Have you ever wanted to do something to make the world a better place but didn’t know what? The new “10 Things For” campaign is trying to ensure you always know what to do.
Emily Paxman, founder of the campaign, says, “There is a tremendous amount of goodwill in the world, as evidenced by the large number of people who draw awareness to the issues they’re passionate about by posting articles on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms. While raising awareness can be valuable in the long-term, it often does nothing to alleviate immediate suffering in the here and now.”
Coby Vail, director of campaign research, adds, “In the Information Age, everyone is becoming more aware of the problems that plague the planet on a daily basis. With so much to do, it can be hard to hone in on one problem and find a meaningful way to contribute, whether that be money, time, or talents.”
Emily notes, “We are working to find and share creative ways that individuals can make a difference. Not everyone has the time to go build a house in Mexico, or the money to sponsor a child. By providing a healthy mix of small, easy ways to help with more traditional forms of charity, we want to help put people who want to make a difference to work.”
“The 10 Things Campaign makes it easier for people to get involved by selecting a cause every three weeks, providing education and 10 meaningful activities you can do to make a difference. We interview activists working on each cause in order to get the most effective activities for our followers to participate in and make a dent in the problem at hand,” Coby adds.
Emily is convinced that enough small acts will change the world. She says, “If all of our followers pick something from our list of ten things to do each month, they will be making someone else’s life better, even though that difference may be small. Ultimately, if enough people feel empowered to help, those small things add up, and the world begins to change.”
“How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time,” Coby concludes.
On Thursday, November 19, 2015 at noon Eastern, Emily and Coby will join me for a live discussion about the 10 Things For campaign. Tune in here then to watch the interview live. Post questions in the comments below or tweet questions before the interview to @devindthorpe.
More about the 10 Things Campaign:
Our mission is to empower individual activism by sharing ways to make a difference, providing education on issues, and enabling ordinary people to share their work to inspire others. To accomplish this, each month The 10 Things Campaign selects a social or humanitarian issue to focus on. Examples include illiteracy, homelessness, hunger etc. During the course of the month, we will share ten ways individuals can help those affected. These ten things vary in nature, allowing individuals with different time and material constraints to participate in the way that best fits their circumstances.
Emily Paxman is an activist, science-fiction enthusiast, and lifelong learner. She graduated from Brigham Young University with degrees in Middle East Studies an Arabic. Throughout her career, Emily has had the opportunity to live among and work with refugees, develop curriculum for youth science programs, and help communities develop programs to encourage volunteerism. Emily currently resides in Utah with her husband Skyler and their two dogs, Safari and Cairo.
Coby Vail grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. Beginning in high school, he became interested in the world outside of Utah, history and learning about different cultures, traditions, and values. Two years in Austria taught him that, contrary to his experience in High School German, he could learn another language. Also in Austria, he interacted with refugees from all over the world, but particularly from the Middle East. As a result, he studied Middle East Studies/Arabic and International Development, a major that led to experiences in Amman, Jordan and Istanbul, Turkey. Both of these experiences brought him into contact with refugees and the broader world. Nowadays, he works at the Refugee Service Office in Salt Lake City. His experiences abroad and at home have imbued in him the desire to help provide opportunities to those who have little or none and educate others on what they can do to make a difference in the world.