Happy New Year, everyone! I hope 2014 will bring you much joy and prosperity!
As usual, I have a slate of resolutions to aim for in a continual effort to improve myself and my life. Instead of blogging them all at once, though, I thought I would just blog one at a time every now and then. If anyone were inspired to do the same thing, there are no rules to say they can’t take it up part way through the year, so there is no need to blog all my resolutions at once. Besides, it would be a very long post because I don’t just have statement sort of resolutions, I have plans to help make them happen. I also have indicators to track their progress and success. That’s how resolutions should be done if people wanted a better chance of making them happen. It’s all in the details! Finally, some support others so not all are stand alone resolutions, either.
In the movies, legends, lore and so on, heroes and villains often die “memorable” deaths. These could be dramatic, heroic, tragic, traumatic and/or other “memorable” adjectives that move audiences. However, those characters usually die “before their time”. They rarely die a boring death in old age, like of natural causes, at home, at a hospital, possibly due to some disease. Those types of deaths are tragic as well, of course, but lots of people die that way.
Pretty much all of us admire some such fictional character that die before their time. Many people admire them very much. But enough to want to die the same way? That’s what I want to know with the Meth of Death Survey below.
These are targets every person or group trying to instill social change needs to know to gauge the likelihood or their success.
Recent research has shown that for true social change to occur, you’d need 7-10% of a population to hold an unshakable belief to be able to change the belief of that population within a reasonable amount of time. This is as long as there isn’t another group with another unshakable belief opposing it, like a different religion (Discovery News, August 6 2011). Combine that with the 1% you need to start a movement (Microtrends, by Mark Penn) and you’ve got two real targets for any organization seeking to create lasting social change. There’s none of those around these days, are there? 🙂
Food miles is a nice concept for awareness, but a meaningless and impractical ideal to believe in for eating local. Eat local for the economy, not the environment. It doesn’t sound as “romantic”, to idealize something for money rather than for the Earth. However, you’re likely idealizing something you wouldn’t be able to prove to be true.