Libuse Binder is the author of Ten Ways to Change the World in Your Twenties, www.tenways.org. In her book, Binder provides a timely roadmap for individuals looking to make a difference — from eating locally and reducing waste, to starting a nonprofit organization or finding a career dedicated to helping others. Binder provides up-to-date resources and ideas for the casually concerned and deeply passionate alike. By combining easy-to-follow suggestions with the stories of myriad Millennials already making a difference, she inspires people to find and follow their passions, and to believe in their ability to do good in the world today. Activist Laurie David says, "What I love about Ten Ways is that it picks up where so many books leave off and answers the question, 'what exactly is to be done by individuals who want to help?' Environmentalist Bill McKibben says, ''Everywhere I go around the planet, I find young people, fresh from college, leading the new green movement. With savvy and heart, they're making a real difference — and as this book shows, you can too!" After moving into film production immediately after college, Libuse Binder left an ambitious career in Hollywood to make a difference in the lives of the next generation. Through her experiences as a writer, teacher, and environmental activist, as well as her research into how technology has energized grassroots movements everywhere, she has grown to believe in the powerful potential of this next generation to change the world in revolutionary ways. Her work has also appeared in Weekly Way, Earth911, Worldchanging, Green Collar Earth, and Fit Yoga.
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Ten Ways to Change the World in Your Twenties
What is your book about? Please provide a description.
An inspiring collection of ideas to help millennials tackle today’s toughest issues, this booktaps into the potential of this energetic, influential generation and shows readers how they can shape tomorrow by: • Volunteering in ways big and small • Supporting political actions that reflect individual values • Leading an ecoactive lifestyle • Using their buying power to encourage better business practices • Eating well locally • Throwing a party with a purpose • Choosing environmentally responsible travel • Turning their passion into a vocation
With a rating scale that guides readers to activities based on the amount of time, money, and lifestyle impact they’re ready for, and peppered with true tales of twentysomethings who’ve made an impact, Ten Ways provides resources and opportunities for aspiring activists and the casually concerned alike.
In addition to describing fresh, easy to implement solutions to common problems, Ten Ways taps into the potential of the energetic, influential generation of young leaders and offers clear ideas for reducing global conflict, environmental mayhem, and poverty. From eco-fabulous style junkie to humanitarian hero, each chapter offers hip and attractive ways for twentysomethings to unleash their inner do-gooder.
Ten Ways to Change the World in Your Twenties:
includes extensive research on new ideas that will help to change the world, as well as innovative twists on proven ideas and strategies that are already making an impact
allows readers to browse through easy to read chapters, which enable them to concentrate on sections that pertain to and/or appeal to their interests
offers readers resource guides at the end of each chapter with lists of organizations, websites, and businesses that are striving to implement each world-changing activity
works in conjunction with a blog (weeklyway.blogspot.com) and website (tenways.org), which marks this book as a constant work in progress, as readers communicate with each other and the author about their experience
provides a humorous and candid view of the tasks and responsibilities that lie before the next generations of leaders
challenges readers to examine their own lives and search for ways that they can commit to a sustainable lifestyle
starts a unified movement directed towards activity and change
How long have you been at work on this book?
I had the initial idea when I was 25, and I began researching the book six years ago. I have actively been working on the website, blog, and book for 4 years.
How did the idea originate?
When I was in my mid-twenties, I was working in Los Angeles on films such as Vanilla Sky, What Lies Beneath, and Me, Myself, and Irene. I was experiencing the quintessential “quarterlife crisis”, and I quickly came to the conclusion that my efforts would be better spent as a social and environmental activist. I left my job in the film industry and became a middle school English teacher, and I started to explore every nook and cranny of sustainable, socially conscious living. My research prompted me to become a low-impact omnivore, a supporter of charities, a registered voter, the owner of a fuel-efficient vehicle, and a more socially conscious consumer.
During this period, I was also looking for a resource that would provide me with information about social and environmental causes, as well as organizations that I could easily get involved with, either professionally or as a volunteer. When I realized that there was no single book that did this, I decided to write one. I knew from my own research that there were myriad resources out there, and also that unless some of these resources could be distilled into easy to read nuggets of information, the variety of issues and choices could be overwhelming. Many people leave college with both the idealism and energy necessary to improve the world in which they live, but they often lack the resources and guidance to do so efficiently and effectively. I wanted to offer those in their twenties and beyond an easy to use resource that would inspire and empower them to take action.
Did the book entail any unusual writing habits or places?
Like many authors, I did other work in order to support myself while writing the book. I squeezed in time to write whenever possible. I also told everyone I knew about the book and was able to quickly create a network of friends, who were also on the lookout for people and organizations with valuable resources and/or inspirational twentysomethings for me to interview. I also tried to research and write outdoors as much as possible, so I would have a constant reminder about why the environmental advocacy work I was doing was so important.