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What is an Activist?

"Myth: Only protestors are activists. Reality: Anyone can be an activist.
An activist is someone who takes action to make things better."
(activism.ca)
(other definitions: Wikipedia | Cambridge 2 | Google Definitions 2 | more below...)

How to be an Activist...

An introduction and portal to activism, education, community involvement, and social change.
Guides | Courses | Types | Lexicon | Forums | Themes | Quotes | More (a P&PF Gateway & Guide)

Guides, Resources & Articles

How to be an Activist by Elizabeth May (article) (2) & How to Save the World in Your Spare Time (book) (2)
Ten Commandments for Changing the World, by Tooker Gomberg & Angela Bischoff
Activist Toolkit, from The Activist magazine
101 Ways to Stop the War, by Guy Dauncey
Citizen's Handbook, by Charles Dobson with articles by Ralph Nader, Robert Putnam and others
Preparing for a Campaign, by Mary O'Brien (PDF format)
Advocacy Toolkit, from DisAbled Women's Network
Activist Tool Kit, from Peace, Earth & Justice News
Activist's Handbook, from Protest.net
Capacity Building Tools for Nonprofit Groups & Organizations (communications, funding, management...)
Finding Balance, Avoiding Burnout, by Tooker Gomberg (also: original version with links, more links and forum)
Leadership – Wikipedia | Open Directory | Google Search | Planet-Friendly
GoodWork Canada | Tips | Links | Specials | Networking | Places | Discussion
How to be an Activist, by Peter Blanchard (this page)

Specific Guides & Articles at Planetfriendly.net

Art & Music: Arts & Music for Social Change
Community-building: Create Community Anywhere | Intentional Community | Ecovillage | Events
Cooperatives: Cooperative Links (2) (3)
Employment Sustainable & Ethical Employment (2) (3) (4)
Events & meetings: How to organize and promote an event
Events & meetings: How to organize empowering, community-building events
Events & meetings: How to make the most of events & meetings
Internet: Internet Activism | E-mail Tips | Attachments | Virus Self-Defence | Open Source
Living: Sustainable Living & Voluntary Simplicity
Media: Alternative Media | Magazines | Websites | Calendars | Become the Media
Organizing: Organizing, Group Process, Leadership & Teamwork
Activist Support Forum: Activist Support Forum

Workshops, Courses & Events

People- & Planet-Friendly Calendar & specialized calendars
Other Calendars
Organizing events & workshops (2) (3)
Activist School / Democracy School
Submit an event, workshop or course | Suggest a link

Types of Activism & Citizenship
(Wiki = Wikipedia | OD = Open Directory | GD = Google Directory | P&PF = People- & Planet-Friendly)

Anarchism – Wiki | OD | GD
Arts – Wiki | OD | GD | P&PF
Civil Disobedience – Wiki (2) | OD | GD
Community-building Wiki | OD | GD | P&PF
Cooperatives Wiki | OD | GD | P&PF (2) (3)
Community Economic Development – OD | GD | P&PF
Culture Jamming or Sniggling – Wiki | OD | GD
Critical Thinking – Wiki | OD | GD | GDef | Reasoning
Direct Action – Wiki | More
In Daily Life – Wiki | OD | GD | P&PF
Internet Activism, Open Source, Hactivism – Wiki (2) | OD | GD | P&PF
Education Wiki | OD | GD | P&PF
Lobbying Wiki | OD | GD
Media Activism & Alternative Media – P&PF | OD (2) (3) | GD (2) (3) | Wiki
Nonviolence – Wiki | OD | GD | More | More
Protests & Demonstrations – Wiki | Protest.net | (see also Tactical Frivolity)
Self Help, Personal Growth & Development – Wiki | OD | GD | P&PF
Spirituality & Philosophy – Wiki (2) | OD (2)| GD (2) | P&PF
Voluntary Simplicity & Sustainable Living – Wiki (2) | OD (2) | GD (2) | P&PF
Workplace Ethics Wiki | OD (2) | GD (2) | P&PF
Writing – Wiki | OD | GD | P&PF (2) (3) (4)
Suggest a category or major link

An Activist Lexicon
(see also Issues & Themes and Types of Activism, above)

Activism – Wikipedia | Cambridge (2) | Google Definitions (2)
Citizenship – Wikipedia | Google Definitions
Social Responsibility – Google Definitions
Civics – Wikipedia
Community – Wikipedia | Google Definitions
Democracy – Wikipedia | Google Definitions
Common Good – Wikipedia (2)
Social Capital – Wikipedia
Natural Resources – Wikipedia
Good – Wikipedia
Evil – Wikipedia
Conscience – Wikipedia
Spirituality – Wikipedia
Ethics – Wikipedia
Apathy – Wikipedia | P&PF
Critical Thinking – Wikipedia | Google Definitions | OD | GD | How to Know | Reasoning
Education – Wikipedia
Politics – Wikipedia
Economics – Wikipedia
Social Sciences – Wikipedia
Goals – Wikipedia | Article (2) | Google Definitions | More
Motives Wikipedia | More
Strategies & Tactics Wikipedia (2)
More – Wikipedia | Google Definitions (define:___) | Dictionaries (2)
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Related Forums at Planetfriendly.net

Your News & Announcements – Post interesting news and announcements about your or your organization's endeavours – or People- & Planet-Friendly themes in general.
Your Thoughts & Discussion – A place for your thoughts and discussion on any People- & Planet-Friendly topics and themes
Questions & Answers – Where can I find...? How can I do...? Can you explain...? Use this forum to ask (or answer) questions about anything related to P&PF themes.
GoodWork Forum – How can I find meaningful work? How can I change my career path? How can I make a healthy, sustainable, ethical livelihood?
Activist Support Forum – Share your worries, troubles and fears – or offer others some feedback and support.
Creating Stronger Community – Your thoughts and ideas on how to create stronger community for activists, environmentalists and others.
More Forums – Forum Index

Social & Environmental Issues and Themes

Directories & Guides
People & Planet-Friendly Portals and Guides
"Issues" section of: Open Directory | Google Directory | Yahoo Directory | Others
Suggest a directory

Specific Issues & Themes
(Wiki = Wikipedia | OD = Open Directory | GD = Google Directory | P&PF = People- & Planet-Friendly)
(This is not intended to be a comprehensive list. For more see:
P&PF | OD | GD | Wiki)
Business & Corporatization P&PF | OD | GD | Wiki (2)
Civil Rights P&PF | OD | GD | Wiki
Democracy P&PF | PV | OD | GD | Wiki
Education P&PF | OD | GD | Wiki
Employment P&PF | OD | GD | Wiki
Energy P&PF | OD | GD | Wiki
Environment & Sustainability P&PF | OD | GD | Wiki (2) (3)
Food & Agriculture P&PF | OD | GD | Wiki
Global Issues P&PF | OD | GD
Health P&PF | OD | GD | Wiki
Housing P&PF | OD | GD | Wiki
Human Development Wiki | OD | GD | P&PF (see also Economic Development)
Human Rights P&PF | OD | GD | Wiki
Intellectual Property P&PF | OD | GD | Wiki
Media P&PF | OD (2) (3) | GD (2) (3) | Wiki
Poverty P&PF | OD | GD | Wiki
Social Justice P&PF | (see also poverty) | Wiki
Trade & Globalization P&PF | OD | GD | Wiki (2)
Transportation P&PF | OD | GD | Wiki
War & Conflict P&PF | OD | GD | Wiki
More P&PF | OD | GD | Wiki

Activism Quotes & Quotations

A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a
living thing can go against it. – G.K. Chesterton

The question is not 'can you make a difference?'
You already do make a difference. It's just a matter
of what kind of difference you want to make,
during your life on this planet. – Julia Butterfly Hill

If you assume that there's no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, that there are opportunities to change things, there's a chance you may contribute to making a better world. That's your choice. – Noam Chomsky

Powerlessness and silence go together. We...should use our privileged positions not as a shelter from the world's reality, but as a platform from which to speak. A voice is a gift. It should be cherished and used. – Margaret Atwood

There's a scientific reason to be concerned and there's a scientific reason to push for action. But there's no scientific reason to despair. – Dr. Gavin Schmidt, NASA Climate Scientist

The hottest places in hell are reserved for those
who in times of crisis, maintain their neutrality. – Dante

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to
tell people what they do not want to hear. – George Orwell

Tyranny loves apathy. – origin unknown

Freedom is participation in power. – Cicero

Nobody made a greater mistake than they who did nothing because they thought they could only do a little. – Edmund Burke

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Neither certain nor indifferent. – Jostein Gaarder
Certainty stops thought. Indifference stops action.
Find the middle ground! – Peter Blanchard

Never doubt that a small number of dedicated people can change the world, indeed it is the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead

Most of the important things in the world have been
accomplished by people who have kept on trying
when there seemed to be no hope at all. – Dale Carnegie

When the forms of an old culture are dying, the new
culture is created by a few people who are not afraid
to be insecure. – Rudolf Bahro

A key is just a bunch of little angles, in the right
combination. – JP Warren

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
Begin it now. – Goethe

The future will be what you contribute to and create.
Greg, Camp Counselor

More quotes Wikipedia | Open Directory | Google Directory

More Activism Resources & Links

How to be an Activist: Google Search | Other Search Engines
Activism Resources: Open Directory | Google Directory
Activism Strategies: Open Directory | Google Directory
Open-Content sources for networking, research & links (2)

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