I have decided to start a post on my blog raising an important question, for you, for me, for everyone. Asking ourselves, from time to time, what is the true impact we have in the community we live in, is like going to the doctor to see if our body has all the minerals and vitamins it needs.
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Maybe some of you realized that if there is a subject we like to talk about, that one is impact. Why? Very easy. Impact is directly related to our own existence. For example, when I’ve decided to start Teach One World, I had in mind the impact on long term this blog should have. This means that I wanted to raise awareness regarding the differences and possibilities that education and people have around the world.
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Let’s make an exercise. What does impact means to you? You can draw, paint it or just describe it. Take a few seconds, relax and think about what does impact means to you, to the community you live in. Then try to see how exactly you can represent it. What exactly means to you: it’s about education, it’s about behaviors, it’s about reducing the waste of water or pollution, it’s about an invention or the use of technology. Can you envision it?
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Describe impact in education
I strongly believe that, somewhere, in a common sense, impact is directly related to education, because education is one of the powerful drivers of development and one of the most important instruments that can reduce poverty and can improve health. Through education you can be more productive, you can upgrade to a better living and enjoy a better quality of life. In the same time, an educated country contributes to the country’s overall economic growth. How cool is that?
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What can I do? What can you do?
The answer is extremely simple. Just DO it! After you started to realise what impact represents to you, it’s time to put it into practice. You can start by volunteering, or looking for people who have the same interests like you, or find a partner “in crime” and start doing some projects around the concept, or looking for an NGO nearby you, or launching some messages online, or just asking people in order to have a research. There are millions of possibilities!
It seems that I really enjoy talking about impact, so I leave you some more reading recommendations here, here and here.