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Why should I get involved?

If you don't like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time. 
Marian Wright Edelman

ClassACT is an innovative opportunity to make a difference, to help create positive change, and to build relationships with Classmates. ClassACT is unique, and there is currently no similar initiative in the Harvard Alumni community. 

There is evidence galore that doing well by others makes the doer feel good --- that's one thing. You'll also find that working with people you have known since college --- or didn't know then but welcome getting to know now --- can be really enjoyable.

You might also enjoy the chance to upgrade our college "story." As Pete Seeger said in 1994, “The key to the future of the world is finding the optimistic stories and letting them be known.” But choreographer Twyla Tharp wisely points out that "Optimism with some experience behind it is much more energizing than plain old experience with a certain degree of cynicism."

According to Robert F. Kennedy,  human history is shaped by "numberless diverse acts of courage and belief."  Each time one of us  acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he or she "sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."

“It’s been enriching and surprising… that the values of human friendship and the values of a community of people who are interested in some of the same issues having to do with society and humankind—that we can be brought together through ClassACT.”

Therese Steiner, Founding Board Member

ClassACT HR ‘73

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