#3 How Do I Make It About More than Myself?

It’s not just about me, but for us. 
 
How can you and your community take it from “I” to “we”? Help your users think of themselves as part of something bigger. Can you expand the network of engagement for yourself and your users by actively rewarding authenticity, accuracy, truth-telling, and bridge-building across social divides?
 

What It Can Look Like?

 
New Organizing Institute: Marshall Ganz's organizing theory invites people into a movement as individuals, where they are asked to share their stories and connection to the cause. Then, the strategy helps them see their shared collective interests with others in the movement before introducing them to the fierce urgency of acting now. This principle is the bedrock of numerous campaigns since Obama for America popularized the model in the 2008 presidential election. Participants are asked to become part of something major and give more of themselves as a result.
 

10 Questions Content Organizer

10 Questions Content Organizer

Teachers can use the Ten Questions Content Organizer to parse a big issue into small discussion topics. Have students fill in the blanks; they can think about the choices they would make and why, and what the consequences would be like. See an example here: "Facing History with the YPP Action Framework––Focusing on Eyes on the Prize: Ain’t Scared of Your Jails

 

Question

Answer/Notes

Choices

Consequences

1. Why Does It Matter to Me?







 
                           

2. How Much Should I Share?







 
   

3. How Do I Make It About More than Myself?






 
   

4. Where Do We Start?







 
     

5. How Can We Make It Easy and Engaging?








 
   
 

6. How Do You Get Wisdom from Crowds?




 
     

7. How Do You Handle the Downside of Crowds?







 
   

8. Are We Pursuing Voice or Influence or Both?




 
     

9. How Do We Get from Voice to Change?





 
     

10. How Can We Find Allies?