First Step Toward Action: FIND YOUR PASSION


The First Step to Systems Problem Solving, Design Thinking and Empathetic Action = POSITIVE CHANGE

You have just embarked on a journey toward bold empathetic action.

You are empowered

You are global citizens

You are life-long learners

You have the courage to lead & follow

You are teachers and students of and for our shared world; it is OUR time[/learn_more

Start with what YOU know: Think about who YOU are

What are you good at?

What kind of skills do you possess?

How to figure this out if you aren’t sure: Take a couple minutes to sit down and think. Start by describing your personality.

What are activities you enjoy doing? Why?

Draw out “the why”?

What parts of these activities are enjoyable to you and why?

Could these “parts” of the activities you enjoy be something you are good at?

Insights for Finding Your Joy and Resilience

Think about what moves you to want to take action.


This could be something that brings you great joy or great pain or a combination of both.

Finding Your Joy: Joy is Powerful

What brings you joy?

What inspires you?

What brings meaning to your life?

What kinds of challenges do you enjoy?

What inspiration and meaning do you wish you could share with the world?

What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?

Finding Your Strength and Meaning: Resilience

Definition of resilience:

“Resilience is the capacity of individuals, families, communities, and institutions to anticipate, withstand and/or judiciously engage with catastrophic events and/or experiences; actively making meaning out of adversity, with the goal of maintaining “normal” function without fundamental loss of identity.” Almedom, Astier. “A Call for a Resilience Index for Health and Social Systems in Africa.” Issues in Brief, Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-range Future 10 (2009): 2

Through adversity comes strength, through adversity comes meaning.

There is a symbiotic relationship that lives in you, between what you love and the power you have to overcome adversity, your ability to be resilient.

Resilience pushes you to grow. The process of resilience can be painful as it builds and takes shape in you. As you become more resilient your ideas of what is meaningful will begin to take root and guide your understanding of your identity.

Think about personal challenges you have overcome:

How did you find the strength to overcome these challenges?

How has this experience of adversity and finding your strength to be resilient changed your perspective?

Did what mattered in your life become more defined, more meaningful? Did your priorities change?

What are issues you are dealing with in your life, in your community, in the world, that you feel strongly about?

Why are these issues and challenges meaningful to you?

Finding Power in What you Love and Taking On Challenges

When you combine what you love with a challenge that is meaningful to you, you have found your passion. When you reflect and act on what inspires you, what brings meaning to your life, there is power in this.

Why is what you find meaningful powerful?

How you can use this power to positively affect change on issues in your community?

How can you share this power with people around you to create positive change together?

How is what you find meaningful been used to shift power, make change in your community (local and/or global)?

Take a moment to think about how what you enjoy has been used in human history to create positive change. Write down some examples.

* If you can’t think of examples, go to your computer or the library and search a keyword that describes your inspiration (ex: music) and the term “social movement.”

** Write down some of the findings that surprised you after doing some research.

Moving Towards Action

Become a Sociologist: The Practice of Zoom In, Zoom Out

Once you have figured out what you are passionate about you can begin to study global issues and their affect on your local community in depth. This will arm you with the knowledge you will need to make meaningful and lasting change.

Learn more about our shared global issues HERE

It is important to understand your context, to study your community.

Zoom in: your local community. Zoom out: your global community. Make connections: Study and understand how all of these issues connect and take shape.

* Take time to discuss the connections between local and global communities and share your personal experience of how you have seen these connections manifest in your own life.

Start Today: Use the GIN Project Workbook to Get Started and Develop your GIN Project