You – yes YOU – can make a big difference when it comes to taking action against issues that affect people! Maybe you want to stop another big corporate warehouse from invading your small, historical town. How do you get started? Here’s the scoop from Real Simple magazine.

  • You have to develop a realistic solution to the problem. For background information and ideas, consult local journalists and public records at City Hall to see if anything like this has been done in the past.
  • Create partnerships with others who are on your side, or who might be won over. For example, the owner of a local business might be opposed to the competition. Or get chummy with an environmentalist group who wants to save the trees the project will flatten.
  • If you’re ready to make a change in your community, you’ll want to build awareness. Local newspapers and TV news programs are always looking for human interest stories, so be ready to tell a news director how your mission affects the community.
  • Stage a demonstration. Hand out flyers at the bus stop or set up an information booth at the farmer’s market. The more they see you, the more likely local decision-makers are to listen. And if you need inspiration. Take Mila Vujovich La Barre, a high school teacher from San Luis Obispo, California. She led a group of residents that persuaded the city to block construction of a 650-thousand square-foot shopping center in an agriculturally zoned area last year. See – one person really CAN make a difference!