Just how much influence can we have?
For the community meeting that I went to last week, we are trying to rally around a cause that feels meaningful as well as achievable (well sort of). We talked ourselves in circles but it seems to me like we have a few options.
1. Influence *that* people vote
This seems the most “achievable.” And considering the timeframe of now until the midterm elections, seems reasonable.
Audience: People who won’t vote because it just doesn’t matter
Goal: Increase number of voters (regardless of who they vote for)
Strategy: Either focus on the democratic right of voting or use scare tactics about what will happen if they don’t vote
2. Influence *how* people vote
This one seems more meaningful, but much more complex.
Audience: Progressives who might vote, but don’t know much about who or what they’re voting for
Goal: Increase number of votes for progressive candidates and causes
Strategy: Education or inspiration about candidates and causes
3. Influence *why* people vote
This one is fascinating, but seems like a PhD thesis in the works.
Audience: Progressives who might vote
Goal: Shift in mindset about the purpose of voting
I’m looking forward to talking about this on Sunday with the group. Hopefully, we can gain some consensus.