Wednesday Morning, at last: How we plan to change the world

Jeff Jones
Engagement Editor
Public Insight Network
Abigail Drumm of Indianapolis had two cupcakes left after Election Night. One happened to say "Obama". The other, "2012". (Photo submitted by Abigail Drumm)

Abigail Drumm of Indianapolis had two cupcakes left after Election Night. One happened to say “Obama.” The other, “2012.” (Photo shared by Abigail Drumm)

Abigail Drumm had two cupcakes left after her family’s Election Night gathering. One (sorta’) says  “Obama”. And the other, “2012″. Driving home last night, she heard the news that President Obama had been elected to a second term. “I looked over at my remaining cupcakes and smiled at the coincidence, looking forward to tomorrow when I can relive tonight’s victory with cupcakes.”

So, yes, maybe there are such things as “small plans”. But, hey, we asked.

Specifically, we asked Abigail and hundreds of people like her to tell us how they plan to make their world a better place, starting on Wednesday Morning. Today. The day after Election Day. Because even when half the country wakes up thrilled and the other half disappointed, there’s no escaping the fact that progress tends to start on the ground level. So we wanted to know what people plan to do to improve their little corner of the world, no matter who’s in the White House.

Here are some of the plans we’re hearing:

“I will go to those who were once close to me that maintain political beliefs that are different than my own and ask for their forgiveness for any behavior that has hurt our relationship.” — Mark Ward of Spokane, Wash.

“I will continue to educate myself on issues and write to elected officials, agencies and businesses to move our world to a more humane one for all. Also, I will drive less, try to buy American when I can find what I need made here, and continue to volunteer.” — Suzie Castle of Lake Zurich, Ill.

“I plan to organize a series of ‘democratic practice and process’ discussions to explore how we can more fully realize the ‘democratic promise’ of our society. I am also working on a training curriculum for government lawyers, public administrators, and other professionals on the best practices and ethical considerations of public participation in policy development.” — Dennis Boyer of Dodgeville, Wis.

“I plan to continue to contact our people in Congress and ask them to please work together for the greater good, quit playing games, and start working for Americana to get the right things done now for our future and the world’s future.” — Diane Gillenwater of Topeka, Kan.

“Double down on food shopping close to home.” — Bob Perry of Lancaster, Ky.

“I work as a mental health specialist at a prison, and every day I do my part to change the world by helping people who have written themselves off to write a different story for their future.” – Shawna Eddy Kissell of Weiser, Idaho.

“I volunteer at a cat rescue shelter in NYC called KittyKind so I plan to devote more of my time to the organization especially in the wake of Hurricane Sandy where so many animals were displaced and in need of help.” — Andrea Sabino, Jersey City, N.J.

“My work during the election brought me face-to-face with the exhaustion and despair that so threaten our democracy. I know we can solve these problems — now — without anyone being harmed. Working in this direction with be the focus of my time.” — Sara Stalman, M.D. , a retired mental health expert, from Brooklin, Maine.

“I’m working with a team to – a service giving subscribers the ability to receive email alerts when keywords they specify are used in local municipality agendas, minutes and documents. Citizens can monitor when government addresses things they care about most vs. potentially reading about it in the media after decisions are made.” — Jerry Hall of San Diego, Calif.

“Actually, I started today by looking for an organization seeking volunteers. I want to start working with less fortunate children in my geographical area by helping them learn to read.” — Deborah Higgs of Pensacola, Fla.

I am going to try to moderate my own language when talking to those people with whom I disagree. Even if they call my side ‘retard’ or ‘traitor,’ I know that most likely we’ll all muddle through somehow and I’m going to do my best to ‘do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly.’” — Beth Postema of Fargo, ND.

“I am currently helping to run a food drive for schoolchildren who don’t have adequate food at home to eat over weekends. I volunteer regularly with Girl Scouts and local schools, dealing with disability awareness, queer awareness, inclusiveness, and just getting kids outdoors having fun.” — Adrian Shaffer of Greenville, S.C.

“I will live my life in a noble, gracious, empathetic, caring way, as a role model for those around me. That is the best any of us can do, in my opinion.” — Brad Garber, Lake Oswego, Ore.

>> Share YOUR plans! It’s Wednesday Morning: How will YOU change the world?


Jeff Jones Engagement Editor
Public Insight Network

Jeff Jones is the Engagement Editor for the Public Insight Network. He’s worked for Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media since 2003, including producing and directing MPR’s “All Things Considered” with host Tom Crann from 2006 to 2010. He has edited hundreds of broadcast interviews, but the most memorable ones feature “regular folks” with surprising stories to tell.

Jeff strongly believes that places have stories, too. So he created MPR Sound Point, a mobile phone-based audio tour of interesting places in Minneapolis and Duluth that gives listeners a chance to “talk back” via the PIN.