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What would you change if you ran the world?

What great hope do you have for the world?

Perhaps you'd like to see an end to world poverty, or maybe the opportunity for an education provided to every child in the world.

Perhaps your dream is more local: a new park in your neighbourhood, or solar panels on every house in your street.

If you've ever dreamed about making the world a better place, Ifwerantheworld is a great resource to help turn your idea into a reality.

The webpage opens with a deceptively simple complete-the-sentence task:

Once you've decided on your goal (it can be as big or small as you like), you're invited to hit the "make it happen" button, which takes you through to the main site.

Here you'll see the community of people around the world already interested in making your goal happen, or who have simular interests. You can either join someone else's "action platform" (basically the HQ for this goal) or start your own.

It's a simple website to use: break the path to achieving your goal down into manageable steps. If your goal is to ban single-use coffee cups, start by making a short-term goal ("microaction") of banning them in your own life, at your local cafe or within your local community. You can ask other website members to join you in taking action, for example you could ask them to put up a sign in their local cafe informing customers about the environmental impact of using single-use, disposable coffee cups and why reusable ones is a planet-strong alternative.

Collaborative platforms for creating change are great for a few reasons. Firstly, by making a public declaration that you're going to make a specific change in your life, you develop the sense that you're going to be held accountable for your words. In the same way that initiatives such as Plastic Free July encourage people to make a personal commitment in a public space (ie. registering on a website or posting your goal to social media), Ifwerantheworld helps you to work out where to start: with yourself.

Secondly, creating goals within a community space helps to fight the feeling that you're somehow alone in caring about an issue. It's frustrating to see people around you continuing to use plastic bags when you're trying to ban them, and it can be enough to make you think that whatever you do won't make a difference. But with people around the world encouraging you and joining in with your action plan, you can often find the motivation to persevere.

So, what would you do if you ran the world? Believe it or not, you DO have the power to create big change, so get out there and make it happen.

Need some inspiration? Check out these individuals making a big difference:

This Man Made 3500 Birdhouses From Scrap Wood To Keep Birds In Cities

One woman is changing the lives of thousands with a simple soccer ball

This Woman Is Biking Across the World to Collect Stories of Climate Change

One Man Single-Handedly Plants Forest Bigger Than Central Park

Images: Shutterstock


1 Million Women is more than our name, it's our goal! We're building a movement of strong, inspirational women acting on climate change by leading low-carbon lives. To make sure that our message has an impact, we need more women adding their voice. We need to be louder. Joining us online means your voice and actions can be counted. We need you.


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