Become a Solutionary

We’re so glad that you want to become a solutionary! Being a solutionary is rewarding and meaningful, and matters. 

If you sometimes (or often) feel hopeless about the future and believe that positive change is unlikely, we want to remind you that in so many ways, the world has gotten and is getting better. For example:

  • On average, people are living longer and healthier lives than ever before. 
  • Extreme poverty has declined dramatically. 
  • Previously disenfranchised groups have gained rights and opportunities that their grandparents only dreamed of. 
  • In many countries the air and water are cleaner than they were fifty years ago. 
  • Most people believe animals should not be treated cruelly. 

These shifts remind us that positive change is possible when people collaborate to address injustice, cruelty, and destruction.

At the same time, some problems are getting worse. 

  • The Earth continues to warm, and climate change is causing catastrophic problems for people and other species. 
  • Half of all species may become extinct by the end of the century.
  • Nuclear weapons continue to pose a grave danger. 
  • Profound injustices persist, and human slavery and trafficking across the globe have not declined. 
  • Relentless cruelty to animals is the norm in the growing meat and fishing industries.

The world needs solutionaries because these problems and atrocities must end, and when you become a solutionary you’ll be part of a growing movement of people working together to create a world where all life can thrive!

How can you become a solutionary?

To be a solutionary, you first need to bring a solutionary lens to problems and to learn to think like a solutionary. Watch this video to understand what this means:

Next, you need to practice using a solutionary process. You can find an outline of this process here

Ready to get started?

  • Download your free guidebook, How to Be a Solutionary, and follow the steps to identify and solve problems you care about.
  • Learn about a range of global issues by visiting our Pinterest Boards. 
  • Share your solutionary work by submitting a short video for our Solutionary YouTube Channel. We’ll be curating this channel and posting the most solutionary ideas and supporting solutions with awards to continue the work!

Consider the three questions that will guide you on your solutionary path by watching this 11-minute TEDx.

Curious about the definition of “solutionary?” Click here to learn more.