The Ripple App
Create the Habits for Sustained Constructive Action to Combat Racism and Make a Better World
Build Your Habits to Make a Difference!
It takes alternating periods of vigorous activity and rest every day to build our muscles, develop athletic skills, and improve our physical health. Same idea with learning music. And it also takes daily or regular practices of education, action, and reflection to build or moral muscles and civic skills to fight racism and create a better world.
What is The Ripple App?
Ripple is intended to be the “‘Fitbit’ for Civic Change” — a free website, Android app, and (soon) iPhone/iPad app to provide education and motivation for people to sustain their commitments to racial justice and making a better world, while growing personally in the process. It was initially inspired by the article “75 Things that White People Can Do for Racial Justice.” written by Corinne Shutack in 2017.
Why is it called Ripple?
We find that Robert F. Kennedy’s speech about the need for RIPPLES OF HOPE captures our vision for this project: “It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a [person] stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he 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.”
How can I use Ripple?
The goal for Ripple is not just to create a list of resources, but to help people develop the HABIT of working at least a little bit every day to educate themselves, center themselves, take action in their “everyday life,” or be part of collective advocacy efforts.
Use our free “training app” to organize and develop your ability to have an impact in the world. To begin, pick a small (or large) activity in each category each day and commit to acting on it. Once you’re done, check it off as complete and (if you want) share it with your friends or with a team of folks working on the same goals.
Ripple has four categories of activities:
- Educate Yourself: Learn more about why and what change is needed
- Center Yourself: Get in touch with your inner wisdom, purpose, empathy, and courage each day
- Everyday Action: How you spend money, invest, use your time, and talk to people makes a difference.
- Collective Action: Get involved on issues that matter. Advocacy Education Other Projects
For each activity, you can…
- Step 1: Commit!
If you find an activity you are interested in, just click the “Commit!” button. The activity will now be listed on your Home page.
- Step 2: Start an Activity
Once you begin an activity such as reading a book, just click the Start an Activity button.
- Step 3: Mark as Complete
When you finish an activity, click Mark Complete. The activity will now be logged in your Completed Activities.
Who is developing Ripple?
RIPPLE APP is a project of the Civic Leadership Project (http://www.civicleadershipproject.org) and its DC Tutoring & Mentoring Initiative (http://dcTutorMentor.org). The Civic Leadership Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, DCTMI’s parent organization, is based in Washington, DC, and dedicated to practical civic and educational transformation. If we are to successfully tackle the major challenges that our communities and our nation faces today, we must create a stronger civic culture. We do this through concrete projects and practices, like DCTMI and Ripple, that bring people together across class, race, and ideology and help each of us develop the civic mindset and skills we need to effectively work together for the shared goal of making a better world.
How can I help improve Ripple?
Do you know of a book, movie, article, or other resource that could benefit other Ripple users? Help us by making a recommendation.