By: Nikko Ebbole
We recognize problems everyday in society. We are quick to pick them out and maybe even talk about them with our friends. However, it seems all too often that we don’t take action when these problems arise. Instead of seeing a problem and attempting to fix it, we seem content just complaining about it. We need to realize that change comes from action. Sitting back and talking never fixes a problem, if anything it just makes it more nauseating.
Non-profit organizations can make a difference when it comes to recognizing problems and taking action. Through the use of social media, and other similar outlets, non-profits can call attention to problems that work against their cause and bring change to them. Doing this not only can solve a problem going on in society, but can also attract more attention to your non-profit. As always, more attention is never a bad thing.
Fixing a Problem
An example of this can be found in the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Recently, this organization became aware of the fact that “hook-up” apps such as Tinder were linked to the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. Upon coming across this information the AIDS Healthcare Foundation did not just sit back, they took action. They put up billboards and advertisements revealing the truth about Tinder. These actions motivated Tinder to provide links to centers for sexually transmitted disease testing on its site.
Positively Impacting Society
This just goes to show that taking action when a problem is discovered can truly cause a domino effect and make a change for the better. We need to snap out of the routine of just seeing a problem and talking about it and push it to the next step, doing something about it. This is a good step to making the world better one problem solved at a time.
Nikko Ebbole is a junior at the University of Iowa. He is currently double majoring in Ethics and Public Policy as well as Journalism and Mass Communications. He hopes to attend law school after graduating from the University of Iowa next summer.