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My hero to shadow: Alex Steffen of worldchanging.org

I follow Alex Steffen on twitter and have been doing so for a while. He's how I found out about this game!

Perhaps I'm choosing too easy of a way to meet this objective by going with a social innovator I already follow---but by addressing this mission objective, I may learn even more--

The reason I follow him is because he has been an effective voice for change in the US.
I believe he was instrumental in getting Seattle city council to begin to seriously consider how to make the city become carbon neutral.

But even before that I followed him because he, like James Howard Kunstler, has a fairly large audience within in the US and he is such a strong, vocal advocate for designing carfree cities, living, and lifestyles.

In the past I have made attempts at social advocacy in this area--such as with the web site carfreeuniverse, as well as by attending various conferences and gatherings and educating and advocating for "transitioning to carfree living and environments". I never considered myself very successful-- I never did anything that would reach a million or more people (or, to be honest, really thought I wanted to reach that many people). So, naturally, I cheer on and respect those who are reaching a million or more in this area.

Lutz Fernandez, co-author of Carjacked! is another who has succeeded in reaching a million (probably) in the area of advocating for carfree living.

So that is the hero I'm shadowing and why. Conceivably I could learn to become a social innovator to some degree of the magnitude that he is eventually. But what is it that makes someone want to reach a large audience vs. just seek to have a good life on their own regardless of what the rest of the world is doing?

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Comment by Mita Williams on March 9, 2010 at 4:47pm
"But what is it that makes someone want to reach a large audience vs. just seek to have a good life on their own regardless of what the rest of the world is doing?"

Ah! Or maybe it should be, "But what is about wanting to join a large network of those who seek a good life for themselves *and* for others? "

I think we've already seen a first step ;)


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