For this tips and tricks, our activated almonds in their slacktivewear (yes I’m still trying to make this happen, like ‘fetch’ only cooler) are going to run you through some of the wonderful activist work you can actually complete from the comfort of your couch whilst wearing your fluffiest robe and patting your dog!
Luckily for us, the internet has already come up with so many ways we can contribute to activist causes online. There are even sites dedicated to helping with not only their chosen causes but to any and all causes its members suggest, or they want to bring to our attention. See Indiegogo, Change.org, Upworthy, and Take Part.
One of the most successful sites for activism is called Avaaz. Avaaz has managed to connect more than 10 million people to 46 million causes online. How? It’s EASY. If you log on, you have access to thousands of actions and causes already in progress and you can sign their petitions, contribute to letter-writing campaigns, and be a part of the facilitation of group organisation. You can even start your own campaign. In fact most of the causes Avaaz takes up have been members’ suggestions. And even cooler on their part is that their funding and donations comes wholly from these members. More than $20 million has already been collected, with each donation having a cap of $5000.
Activism from where you’d rather be, photo by Nick Turner.
If you aren’t sure you want to start something on your own, we know the task can be daunting, you can use any of these already well-established hubs to join movements, suggest movements and grab info on movements that interest you.
If you are super keen, study what these sites do. And then replicate it! All you need is an internet connection, an issue that’s ignited your passion, and a few minutes out of the time you’ve already mentally designated to chillin’ online.