The power of digital platforms is immense, but they come with risks. As digital campaigners we need to be hyper-aware of our blind spots and what sort of digital cultures we’re creating.
In 2017 I’ve resolved to do more self-reflection in my movement work. We need to break down the silos that divide us, figure out what’s working, and build an intersectional progressive movement.
I see a lot of people posting about the hard work ahead. It’s true, it will be a rough road. But let’s be real about what that hard work means. Make no mistake, none of the strategies employed by the professional advocacy world of the last forty years will suffice to meet the challenges ahead.
This summer, I watched Ali Wong’s standup comedy special, Baby Cobra. A fully pregnant Wong explains how she trapped her rich husband so that she wouldn’t have to work anymore. I laughed, and for days afterwards found myself imagining a life removed from the workforce.
There’s a moment in Mallence Bart Williams’s TEDx talk that really struck me – it begins at minute 4:30: So how does the West ensure that the free aid keeps coming? By systemically destabilizing the wealthiest African nations and their systems. And all that backed by huge PR campaigns leaving the entire world under the […]