It’s 2019, and everyone seems to hold polarizing views about our current state of affairs. Many people are bringing important issues to light, and maybe you’ve one that resonates with you. You want to educate others and get them to back your cause, but you’re not sure where to start. Even you can become a social activist if you know where to start.
Therefore, here are four tips to help you become the social activist of your dreams.
1. Educate Yourself
First and foremost, you must learn the ins and outs of your cause. How did the problems get to where they are? What have others done to change the situation? When people donate money, does it actually go directly towards your cause, or does someone profit from the funds? What are other activists saying and doing to make a difference? Finally, what can you do right now to start making waves? Once you’ve collected all the data, you’re ready to move forward.
2. Take Your Time
Although you want to hit the ground running, you’ll be more successful if you take the time to gather your ideas first. Take all the data you collected in your research and begin organizing it. Decide who you are and how you will stand out. Determine what you can bring to the table that will get others on board with your cause. Create presentations and informational handouts. Determine the best ways to distribute your information so that you utilize your money effectively. The more organized, thorough, and professional you appear, the better off you’ll be.
3. Get The Word Out
You collected data and organized it. Now what? It’s time to rally others to support your cause. Start telling friends and family about your plans, and see how many of them want to help you. Also, research existing community groups that may partner with you or provide monetary support. Consider attending local meetings that involve prominent players in your community or reach out to local government officials to see how they can help.
4. Build Your Brand
Building a unique brand is the ultimate way to help you present your cause. You need to find ways to make your cause feel important to other people and connect with large audiences in a powerful way. Then, find ways to market yourself. Create social media accounts for your projects, and look into ways to boost views. Connect with others who are passionate about the same ideas and combine your talents. Perhaps one of you knows how to create videos, and someone else knows how to design informational flyers, so divide and conquer! Also, create a catchy hashtag that will help your cause gain a wide following. Look into ways to raise funds online so that you actually have money to put towards your cause. Whatever you do to build your brand, find ways to make yourself stand out from the rest.
No matter how daunting becoming a social activist feels, the issues you care about matter. Use these tips to drive you towards successfully aiding your cause. Let the world hear your voice. As Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” With Gandhi’s words in mind, you can transform the world in exciting ways and become the social activist that you’re meant to be.