100 Ways To Engage The World

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100 Ways To Engage The World

An engaged world is one where everyone lives fully and wholly, everyday in every way. Since 2010, I have been working across the U.S. and Canada to promote the concept of an engaged world. We define engagement as the sustained connections people have to the world within and around them. We teach that becoming engaged in any way affects everybody. Read this list and learn why.

Engagement can happen in every way you can imagine. Here are 100 ways to be engaged.

100 Ways to Engage the World

100 Ways to Engage the World by Adam Fletcher for adamfletcher.net
  1. Home—Get engaged in your day-to-day life.
  2. Family—Engage with people you are born to and choose: brothers, sisters, parents, children, others.
  3. Learning—Find ways to engage in your own learning no matter how old you are.
  4. Water—Engaging in the surface cover of 72% of Earth includes swimming, drinking, and enjoying it.
  5. Beauty—Becoming engaged in beautiful things can mean a lot to the beauty around you.
  6. Work—Engaging in what you make your livelihood in may be the key to your happiness.
  7. Reading—Exploring literature about new topics, your interests, or art can be engaging.
  8. Play—Find engaging ways to dig into the things you enjoy, and enjoy them more.
  9. Hospitals—Develop sustained connections with people who are recovering and emerging from care.
  10. Breathing—Get consciously engaged in the moment-by-moment function of living, with purpose.
  11. Advocacy—Standing with others and empowering the powerless can be very engaging.
  12. Self-Empowerment—You can engage within yourself and discovering the role of yourself in the world.
  13. Art—Engaging in art can mean creating it, viewing it, critiquing it, and more.
  14. Peace—Fostering nonviolence in your life and the lives of others can be very engaging.
  15. Friendships—Developing short or long term connections with people we choose can be engaging.
  16. Wildlife—Surveying animals, studying birds, sustainable fishing and hunting can all be engaging.
  17. Communication—It is engaging to share thoughts and wisdom with others in creative or direct ways.
  18. Pets—Engaging in sustained connections to the animals kept as pets or helping others doing the same.
  19. Critical Thinking—Developing sustained connections with honest, authentic, and real responses in you.
  20. Parks—Go and walk, lay, eat, draw, paint, climb, run, paddle, swim, and have fun.
  21. Friendships—The people you spend recreational time with want to be engaged with, too.
  22. Physical Activity—Movement that supports healthy bodies can be very engaging.
  23. Ethnic Backgrounds—Engage in learning about the backgrounds of people from specific places.
  24. Nature—Find engagement in the gardens, forests, ocean, lawns, and air around you.
  25. Neighboring—Actively knowing and interacting with the people around us can be engaging.
  26. Community—Stand with people you relate to and engage with them.
  27. Culture—Engage in the shared attitudes, traditions, and actions of a connected background.
  28. Libraries—Be in these public places designed to share free learning with the masses.
  29. Coaching—Engage in provide encouragement and support to people trying to achieve things.
  30. Music—Sharing melodies within or outside yourself can be very engaging.
  31. Health—Getting engaged in your health and well-being can connect you deeply with your body.
  32. Neighborhood—Engage in the place you live, work, play, and grow everyday.
  33. Homemaking—Nurturing family by building the capacity of children and parents can be engaging.
  34. Community Centers—Get engage in the places where community is fostered in play and sharing.
  35. Anti-Racism—Challenging racist thinking and action can be very engaging.
  36. Music—Listen, share, create, dream, sleep, and breathe engagement in the sounds of life.
  37. Place-Based Connections—Living rural, urban, or broadly can be engaging when done intentionally.
  38. Teaching—Facilitating others learning experiences can be a deep avenue for engagement.
  39. Mediation—Developing deep connection in resolving self-conflict and other’s can be illuminating.
  40. Self-Development—Engage in challenging negative assumptions or building skills and knowledge.
  41. Globalization—Engaging in enriching world perspectives and uniting cultures.
  42. Hiking—Walking, climbing, and otherwise traveling by foot can be very engaging.
  43. Nonprofits—Engaging with staff who are building on missions to help the world.
  44. Poetry—Engaging in the feelings, motions, ideas, and thoughts of others can happen through poetry.
  45. Refugees—Supporting people who escape from oppression or suffering can be engaging.
  46. Love—Know the greatest engagement in deep love for the universe and all that is within it.
  47. Cooking—Engaging in foods and meal-making can be sustained throughout a lifetime.
  48. Homelessness—Create lasting connection with youth, families, and others without a permanent home.
  49. Farming—Growing food and consuming local farm food can be deeply engaging.
  50. Heritage—Become engaged in the history of your neighborhood, family, or other identity.
  51. Disconnection—Engaging in fostering healthy disconnection and bridging new ones can be vital.
  52. Construction—Fostering lifelong connections to building homes and places for others matters.
  53. Volunteering—Engaging in supporting others, places, or issues can be rich and exciting.
  54. Relief—When places cannot get enough of what they need, it is engaging to provide relief.
  55. Nutrition—Learning about healthy eating, food knowledge, and diverse food sourcing is engaging.
  56. Sports—Being engaged in athletic play, competition, or achievement can be sustained.
  57. Finances—Engaging in personal, community, company, or cultural economics can be rich.
  58. Politics—Develop lasting connections to the formal and informal structures of influence and power.
  59. Crafts—Creating homemade supplies, arts, food, clothing, and other items can be engaging.
  60. Orphans—Engage with children and youth without parents through mentoring and other ways.
  61. Schools—Teach, learn, or help others do the same in the formal places where education happens.
  62. Outdoor Education—Deep connections in facilitating outdoor learning can change the world.
  63. Decision-Making—Lean into the decisions you make everyday to engage in them meaningfully.
  64. Government—Engage deeply in the social structures designed to ensure people can engage.
  65. Education—Engaging in the challenges and opportunities others face in learning can change your life.
  66. Small Business—Supporting and creating local, small, and nimble business can be very engaging.
  67. Writing—Making imagination and knowledge pour on paper can be engaging.
  68. Travel—Becoming engaged in visiting places you aren’t familiar with can defeat ignorance.
  69. Restoration—To engage in bringing life to old things can be enlightening and powerful.
  70. Evaluation—Look at your own life, the world you live in, and the people you are engaged with.
  71. Repairs—Fixing broken things can be engaging.
  72. Protesting—Engage in sharing concerns with lawmakers and officials about issues that concern you.
  73. Internet—You can engage in connecting, learning, and creating content on the web.
  74. Reporting—Engage in sharing news, stories, and details with others in dynamic ways.
  75. Senior Centers—In can be very engaging to be with learned wisdom goes towards the end of life.
  76. Tutoring—Helping learners discover their capabilities in any topic can be very engaging.
  77. Strategic Thinking—Become engaged in new and logical avenues for seeing wisdom.
  78. Environmental Restoration—Engage in rebuilding and enriching the natural cycle of life on Earth.
  79. Emergencies—Engaging with others in times of need and crises matters immensely.
  80. Clubs—Connecting over professional and personal interests can be engaging.
  81. Parenting—Engaging with being intentional in childraising can be vital.
  82. Philanthropy—Engage with issues that matter by fundraising and giving money to causes.
  83. Trees—Examining, learning, reforesting, planting, preserving, or caring for trees can be engaging.
  84. Media-making—Engage in creating websites, newspapers, television, videos, and other media.
  85. Fun—Engage in creating, becoming part of, or expanding fun in your own life or with others.
  86. Driving—Exploring new spaces and examining where you already live can be engaging.
  87. Languages—Engaging in languages can mean listening, speaking, or exploring communication.
  88. Solar Power—Connecting deeply with alternative energy can change the world and yourself.
  89. Identity Issues—Fostering and exploring connectivity between and within identities can be engaging.
  90. Playgrounds—Engaging in play with your children is supporting their engagement in play.
  91. Clothing—Establish deep connections with other’s and your own clothing needs.
  92. Dance—Creative movement, motion, rhythm, and melodic play are all engaging activities.
  93. Self-Teaching—Learning new things and developing your understandings can be engaging.
  94. Intergenerational Partnerships—Engage in forming deep connections beyond your age group.
  95. Civic Action—Volunteering, voting, connecting, and building in communities can be engaging.
  96. Healthcare—Engaging in making sure everyone can access healthcare is important.
  97. Social Engagement—Fostering sustainable connections to the world around you is vital.
  98. Personal Engagement—Recognizing the ways you’re engaged within yourself can be essential.
  99. Languages—Learning, examining, and exploring different ways people communicate can be engaging.
  100. Inequality—Bridging social, cultural, and structural differences can be engaging.

If you’re interested, I have written a lot about how to become more engaged, and simply acknowledging the things you’re already engaged in. How do you engage YOU? How would you engage the world? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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