Medium and message: We Are What We Do

A book from an organisation called We Are What We Do takes a child's view of social change.

Social enterprise We Are What We Do is selling a book of children's ideas for improving people's lives to spread its message that social change can start with small, everyday actions.

Teach Your Granny To Text, intended to be read by children, contains suggestions such as "Be friendly in sign language" and "Find out about your food". It aims to build on the success of an earlier WAWWD book called Change the World for a Fiver.

The idea for the book grew from a meeting with the Department for Children, Schools and Families, one of the three funders of the organisation's education programme.

Books for schools

More than 4,000 children submitted ideas for the book after WAWWD ran an advert in The Times last year. Nick Stanhope, the organisation's head of education, said a book written by children offered a wider reach for the organisation.

The DCSF will provide a copy of the book to each of the 22,000 state schools in England.

Copies will also be sold for £10 in bookshops and supermarkets, with the profits going to the social enterprise. To publicise the book, 200 young people will visit primary schools in London and the north west of England.

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