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How can my generation contribute to solving major issues in the world?

I'm Jillian, from Rockford, Michigan.

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Reem’s Answer

Hi Jillian, amazing question with great answers! I'll just add that it might help to look up the concepts of social innovation (entrepreneurship that aims to tackle pressing issues through new business ventures), impact investing (investing in companies that do both well and good), and effective altruism (using reason to do as much good as possible). You can also volunteer in your free time with a variety of causes to find the cause that is closest to your heart and become an activist in that area. All the best to you!
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Kris’s Answer

The number one thing your generation can do is inform itself. Do not jump on a bandwagon. Do not succumb to popularism.

Ways to inform yourself are paying attention to more than one source of news. Perhaps Fareed Zakaria on CNN, who emphasizes global issues, or ABC World News. The Washington Post and NY Times tend to have global issues articles. Your generation seems to love doing everything from the smart phone. Each of those newspapers has apps. You can use a Kindle app or other Ebook app to download books and articles on topics of interest to educate yourself.

Then you can use social media for a good purpose. Join groups that interest you and donate to the conversation as an intellectual who has done their homework. Cite references. Learn how to debate topics without getting angry.

As you gather more intelligence about a specific topic of interest, you can join "Think Tanks" and help write papers. You can become a lobbyist.
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Trent’s Answer

Megan gave great answers.
Vote is the easiest.
Educate yourself in the world issues, Network with others about the issues. If you are listening you might even change your mind about what side of the issues you are on. It is rarely an obvious choice, hence the different opinions. Never take one person's word for things, do your own research.

When you do find that initiative, then put some time into it and do not let others discourage you.
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Megan’s Answer

Hi Jillian! Love this question!

There are many things you can do to help solve major issues in the world.

You can use your voice or platform (social media) to educate others on an issue
You can vote
You can volunteer for something you care about
You can get an education and career that focuses on a certain issue

My best advice would be to pick something you are really passionate about and give your time and care to it.


I hope this helps!
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Vern’s Answer

LEARN everything you can! science, math, history, social sciences, critical thinking, ethics, medicine, and engineering.

STUDY issues! Civil rights, poverty, environment, politics, and technology and all important insights to the problems we face.

EXPLORE the world! Travel if you can and engage with the people you meet to better understand their culture as well as hopes and fears.

THINK critically! Not everything that is said is true. Common sense is often wrong. Not all truths are spoken.

ACKNOWLEDGE humanities great failings of the past. How do those failings impact our today.

IMAGINE the world you want to leave for your children! What is needed to make that world a reality.

SPEAKUP for those without a voice! Always be willing to defend people things that cannot defend themselves.

NEVER ACCEPT what is wrong. Correct the failures of the past to build a better future.

DO GOOD for others! Volunteer to help others because it will cause you to grow in your humanity.

CARE for yourself! Take time for exercise, meditation, and fun.

An young person looks at a clock and wonders when the day will be over.
An old person looks at a clock and wonders where the day went.
A wise person looks at a clock and wonders what can be done with the part of the day that is left.
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