Making it easier to take action for change

I was recently invited to do a talk about The Armchair Activist’s Handbook. It was for an event being run by e-Gaia, a new not-for-profit that aims to make fighting for change more accessible – something that I also hope to achieve with The Armchair Activist’s Handbook.

The organisation has just launched its website, which aims to be an easy-to-use resource for people looking to make a difference. Through this, potential activists can click on their area of interest, inform themselves about the main issues surrounding that area, see what organisations are taking action – and, ultimately, explore ideas for how they might get involved. There’s also a forum to help people discuss and organise.

I’m a big fan of what e-Gaia is trying to do. And this is why: we need to make it easier for people to get involved. Whether it’s through traditional chants-and-banners protest, or by taking action from the comfort of your own home, it shouldn’t be hard for people to find a way in.

Because I think it can be. When I was writing my book, a number of people told me they thought it could be hard for the uninitiated to get involved in activism. It can all be a bit overwhelming.

Having a resource like e-Gaia, which offers an easy way for people to find a direction and is set up to spark ideas, is an important step in the right direction.

Here I am, talking:

Me talking at e-Gaia event October 2013