How to Save the World in 100 Seconds
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the injustices going on in our world.
Even with the best intentions of wanting to make a difference, most of the time, we don’t even know where to start.
Then there’s the time factor. We’re already consumed in our own day-to-day obligations — work, school, social life. It’s easy to become apathetic when your to-do list rivals the Magna Carta.
So we don’t do anything.
A few months ago, my friend Daniel invited me to be a part of the First 100 Ways campaign, and for the first time I saw a realistic and manageable solution.
What is First 100 Ways? It’s a collective impact campaign.
Every morning, the campaign presents one action you can take that day to learn about an issue, support an organization or cause, or contribute to the greater good. Each day’s action can be completed in 100 seconds or less.
On Monday, the daily action may be to write a welcome message for newly arrived refugees. On Thursday, you may be prompted to reach out to your local representative.
All under 100 seconds. Less than 2 minutes.
Here’s some context:
- We spend an average of 3,000 seconds a day on Facebook and Instagram.
- We should spend at least 240 seconds a day on brushing our teeth.
- What if we spent 100 seconds dedicated to making an impact instead?
Sure, my 100 seconds alone won’t change the world, but collectively? The potential is enormous.
A lightbulb went off in my head shortly after learning about this campaign: we at Eventable could help First 100 Ways make their impact even larger. After all, thousands of nonprofits already use Eventable everyday to drive their supporters to take action.
So we got together to make magic.
Now, with First 100 Ways and Eventable, it’s easier than ever for you to make an impact. Instead of visiting the website every day, doing good is as simple as checking your calendar. Here’s how it works:
- Add the First 100 Ways actions to your calendar here.
- Every morning your calendar will be updated with a new action.
- DO IT! (It takes 100 seconds, remember?)
With 3.5 million seconds of collective action completed to date, those participating in the First 100 Ways campaign have become a driving force in making a positive impact.
No matter who you are or where you come from, First 100 Ways is first and foremost rooted in the belief of the human spirit, and the understanding that together, we can make real change.
I urge you to join thousands, and spare 100 seconds of your day.
Need a place to start? Here are a handful of my favorite actions: (It’s not too late to do these!)
- Day 12: Donate a book to empower a young girl
- Day 22: Provide support for a child who came to the U.S. alone
- Day 31: Know your bias
- Day 45: Get to know your neighbors
- Day 48: Support a local classroom through Donors Choose
- Day 56: Fight Food Insecurity
- Day 58: End Veteran Homelessness
- Day 78: Provide relief for Syrian children affected by violence
Special thank you to Martin, Daniel, and the rest of the First 100 Ways team.