society, Doctors without Borders, etc.) for now. This is a place for ordinary folks like you and me to learn how to create change from the start.
I’ll also be doing some research into starting an organization that creates change and I’ll share what I find, so you’ll really want to tune in here.
Where am I at with this now?
I am contacting my list of interviewees right now. Do you know someone that has done something extraordinary? Maybe you know of a group of school children that raised money for something….or a single person who made an incredible difference for another….someone that’s helping to save the environment….
I’ve also created this list of questions to ask these “Game-changers.”
- Please tell us about your project, when you started it, and how it has made a difference for others.
- What inspired you to create change in this area?
- What does it mean for you, personally, to inspire change in this area?
- I think that many of us get inspired at one time or another to make a change somewhere, but a lot of us never do anything about it. Once you had the inspiration, how did you get started? What was the first step you took?
- Did you research to see if any other foundations or people were addressing these issues?
- What is your background? What did you do full time before this project?
- What were your fears starting out and how did you get over them?
- How did you acquire your first donations and how difficult was it?
- How much of your time does this project take?
- Were there times you thought to yourself “What am I doing?” Did you have second thoughts? If so, what kept you going?
- At what point did you realize that your project was actually taking off?
- How many people have you inspired to help (not just monetarily) in your mission?
- Have you gotten to see first-hand the results of your efforts (the reactions of the people you have helped, etc?) If yes, how was that for you the first time? Describe how you felt.
- Do you have plans to create other projects?
- Has your project inspired others to go out and create their own, that you know of?
- What is the biggest challenge you have faced so far? What is the biggest challenge you face everyday? What is your biggest challenge right now?
- If people are inspired by your cause, how can they become involved, what can they do? (thanks David!)
- Is there anything else you’d like to add?
What else do you want to know from these extraordinary people? What do you need to know in order to start your own cause right now? Let me know in the comments below.
I’ll also be asking my interviewees to check the comments on their interviews so if you have additional questions as you read about their causes, you can ask them then.
Operation Starfish Part 3
Part 3 is where we’ll be igniting our own causes in our own communities and supporting each other. We’ll learn more about how to inspire others to help your cause and even how to one day “give up” your cause, handing someone else the reins, so that you can move on to starting a new cause!
In the next year I’ll be working on launching Operation Starfish, which will be an online community and learning center. More on that to come! Subscribe to stay posted on how this community evolves.
Hey, Let’s Start a Revolution!
I have a couple of requests from you. Please share with me your thoughts on the following:
- Do you know someone that has personally started a cause from scratch? Please let me know who they are and what they’ve done.
- Also what would you like to know from these extraordinary people to help you get started on your own community cause? What questions do you have that I haven’t asked above?
- I need a good name for this group of “game changers:” Game Changers? World Rebels? Starfishers? I dunno, obviously I really need your help here!
Let me know in the comments below! Thanks!!
Small actions create big change.
~ The Dragonfly Effect
Jennifer Aaker and Andy Smith, 2010