When figuring out what to do for my act of positive activism this week I thought maybe the definition of the word activism might help me. Merriam-Webster dictionary says it is a, “…doctrine or practise that emphasizes direct vigorous action especially in support of or opposition to one side of a controversial issue.” (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/activism) . Now you may have noticed my weekly acts are not exactly vigorous, so perhaps a challenge rename is in the works – maybe the doing good challenge. Same terms – one thing a week. It also could be termed the slacktivism challenge, but hey, it’s a slippery slope to activism.
So this week I decided to try micro-volunteering – “small acts of charity that can add up to significant social change” (Susan Fish).* I’d read of freerice.com where for every question answered correctly 10 grains of rice is donated through the World Food Program to end hunger. The day I played someone had earned 5500 grains of rice for the program! It’s pretty easy and quick and you can change subjects too.