What is Inspiring Involvement about?

This is a joint effort of two women to share inspiring ways to meet the needs of people & global issues.👩‍👧

As a four-year-old, Karin aspired to be a pirate. Seeking far-away lands in search of hidden treasures seemed to be the ideal life. Karin was motivated to discover and create with a deep interest in other cultures and foreign lands. As an adult, Karin has lived 20+ years internationally.🎨 Through many career endeavors, Karin has found joy when she can be creative and make a difference.

Years later, young Elena answered, “A garden,” when asked what she wanted to be when she grew up. 🌱Today she grows ideas & solutions in the garden of her mind, motivated to use her life to improve the lives of others. As a third-culture-kid, Elena has grown up in Asia and has the opportunity to form meaningful relationships with people from around the world. 🌏

For Karin (Mama) and Elena (妹妹, mèimei, “little sister” in Mandarin), they find joy in finding creative solutions, like design thinking, to address needs and opportunities both near and far. 🌈 They currently call the dynamic city of Shanghai, China “home.”

Our “Why”

⭐ Our mission

To encourage change-maker families to use their talents and interests to creatively serve others and address the deep needs of the world in love.

Frequently Asked Questions

It’s true, we all have struggles that can feel overwhelming. Don’t underestimate the power of small acts of kindness that you can offer to others. You can make someone’s day in simple ways. Your unique perspective and abilities can be a blessing to others when you reach out in kindness. You matter and you can make a difference!

No hands are too small to make a difference. Your children can gain empathy in a variety of ways. Your conversations help little ones understand the perspective of others. When you read stories together, try to understand the feelings of the characters. Affirm your child’s desire to respond in love when seeing someone in need.

Not at all. Concern and care for the needs of humanity is an awareness and worldview, that can shape decisions and actions right at home. “Think globally, act locally.” Patrick Geddes

In 2015, the United Nations identified 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to “end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere” by the year 2030. These 17 goals provide a framework for understanding and addressing the challenges of today without compromising future generations.

Why get involved with the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals?

Love your neighbor. Be kind. Sharing is caring…. There are many ways in which we can think about making a positive difference. Some problems are obvious and the solutions are clear or easily accomplished. Other problems are too large for one person to solve or the problem is widespread.

The UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) provides a framework for understanding, and responding to, global issues to “end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere.”

For younger changemakers, the “Good Life Goals” provides the concepts in easier-to-understand language and examples. The SDGs help us to identify the problems that exist, which is a starting place for being able to bring our ideas, talents, and skills needed to make a difference.

1. No Poverty

2. Zero Hunger

3. Good Health & Well-Being

4. Quality Education

5. Gender Equality

6. Clean Water & Sanitation

7. Affordable & Clean Energy

8. Decent Work & Economic Growth

9. Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure

10. Reduced Inequalities

11. Sustainable Cities & Communities

12. Responsible Consumption & Production

13. Climate Action

14. Life Below Water

15. Life On Land

16. Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions

17. Partnerships For The Goals