“If we leave all the activism to people who do it as a full-time job, we’ll never make the collective impact we need.”
A few months into my recovery from the 2016 election (I worked as a campaign organizer in New Hampshire for the final 6 months of the campaign), I was asked to give a Pecha Kucha Talk. What I liked about the format was the win-win aspect of the slides advancing on a timer that the speaker can’t control: if I planned really well, the timing would be impressive; if I was woefully unprepared, it would be hilarious.
But the topic I chose was one I took very seriously, because it was something that had been on my mind throughout the election and even more so in the weeks and months that followed, as I searched for my next path. Before joining the campaign, I’d quit my job as Director of Communications at a fast-growing digital marketing agency, for reasons that included a vastly different set of values from my employer.