Amidst all the recent occupy movements, there has been increasing awareness with regard to financial difficulties amongst “the 99 percent” that are seemingly and abundantly different from those of “the 1 percent.” I sympathize with many of the 99%; financial difficulties, especially due to rising medical costs (so glad I live in Canada), are very real. But I would like to suggest that an unknown portion of this 99% is lucky and not so down on their luck; I am part of that percent, and WE can make something happen. As Behance‘s think tank The 99 Percent says:
“It’s not about ideas. It’s about making things happen.”
Two great things (among many) are happening in Calgary. The first is TEDxCalgary on November 18, which focuses on volunteering. A higher than average number of Calgarians devote their FREE time to making things happen. Be a part of it.
Second, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi recently launched 3 Things for Calgary, asking Calgarians what they can do about their city and their community, and encourages them to spread the word. It starts by asking yourself 3 questions:
1. What am I good at?
2. What do I care about?
3. What do I have to say about it?
These aren’t easy questions, but coming up with answers and spreading the word is a start. Stay tuned for my answers! What are yours?