How Can We Change the World?

How Can We Change the WorldI used to feel powerless and depressed when I would hear about all of the problems going on in the world.  I still do, but I’ve also been feeling inspired and hopeful, thanks to the fact that it’s so easy to create positive change these days.  When I learn about a new problem in the world (usually by watching a documentary on Netflix or seeing a post on Facebook), I can immediately support the people and organizations who are working to come up with a solution by giving a small donation, signing a petition, spreading the word on social media or making a small change in my own life.

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”  – Alice Walker

Instead of feeling defeated by the world, we can empower ourselves by learning about important problems and then contributing to their solutions in our own way.  We have power in numbers, and all of our actions can add up to big changes!

If you’ve been feeling powerless in the face of all the bad news we’re bombarded with, try watching some of these amazing documentaries – they’ll shock, educate and inspire you to start changing the world in your own way :)

1. Half the Sky
2. Chasing Ice
3. DamNation
4. Living on One Dollar
5. Last Call at the Oasis
6. Eco-Pirate
7. Forks Over Knives
8. We the Tiny House People
9. Out in the Line Up
10. The Culture High

Let me know what you think of these docs and how you’re changing the world in your own way.  Please share more movie suggestions, too!

Take care,


8 thoughts on “How Can We Change the World?

  1. Terri

    Oh, your post comes at such a perfect time. I’ve been feeling that way some days – like what can I do to change the world? And then I realize, even by making small changes in my own life, I am helping. But of course I want to do more! So I appreciate, very much so, this list of documentaries. I’ve only seen 3.5 of them (have only seen part of DamNation).

    I might also suggest Cowspiracy ( and Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home (

    The Tribe of Heart website also has another movie called Witness which I want to see – about what one person can accomplish.

    Oh, and you might want to see “Opening Our Eyes” You can have the movie delivered to you via email and then you can watch it anytime you need inspiration. I highly recommend it – it’s what one person can do if they just start taking that one small step.

    You should know your blog does help a lot of folks and your youtube channel as well. Thanks for the time and effort you put into them.

    1. Danielle Post author

      Terri – I’m glad you’re with me on this and that you know what I was trying to say :) There’s so much we can do and they don’t have to be grand gestures. They can be small things we do every day. I love your movie suggestions – I just watched the trailer for Opening Our Eyes and it looks like an especially beautiful movie! I’ll try to watch them all! Thank you for sharing <3

  2. Una

    Hi Danielle, have you seen The Human Scale and Disruption. They are both amazing and super inspiring documentaries. I would highly recommend them.

    1. Danielle Post author

      Hey Una – I haven’t seen those yet, but I’ll check them out in the fall! We’re on a tight internet leash now that we’ve moved into the van so it’s going to be all books for the summer haha!

  3. Warren Brooke

    Hi Danielle,

    I love your project…very inspiring!

    Two documentaries that I would recommend are “Home”, and “I Am”.

    “Home” is about the planet, natural systems and humanity. It has outrageously beautiful cinematography from around the world.

    “I Am” is really curious. It is a documentary from Tom Shadyac, the writer of “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” and other silly films. Not your prototypical guide to enlightenment, but the documentary follows Tom after a near-fatal bicycle accident makes him explore what it is to be alive and human. He meets with people who share really fascinating insights into humanity, consciousness and connection. Maybe more important to your own project, the film shows Tom’s rise to fame and fortune leading to a really unsatisfying life in an expensive Hollywood house, and he eventually downsizes to a mobile home in a trailer park where he seems really content.

    Anyways, safe travels to you both!

    1. Danielle Chabassol Post author

      Hi Warren,

      Thank you for the movie suggestions – they both sound amazing.

      Mat may have mentioned the Tom Shadyac movie to me but we haven’t watched it yet. We definitely will now that we know he downsized his life :)

      Thanks again and take care!

  4. Marianna

    Hello Danielle and Mat!

    I am sooo happy I have discovered your blog and videos. I wish we could be friends :) I can relate to many of your ideas, desires and values! I wish I knew more people like you in “real” life ;)

    I also often think about how I could possibly make a positive contribution to our world and often feel powerless and depressed. But I am trying to do my small part in the small ways I can. Thank you for the encouragement and reminder! Will definitely take a look at those documentaries. I often find myself watching similar things alone and wishing I knew more like minded people :) Maybe we could start a virtual movie club with Google Hangout discussions after watching a film of the month???

    I think you’re doing a lot of good already by providing such an inspiring example of how to live well with less and be very thoughtful about one’s footprint and consumption choices. I think you might also enjoy this project (a couple traveling in South America in an RV are visiting sustainable communities, eco villages and permaculture centers documenting their ideas, creative techniques and tools that can be applied around the world.) here

    You can use the following site to find intentional communities in the US if this sounds appealing (not sure about Canada)

    Have fun exploring and sharing!

    1. Danielle Chabassol Post author

      Hi Marianna, thank you for reaching out! It’s always so nice to know that we’re not alone in wanting to make positive changes in our lives (and in the world) even though it sometimes feels like we are. I hope you enjoy the documentaries I mentioned and that you find many more to inspire you!

      Your idea to start a virtual movie club is really cool and I think you should do it if you feel inspired to :)

      Thank you also for the link to the intentional communities project – I’ll definitely check it out.

      Take care and happy exploring!


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