Saturday, December 24, 2011

Top 5 books that encourage you to change the world

List by Tosca

"By changing nothing, nothing changes."
-Tony Robbins

You might remember that I don't do New Year resolutions. Changing myself is boring. I do, though, often think about how I'd like to change the world. Not all of it, obviously. Just the bits that I can change. And not in huge chunks, either. Little things, here and there. Things that can really make a difference. I'm just never sure where to start. I'm always a little haphazard, and lurch from one activity to another without any clear idea of what I'm doing. What I should do is choose what it is that I'd like to change, and then make an action plan that supports it, and then I'd live it. What's that saying? Be the change you want to be. I don't know if these books have all the answers. I do know that they're a great place to start.'s to changing the world, one person at a time.

It's Christmas Eve, folks. That means that this is the last of our 12 posts of Christmas lists. I hope you've enjoyed reading them as much as I've enjoyed blogging them. Whether you're spending the day with friends, family or a combination of both tomorrow, I really do wish you all a very merry Christmas :)

Honourable mention:
  • 365 ways to change the world by Michael Norton
  • The teen guide to global action : how to connect with others (near & far) to create social change by Barbara A. Lewis

  • 500 ways to change the world / Global Ideas Bank ; edited and compiled by Nick Temple
    500 inspired ideas from around the world that cost nothing to implement but could enhance all our lives. They range from ideas that could benefit charitable organizations (donate airmiles to disaster relief fundraising schemes), to ideas that make people's working lives better (write the minutes of a meeting before it takes place), to ideas that help social relations as a whole (Boomerang Days when you return all the things you've borrowed over the course of the previous year).

    Change the world for ten bucks : 50 actions to change the world and make you feel good / Tim Ashton
    This book contains 50 simple everyday actions that are easy for anyone to do. And if enough of us actually do them, we really will change the world. With contributions from across Australia, this book shows how a single person can truly make a difference.

    Craft activism : people, ideas and projects from the new community of handmade and how you can join in / Joan Tapper ; photography by Gale Zucker
    Join the Handmade Movement! We make to give. We make to share. We make to connect with others. Crafters all over the world are using their hands and hearts to make a statement, change the world, and build community. Craft Activism is an inspiring celebration of this growing movement. Inside, dozens of superstars of this grassroots phenomenon share their experiences, tips, and advice on living, teaching, and promoting a more meaningful DIY lifestyle. Learn to craft for your cause, connect with other crafters, think green, organize a fair, host an online exchange, create yarn graffiti, and more. The book also includes 17 creative projects from designers who challenge you to reimagine how your craft skills can be used to make a difference. Whether you knit, sew, crochet, or collage—and even if you’re not sure where to begin—this book is your guide to the incredible power of handmade.

    Reviewer comment:
  • "There are a few familiar figures, such as Jenny Hart of the Sublime Stitching company, but most will be new to readers. The profiles and the projects that follow them are diverse, and readers are bound to find inspiration in this nicely curated volume" (Library Journal)

  • The great typo hunt : two friends changing the world, one correction at a time / Jeff Deck and Benjamin D. Herson
    The signs of the times are missing apostrophes. The world needed a hero, but how would an editor with no off-switch answer the call? For Jeff Deck, the writing was literally on the wall: “NO TRESSPASSING.” In that moment, his greater purpose became clear. Dark hordes of typos had descended upon civilization& and only he could wield the marker to defeat them. Recruiting his friend Benjamin and other valiant companions, he created the Typo Eradication Advancement League (TEAL). Armed with markers, chalk, and correction fluid, they circumnavigated America, righting the glaring errors displayed in grocery stores, museums, malls, restaurants, mini-golf courses, beaches, and even a national park. Jeff and Benjamin championed the cause of clear communication, blogging about their adventures transforming horor into horror , it’s into its , and coconunut into coconut . But at the Grand Canyon, they took one correction too far: fixing the bad grammar in a fake Native American watchtower. The government charged them with defacing federal property and summoned them to court-with a typo-ridden complaint that claimed that they had violated “criminal statues.” Now the press turned these paragons of punctuation into “grammar vigilantes,” airing errors about their errant errand.. The radiant dream of TEAL would not fade, though. Beneath all those misspelled words and mislaid apostrophes, Jeff and Benjamin unearthed deeper dilemmas about education, race, history, and how we communicate. Ultimately their typo-hunting journey tells a larger story not just of proper punctuation but of the power of language and literacy-and the importance of always taking a second look.

    31 ways to change the world : by 4,386 children / produced by Nick Stanhope ; art direction and design by New Future Graphic ; written by Tanis Taylor and 4,386 children (more or less)
    Inspiring ideas from children on how to make this world a better place have been distilled into 31 practical aactions that children, and adults, can do to improve our environment.

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