All of a sudden, you have to do things you've never done before. You learn new things, you meet different people, you use yourself differently than you're used to.

The bliss of being a beginner

For a grown-up, one of the biggest perks of starting a civic initiative is the opportunity to be a beginner again. All of a sudden, you get to do things you’ve never done before. You learn new things, you meet different people, you use yourself differently than you’re used to….

Instead of thinking you have to do everything on your own, try thinking of your project as a "professional pot luck".

Throw “professional pot lucks”

You don’t have to be an activist or be especially brave to act out your civic desire. Actually, most viable projects are born out of a shared effort, people getting together to turn their dream into a reality. So instead of thinking you have to do everything on your own,…

Your home turf is the perfect place to start. Once you know it works you can always spread the word to the rest of the world.

Why not make it as easy as possible?

Always start with yourself – and begin by making a difference in your own neighbourhood. This is a place where you know the needs, possibilities and challenges inside and out. Your home turf is the perfect place to experiment with turning your ideas into reality. That’s the place to start….