I hear a lot of grumbling (even my own) as the political parties approach picking their candidates for the 2016 presidential election.
What we need innovative responsibility for real change in our country.
Are looking for the next president who promise through authority to “make america great again”, “Heal + Inspire + Revive”, “reigniting the promise”, “rebuild the american dream”, put “people over politics”? On and on they go (you can see all of the 2016 slogans here).
But what is needed is not authority. We need responsibility. And the great part is we already have it if we are willing to take it.
Here is a list of 25 ways that today through taking responsibility we can make ourselves and our country better.
-Visit a veterans hospital once a week and hang out with a vet.
-Ask someone over 80 to tell you their story, then (with their permission) tell it to the rest of the country through a vlog, short film or blog.
-Hold a meetup on a hot topic where everyone is invited and they agree to some civility. We have a lot! (gun control, marriage equality, health care, mental health crisis, homelessness…)
-Get your passport and use it.
-grab a coffee with someone who has the opposite beliefs as you.
-Volunteer to be tutor so an adult can learn to read.
-Take a class on the American political process
-Vote (this little action set you apart from half of those in the US)
-Read more and talk less
–Learn a new language
-Visit washington DC
–Go offline once a week.
-Find something remarkable to do and ask others to join you.
-Educate yourself on all the candidates and issues (start at Project Vote Smart.
-Resist road rage
-Get to know your neighbors
-Watch less TV
-Learn to code
–Get out of debt (stop using credit today)
-Take a history course (or pick your choice from free Stanford classes)
-Be inspired by past stump speeches
-Create your own media and news plan
-Make a campfire or patio fire and invite friends over with one rule: no gossip
-Don’t take yourself too seriously
-Tell others your own story (know your own story).
None of these need authority. All of them take responsibility. So take it.
Over the next month some of my daily posts (including this one) will be assignments from a leadership class I am taking from Seth Godin.