Simply, activism is the use of campaigning for political or social change.
Activism is action. It is something you do. This year's Activist Skillshare, on the weekend of March 22-24, will help you to act.
Activism can be in support or opposition to an issue or situation. It can take a range of forms: writing letters to the editor; phoning politicians; supporting boycotts; participating in protests and blockades. Activism is not all placards and shouting through loudspeakers. It can simply be informing a friend.
Activism is can be challenging the status quo or fighting against poor decisions of government, business, or the 'system'. It can also be promoting alternatives. Permaculture and Cooperatives are ways of encouraging improvements through good example.
Activism is powerful. “Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has,” (Margaret Mead, anthropologist) Most recently in South Australia, strong campaigning saved Arkaroola from mining and demanded marine sanctuaries. Achievements all due to people power.
Activism, of course, does not guarantee such success. But uncertainty is no reason for inaction. You can be part of the solution, or part of the problem – the latter through ignorance, but also, through ignoring all that you can do to try make a difference. If not you, who? And if not now, when? “If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room.” (Anita Roddick, activist).
The Activist Skillshare aims to increase and expand both your knowledge and the skills to effectively campaign. So please register now to attend.
- Meg Sobey