If you’re feeling less than joyful about your civic participation these days, Britt Bravo, the mastermind behind Have Fun * Do Good and the Big Vision podcast, has a formula that might help. It’s simple: you make a list of the things you find amusing and joyful, then a second list of the things you believe make the world better. Then you figure out all the ways you could put those lists together to take action.
Britt has invited a series of guests to write posts called “How I Have Fun and Do Good,” and our own Amy Potthast was honored to contribute one last week. Amy’s entry is about creating a “a moms-and-tots playgroup that brings together teen moms and adult moms” in her Portland, OR community:
As an intentional by-product of the project, the moms (and dads) involved with planning have grown closer as a community and we only envision having more fun together as we get to know each other, and our kids, better during regular playgroup gatherings in the coming year.
Yesterday’s post was by Amy Sample Ward, nonprofit techie and community builder at TechSoup Global. She says she sees so many ways to have fun and do good that she is sometimes faced with “option paralysis.” To narrow down the options, she writes, “I look for the ones that aren’t just fun and enjoyable but are also interesting, will use my brain, keep me engaged and even help me learn something new.” Pretty good criteria for anyone combing through Idealist volunteer opportunities, methinks…
If you could use some inspiration, check out the series!
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