Those who participate in communities help shape and improve
their communities. Those who organize others. Those who learn about
complex issues. Those who advocate and inform others about their
views. Are you a participant or a spectator in your community?
Here are some ways that you can participate...
Vote, and get others to vote. Vote
your conscience. Help others to register to vote. Armed with
a pile of voter registration forms and some clipboards (and a
few other things), you can register people to vote anywhere!
Learn more about voter registration.
Volunteer in your communities. Help
organizations that serve the common good.
Help organizations that you like and respect.
Freely offer your time, your skills, and your special talents
for the public good. Learn more about volunteering and
finding non-profits or political
organizations that are aligned with your values.
Learn about complex issues. No
matter the topic, there's lots to learn in order to make
good decisions in a complex world. Learn about important topics
and discuss them with a wide variety of people, including those
who may disagree. Learn more about learning.
Organize others. Multiply
your efforts and your enthusiasm into action from other people.
The world is biased towards people that collaborate for a common
cause and/or speak with one voice. Get active
with a particular advocacy group, non-profit, political party,
or a specific candidate. Lead or organize like-minded groups.
Encourage the success of legislation, candidates, and policies
that promote the common good as you see
it. Learn more about organizing others.
Advocate and inform.Don't
just complain to people who agree with you — get the word
out on topics that you care about. Talk to people who might not
agree with you. Call your congressperson.
Write letters to the editors of newspapers. Speak publicly. Get
loud. Learn more about advocating
and informing. A great service for contacting your representatives is Resistbot. The particip8.org website nor the creator of particip8.org is officially associated with them. We just think they are cool and even donate money to them. It's a great public service.
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