Change the world for a fiver holds up such a simple idea. This is that whatever we do shapes the world we live in.
You might expect this to be a solemn polemic that would make the reader feel guilty and or powerless.
The authors have completely avoided this by creating a mini-masterpiece of wit and common sense. They list fifty things that anyone can do to make the world a better place. Each one is presented wittily on a separate page with simple illustrations, or practical things like a postcard, or seeds for "Plant a tree".
They include "Have a bath with someone you love" (Save water. Have fun. Just get out before everythng becomes wrinkled); Write to someone who inspired you (Nice to do, nice to get, what's not to like about it).
My favourite is "Learn to be friendly in another language". This is not something I do, but it is something I want to try.
"Ma yumkin an as 'ad" is "Can I help in" Arabic. They say "Just by learning a few words in a foreign language, it is amazing how much genuine warmth you an generate". I believe them, what would happen if thousands of us did it?
This initiative is supported by the leaders of the three main political parties. I am very enthusiastic about it because it goes against the apathy and powerlessness that so many people carry. Instead, it is a beacon of hope. Its genius is it shows that making the world a better place could be fun!<