Action of the Week: Become a Community Changemaker

is a contributing writer for TakePart and Participant Media’s former Director of Digital Social Action.

At TakePart, our Social Action Team knows the right action at the right time can truly make a difference in the world.

That’s why, in addition to TakePart’s dozens of suggestions on how to make a difference, we’ll now be featuring an Action of the Week every Friday to show you some of the projects we’re working on that you may have missed.

Let’s start with a question: How many of you have a friend on Facebook or Twitter who always manages to make good things happen? They’ve probably got a local community project, a successful Kickstarter fundraiser, or always start events with hundreds of attendees. And, if you’re at all envious, you probably think, “How does this person manage to rally such interest in their projects?” That’s the focus of this week’s action, inspired by the Participant Media film Promised Land: Become a community changemaker with The Community Action Pack, a set of digital tools that will help you with your adventure.

We believe these digital resources will allow you to:

  • raise awareness about your issue
  • collaborate with others
  • establish an ongoing community of passionate supporters.

In the same way a community in Promised Land comes together to debate the merits of natural gas drilling, your community can unite to accomplish amazing things, and there are resources out there to help you.

Connect with Facebook on TakePart.com/PromisedLand to visualize what it would be like if you were the champion of change. Let us know in the comments below what you’d like to change about your community, and how you plan on getting started.

Watch the trailer for Promised Land:

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Jonathan Harris is Participant Media’s Director of Digital Social Action. He previously managed online campaigns for the Participant films Waiting For "Superman," The Help and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. See him try to be funny on Twitter @countrycaravan.

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