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GOOD Citizenship Task 16: Write a Letter to the Editor #30DaysofGOOD

by harrison Freeman, Eric Liu

February 20, 2012

Things are easier said than done, or so the old adage goes, and we couldn't agree more. That's why we do The GOOD 30-Day Challenge (#30DaysofGOOD), a monthly attempt to live better. Our challenge for February? GOOD citizenship.

Write a letter to the editor or your local paper about something you care about.

Don't get mad, get published! Though newspapers are changing and much of reading has gone digital, the old-school letter to the editor is still a staple of good citizenship. Whether in print or in pixels, a short compressed format to express your sympathy or disagreement with something you've read in the news is not just satisfying; it's contagious. The more people who read your letter, the more who will think about a side of an issue they might not have contemplated. Just as importantly, those readers will know that they too have a voice crying out to be heard. Letters to the editor—often just 50 or 100 words, tightly argued, densely packed with punch—are the original tweets. Send one out and change people's minds.

Learn how to live like a citizen at The Guiding Lights Weekend conference on creative citizenship March 8-10 in Seattle.

Propose an idea to promote GOOD citizenship where you live for a chance to win $500 to make it happen.

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GOOD Citizenship Task 16: Write a Letter to the Editor #30DaysofGOOD