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Blog Challenge: Changing the World in 30 Seconds

A year ago, I asked my readers to make a list of 30 things they could do in 30 seconds or less to change the world. This week’s is another challenge to write such a list.

Blog a list of 30 things you can do in 30 seconds each to change the world.

There are some rules, however.

First, the definition of “change the world” was frequently challenged. It isn’t up to me to define what will “change the world”. It’s up to you. It’s your world. Define it by whatever parameters arrive in your head to define “change the world”. It can be to “make the world a better place”, change conditions worldwide, make yourself a better person, make others better people, or just make it a little better than you found it in your neck of the woods. Whatever you want. Just let us know what your definition of “change the world” means so we are clear about the intent behind your list.

Second, each of the 30 things on your list must take no more than 30 seconds to accomplish by the average human being. Not 30 seconds for all 30 items. Just 30 seconds for each one.

Solving world hunger or conflict takes just a little longer than 30 seconds. It might take less, if you have the right idea, but as a rule, if no one has yet come up with a 30 second method to solve hunger and war so far, what are the odds you can? Hmm? ;-)

Third, think of the items on your list on a global scale. Your blog post may be read by hundreds or millions of people who may be inspired to do one or more of the 30 things on your list in their own 30 seconds. On a global scale, think of what it would mean if 30 people did one of the 30 things on your list at the same time? What if 300 did? Or 3 million? Or 3 billion? What if 3 billion people all leaned over at the same time and picked up a piece of trash off the ground and put it in the garbage? Would that change the world? Maybe if 3 billion people all looked at each other and smiled at the same time, the idea of peace solved in 30 seconds might be closer to reality, wouldn’t it? Make your list doable, but think about how your list may inspire the world to act.

Now, go blog and change the world in 30 seconds or less.

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6 Comments

  1. Posted November 13, 2006 at 4:13 am | Permalink

    Do I have to put up my old list again? Maybe I should with a little tweaks. I need a little break from studying. :)

  2. Posted November 13, 2006 at 7:17 am | Permalink

    Thank you for giving me a good opportunity to re-read my Changing the world in half a minute list.

  3. Posted November 21, 2006 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    Hello, just wanted to let you know I took up your challenge. It’s been really interesting to read other people’s lists and writing my own really made me think. I actually found it quite hard to get to 30, but maybe I just don’t have much imagination! Anyway, thanks for the interesting idea.

  4. Posted November 30, 2006 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    How about making positive comments to others (especially children) about other religions, races, cultures, etc.? What if we all did this for just 30 seconds each day? Or researched a positive fact about others each day and reduced our ignorance while increasing our tolerance. . .
    Just my 2 cents for today.

  5. Posted November 30, 2006 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    You can add 2 cents or even 50 cents any day with great ideas like that! ;-)

  6. Posted August 7, 2007 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    WOW… this is a great challenge! I plan to change the world by blogging… dunno if it is possible, at least I am trying.


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