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Return of the Willing Wall

— By: The Team at Nau

Happy Earth Day!

A year ago, we posted a short note about The Willing Wall, an experiment Nau did during our that year’s Earth Day celebrations. The idea was simple: hang a blackboard and ask people to put down up what they were willing to do to create positive change in 2009. Lubricated with a few bottles of organic vodka, our results quickly passed PG-13, including everything from “I will always use biodegradable doggie bags” to “I will stop showering alone.”


At the time, Josie wrote: “While these aren’t necessarily new mind blowing ideas, I like having the Willing Wall here in the office. It’s a nice visual connection between our small changes and the bigger community of people working toward the same goal and having fun along the way.”

Opening it up to the larger Thought Kitchen community, we asked you what you were willing to do to make change in the year ahead. Erika M. promised to volunteer with the PDX Fruit Tree Project. Steve H. decided to only wear second hand clothing. Brighton planned to bring a reusable bag to the grocery store. Now, a year later, it’s time to look back—how did you do with your promise?

But perhaps more importantly, it’s also time to look forward. The first step to making change is deciding to do it. So this Earth Day, we want to hear from you: what will YOU do this year to create positive change?


Words by Alex Hamlin.