Progress is just a matter of getting things done, one step at a time - of slugging away at the problem, leading by example and bringing other folks around to your way of looking at things. Some of them will join in, and then it all becomes interesting. But when it comes down to it, the world moves forward because people take action ... all very prosaic, no mystery at all. Anyone can do it. From FuturePundit:
Those of us who promote the idea of full body rejuvenation as an achievable goal have seen this cause come a long way from the fringe to the mainstream. About 8 or 9 years ago [biomedical gerontologist Aubrey de Grey] was discussing rejuvenation with a small handful of us on the Usenet group sci.life-extension. Gradually he's made it into major print publications and TV with the idea that aging is curable.
The future is what we make of it, and there's nothing special or reserved in the act of making a difference. All that separates de Grey from most of the rest of us is dedication, determination and persistence - but nothing stops any one of us from taking a single step towards a better future. Those steps will add up. If you don't like the present state of affairs insofar as the future of your health and lifespan is concerned, there's a simple solution: stand up and join those who are doing something about it!