The best way to make the world around you a better place is to, well, do something about it. Participate in life, do things that influence those both close to and far away from you. The best way to enjoy life is to help other people enjoy it as well.
For a long time, if you wanted to do something like that you were mostly limited to your local community. However, the advent of the Internet has made helping other people easier than ever. Here are a few tips on how you can contribute to the well-being of society without actually leaving your house.
1. Start a socially oriented business
People often fail to understand that doing good things and helping other people may not only make you feel better, but also be profitable. There are thousands of opportunities around us, open for those who can think outside the box, to make the lives of other people better while earning money. Some would say that a good deed is its own reward; but ask those helped by, for example, Ehsan Bayat at Afghan Wireless and see if they would rather go without any help than with the help by those who turned aiding them into a business?
2. Build a sustainable internet infrastructure
Internet is, without doubt, an awesome thing which has completely changed the way we live our lives. It, however, can be even better, and to achieve that you don’t have to make groundbreaking inventions. To make the lives of those surfing the web a little bit better you have to simply speed up your website. Again, not only does it help you by improving your search rankings and site optimization, but it also makes a small contribution to the well-being of the Internet in general. These things add up.
3. Online platforms for discussing social problems
The Internet offers an easy way for contacting other people. It doesn’t matter where they live, if you share the same views, interests and ideals it will be possible to get in touch and pursue your common goals. The question is: how to find these kindred spirits?
Your best shot is to use a social network specifically aimed at addressing and solving the problems troubling modern society, for example Koios. This is, however, just one example. Online, you can find communities dedicated to any conceivable (and inconceivable) cause.
4. Teach people
Do you have any skills you can impart on other people? Knowledge they may benefit from? Why not teach others what you can? Anything will do, from languages to programming, and with the help of World Wide Web you can easily do this via your site or blog.
5. Contribute money
Charity is an old thing, but the Internet managed to make it so easy to participate in. There is no longer a need to go somewhere, to sign checks, to contact actual charities. You can simply run a Google search for the charities of your choice and donate however much you want. If you don’t want to look for yourself, there are always charity aggregators, that will show you all the reputable charities neatly packed within one website with all the information you need to choose where to send your money.
The Internet allows us to eliminate the boundaries between the developed and the developing countries, communicate with people regardless of their nationality or location, find acquaintances living in environments inconceivable to us. And anything that brings people together is a good thing, period.
So the next time you go surfing the Web, try and look for some new people, people you have no chance of meeting otherwise–and see if this alone can change your respective worlds.
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