Change the world from the comfort of your desk! - New book from the creators of Change the World for a Fiver
‘Thirty minutes walking per day cuts the risk of heart disease by half. It’ll clear your brain as well. Blow the cobwebs away. As my old mum used to say. As she lay on the sofa, six inches deep in dust, drinking a four-pack of Guinness.’
Action 88: Get off one stop early – Change the World 9 to 5
Change the World 9 to 5 picks up where the bestselling book Change the World for a Fiver left off; with fifty simple everyday actions which we can all do during our working day to change the world. It’s a simple concept. Change the small things. Encourage your workmates to do likewise. Sit back. Swivel. And watch as not only the quality of office life improves but also the planet’s prospects, the bottom line and – in turn – your boss’s disposition.
Change the World 9 to 5 is the result of an extensive UK-wide collaboration involving a creative team which includes some of the UK’s leading photographers, designers, writers and illustrators, all of whom gave their time and talents for free. Additionally, the book features more than 500 new suggested actions sent to the We Are What We Do website by people from all walks of life and from all corners of the globe.
The book also has suggestions from some famous contributors, including Alain de Botton, Sir Alex Ferguson, Jilly Cooper, Sir Martin Sorrell and Kathy Lette.
With sharp copy and compelling graphics, many organisations are planning to use it as a CSR handbook. Companies which have already shown their support include Sainsbury’s, BDO Stoy Hayward, Accenture, Morgan Stanley, Marks & Spencer, O2, BAA, Ben and Jerry’s, Coca-Cola Great Britain, ABN Amro and Eurostar.
Actions in Change the World 9 to 5 include: Find out where your lunch has come from; Remember people’s names; Challenge your business about its ‘lights on at night policy’; Smile when you answer the phone; Ring the IT help desk just to see how they are; Speak rather than email; Play bullshit bingo; Leave work on time at least once a week.
David Robinson, founder of We Are What We Do and the charity Community Links, says: “We believe in the simple formula that small changes x lots of people = big change. All the actions in the book will improve someone’s life or will contribute to change in the wider world. Most are commonsense, many are fun and some will even save money! This is just the beginning. We Are What We Do is still less than two years old. It is incredibly exciting to think about the breadth of possibilities.’’
Change the World 9 to 5 is available at Amazon.co.uk