In a job interview a couple weeks past I was asked about my 'activism' and whether or not that impacted the quality of my work. I should have asked for further clarification of what the woman meant by the term 'activist'. I've marched in a couple anti-war marches almost a decade ago, but since then I've largely stayed out of politics. I guess I spent the better part of 2004 working on the Dennis Kucinish presidential campaign back when I was a little more optimistic that Americans wanted peace and prosperity for all (so naive!). But activist? I don't really feel I can call myself that. I am merely a self-published muckracking blogger with a small audience of dedicated readers, mostly livestock producers and hobbyists. If this counts as 'activism', then wouldn't everyone who blogs, twitters, or has some other on-line presence be considered an activist? They want people to read their words and hopefully think about or inspire action in others. Even publishing a recipe is calling for others to try and cook the same thing- inspiring an action. Act-ivist: trying to inspire action in others. If writing about some of the challenges we have in our food system or the lack of transparency or outright lies that are being told makes me an 'activist', then I guess I should be flattered. Maybe I've inspired some thought, pondering, and best of all, ACTION.
Are you an activist working to inspire change? If so, what are you working on? How do you stay inspired yourself?