How Introverts Can Be Effective Activists

You don’t need to march with a megaphone to make a difference

Simplistic illustration of three fists with various skin tones held aloft against a yellow background.
Simplistic illustration of three fists with various skin tones held aloft against a yellow background.
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How My Gentle Activism Started

I wanted to be brave and fight for causes I believed in, but I had no way to channel my energy so I could use it as a positive force in the world. The vacuum left me feeling powerless.

  1. I wanted to participate on my own terms.

Getting into Action

I am living proof that this flipped perspective on activism actually works. Nowadays, I call myself a “gentle activist and volunteer,” and I feel confident that my efforts are actually making a positive impact.

How to Start Your Own Gentle Activism

It’s hard to know where to start when you are new to gentle activism. I’ve compiled a list of a few things I’ve done over the past three years to support protesters, marches, candidates, and causes:

Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is

Is the way you spend and invest your money aligned with your values? Before I talked with my friend Carrie, a socially responsible investment advisor and self-described introvert, I had never considered how spending and investing could be a form of gentle activism.

Activism Isn’t One Size Fits All

Introverts are made for the behind-the-scenes work that set extroverts up for success. Most of us are good listeners, deep thinkers, and great organizers. We love nothing more than being asked to create strategies and plans, and then to hand those plans over to the extroverts to carry out. Our focus can be the micro-moments that enable and support the extroverts so they can shine brightly in the macro ones.

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