“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. And no matter how physically and mentally grueling the job of a campaign organizer was, I was never more fulfilled in my entire life than those months I spent working 16+ hour days to elect Hillary Clinton and Democrats all the way down the ticket in what I believed was the most monumental election of my lifetime. One of the silver linings of that job, including never worrying about if I could have done more (I pushed myself past 110% effort in every way, every day), was the realization that there are indeed options for people of convictions to make a living without compromising their values.
So I wanted about finding the right way to speak up while professional, and bringing your values into your work. In the few months since my campaign job had ended, I’d already witnessed the benefits of being vocal about my beliefs. My dream clients were showing up, knowing already that I’d be the best advocate for our shared values. And I was on a mission to give permission to those who saw my talk, to be politically and socially engaged, to whatever degree they were comfortable.
You can watch my talk here:
This talk was given at Pecha Kucha Night (PKN) Portsmouth #28, at 3S Artspace.
The full lineup of the evening:
- Crystal Paradis, Writer & Organizer in Portsmouth, NH
- Heidi Bellamente, Leadership Coach, SRA International in Portsmouth
- Steve De Neef, Photographer, Steve De Neef Photography in South Berwick
- Bridget Sprague, in Alfred
- Kyle Jacoby, Program Director , On-Belay Inc. in Portsmouth, NH
- Jordan Salvatoriello, Producer & Digital Storyteller in Portsmouth
- Lisa DeStefano, in Portsmouth
- Nick Girard, Founder/Director, Fortland Productions in Portsmouth, NH
- Sarah Haskell, in York
- Rebecca Emerson, mom, gardener, artist and farmer in Portsmouth, NH
- Jane Kelly, Bird of Prey Educator and Rehabilitator in Portsmouth, NH
VENUE: 3S Artspace, 319 Vaughan Street, Portsmouth NH 03801
DATE: February 23, 2017 7:00pm – 9:00pm