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How to transform your world

From starving polar bears to Weinstein, from Brexit to Trump; it’s easy to feel that too much change needs to take place in the world – and that we have too little power to make it happen. But something is afoot; you can feel it in the air, says Ali Roff

This year had only just begun, when, at the Golden Globes, Oprah Winfrey made a speech which became the final piece of evidence I needed to believe that 2018 could see big transformation. She spoke of a woman; young wife and mother Recy Taylor, who, in 1944, was abducted by six armed men, blindfolded, raped, and left by the side of the road. The men were never prosecuted and she lived with this injustice until she died late last year. As Oprah closed her speech, with the whole room on their feet, she said: ‘A new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women… and some pretty phenomenal men; fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say “me too” again.’ That’s when I realised 2018 would be a year of leaders.

The #metoo movement has been an amazing example of how something as tiny as a hashtag can sweep the globe, from Hollywood superstars to everyday women of all generations. Coined by American civil-rights activist and senior director at Girls For Gender Equity, Tarana Burke, who was named Time Person Of The Year for 2017, #metoo became a way for women to speak up, speak out and find solidarity against sexual assault and harassment, particularly in the workplace. To see how this seemingly small act of sharing personal experiences had grown to completely take over speeches in Hollywood awards ceremonies, was a powerful example of how change happens in the world today.

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What happens when you don’t like what you see in the world? Our dossier gives you the low-down on what you can do to step up and make the world a better place - be it making small changes in your community to founding a charity that will make a massive impact on the world. We also invite you to lighten up and have some fun this month. Katy Regan signs up to a comedy improvisation workshop – with surprising results. Suzy Bashford channels her inner punk and delights in swearing more and caring less what other people think. Still in need of some laughs? Meet Emma Stroud, Psychologies ‘clown in residence’, who must be the first person to conduct a TED talk dressed as a banana. It’s going to be an interesting month!

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