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Welcome to Step Two

Asking the Question.

Now that you have identified the things that you care about you are ready to ask your question. This question should be something about some aspect of the things you care about. This can be something that really bothers you, a more specific issue, or something you really like about it that you think there should be more of. 

Here is an example: If you identify that the thing you care about is illiteracy and you learn that there is a very high illiteracy rate in your community you can ask the question “Why is the illiteracy rate so high in my community?” 

What this will do is lead you to gathering more information about the problem. Now to gather this information you want to start a dialogue with other people by asking them your question. These people can be your friends (in person), friends (on social media), your family, teachers, and your religious or community leaders. 

A question is an invitation for someone to share their ideas about what you are talking about. So you don’t need to set it up with a long story, just bring it up like you are asking them about their day, but ask your question. This will not only allow you to get more people involved and interested in your idea, but it also gives you the chance to learn more about the issue. 

This step, having conversations, is very important. Not just because you get to share your question and get it out of your head, but because you are getting facts and not just assuming you know the answer. The problem might not be exactly what you think it is.

Looking back at our illiteracy example, after you ask your question you might find out that their is a shortage of books, or tutors or something that you never thought of. 

Now that you have figured out your question and shared it so you can define what you want to do, you are ready to go to Step Three. You're ready to take some action!