Inspire people to change the world with just their computer


About the project


Tipping Point £5,000
Let's get printing! £10,000
tipping point
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!
tipping point
25 hrs
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!

More about the project

What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
The need for more active communities and everyday activists to tackle the issues and problems around us by doing something about them.
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
Anyone can do it. Everyone should try!
What is your solution?
Simple actions for getting started are suggested, all of which can be undertaken from your computer. These are divided into 52 themes, one for each week of the year.
How will you deliver this?
A book in hard copy and electronic formats, plus a monthly email alert.

Get involved

Here are some great ways to get involved with the project and help out. If you have...
  • 2 minutes
    Email 5 friends with a message promoting the book and asking them to buy it
  • 5 minutes
    Propose an idea to put up on the website
  • 15 minutes
    Do one of the actions in the book
  • 30 minutes
    Take your idea, research it and write it up so you can tell others about it
  • A few hours
    Commit to taking one action a week to help create a better world
  • Regular time commitment
    Start your own world-changing project. Use Buzzbank to raise the money you need to do it!

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Theresa Burton 08 August 2011 - 16:07

You can read Micahel's latest project update on our blog here:

Michael Norton 25 July 2011 - 18:18

To answer Jon Brown's question, the copyright is held by a UK charity, Centre for Innovation in Voluntary Action. All royalty income and rights income will be used for charitable purposes, promoting social enterprise and supporting social entrepreneurs, and we are also in discussion with The Big Issue to share the copyright with them, using their share of the income to benefit homeless people.

Jon Brown 06 June 2011 - 14:09

Sounds fine in principle.....but how much personal profit is Michael likely to make from future sales of the book?

Theresa Burton 11 April 2011 - 12:42

You can read Michael's latest project news update on our blog here:

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VickyF 11 February 2011 - 09:40

Brilliant - love it. Can't wait to get involved and read the book

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About the organisation

Vision and mission

To promote and establish innovations in voluntary action in the UK, India and other countries with an emphasis on youth action and citizenship, the environment, international development and social entrepreneurship.

Geographical coverage


Our track record

CIVA (the Centre for Innovation in Voluntary Action) is a registered charity (Charity Commission registration number 1122095) founded by Michael Norton. Here are some of our year-by-year highlights since we got started (CIVA was formally registered as a not-for-profit company in June 1995): 1994: South-North exchanges. CIVA brought Stan and Mari Thekaekara from India to the UK to explore poverty here. Subsequent exchanges explored the issues of housing, peace-building and young Asian girls growing up in a modern world. 1995: International philanthropy. CIVA undertook a study for the Charities Aid Foundation on the voluntary sector in India which led to the setting up of CAF India, and the spreading of CAF internationally. CIVA also encourages the development of fundraising in the South through publications and training. 1996: Homeless self-help. With an innovation grant from Crisis and in partnership with the National Homeless Alliance, CIVA established StreetLife to promote volunteering and organise speak-outs for homeless people. This led to the establishment of Groundswell, the self-help forum for homeless people. 1997: Village literacy. With a grant from the National Lottery, CIVA developed a programme of "village publishing" to develop and distribute books for rural readers with limited literacy skills alongside a programme of village library development. 1998: Telephone helplines for streetchildren. CIVA developed a replication strategy for ChildLine India, and obtained a lottery grant to expand the scheme from Mumbai (Bombay) across India working in partnership with the Government of India. Today, ChildLine India operates in over 210 cities in India, and Child Helpline International has been set up in Amsterdam to promote children's helplines across the world. 1999: Young grantmakers. CIVA established YouthBank UK to enable young people to make grants to projects led by young people. Today, there are approximately 70 YouthBanks around the UK, and others in Eastern Europe, South Asia and Africa. 2000: Social entrepreneurship. Michael assembled the consortium which became the successful bidder for the £100 million Millennium Legacy and led to the setting up of UnLtd, which makes over 1,000 awards each year to individuals with ideas for changing their community, society or the world. 2001: Youth Volunteering. Michael led the International Year of Volunteers youth programme, which created the Young Achiever Awards, now run by the Young Achievers Trust. 2002: International youth activism. For five years, CIVA ran a "Young People Change the World!" international summer school for young activists, organised entirely by young people. 2003: Street children's banking. In partnership with Butterflies, a Delhi NGO and with funding from Comic Relief, CIVA supported the development of street children's banking in South Asia. The banks are run by the children themselves, and provide a safe place for their money, encourage saving and make loans for micro-enterprises. There are now over 20 children's banks in South Asia. 2004: Everyday acvitivism. CIVA conceived and published 365 ways to change the world, providing practical ideas for actions that people can take to change the world. 2005: A pilot village reading programme was established in Andhra Pradesh to encourage reading and enable highly disadvantaged people to access information with the potential to change their lives. 2006: Enterprise and financial literacy for young people. MyBnk enables young people to operate their own savings and lending bank in a school, foyer or community setting. 2007: Go carbon neutral. CIVA worked on two UK council housing estates to foster behavior change and engage residents in actively addressing climate change. A report of this project is available. 2008: Following a successful learning journey to India for social entrepreneurs, we helped launch UnLtd India to support social entrepreneurs inially in Mumbai, but with the aim of extending across India and then to other countries. 2009: Reclaiming food waste. We launched FoodCycle to encourage young people to volunteer to cook surplus and donated food using donated kitchen to feed people in need, such as the homeless and refugees. 2010: We developed Buzzbnk as a crowdfunding platform specifically for social ventures, to help raise donations, loans and supporters. Buzzbnk was formally launched in January 2011. We also supported the Oxford Jam, the successful fringe event for social entrepreneurs run alongside the Skoll World Forum2011: Innovation Labs, a new sort of community centre on a social housing estate which focuses on engagement and social enterprise to help turn ideas into action. The first projects opened in 2012 in Hackney (Workshop 44 with Hackney Homes) and Victoria (with Peabody). 2012: The International centre for Social Franchising, a global initiative to promote the rapid scaling up of successful projects.

Who do we help?

To provide social benefit to wider society by creating innovations which address particular needs and which are either scalable or replicable.

How do we deliver this?

Support for the establishment of new social ventures and for social entrepreneurs.

Awards And Recognitions

Michael Norton OBE, CIVA Director, in the last 4 years has been awarded the Professional Fundraising Lifetime Achievement Award and a D Litt (Hon) by the University of Wolverhampton.