I made a promise in November, 2016 to change my approach to civic engagement. Then, on January 21, 2017, I embarked on a mission to perform one civic act per day, every day, for the next four years. Here, I document my effort.
What is a “civic act”? I’m currently defining it as:
A civic act is an intentional action, requiring effort or resources, to participate in the life of a community. It aims to make a difference in improving conditions for others or to shape the future of a community. It embraces the fact that all persons are created equal and are endowed with certain unalienable rights, including the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. A civic act doesn’t pit one community against another.
These acts aren’t world-changing. Some are quite small or involve explorations that end up going nowhere. Others are connected to my professional life, in my day job as a communications consultant. But my hope is that the discipline of pursuing one act per day means civic engagement will be on my mind every day.
Truth be told, 1,421 civic acts is pretty daunting. I made it for 100 days and I posted a report card on Medium. But can I make it one year? Four years? Wish me luck.