Major Hurdles with International Fundraising (and how to avoid them)

imageSo, your heart beats for activism, but your not entirely sure what you want to do with that passion inside of you. The sexiest approach would be to hop on a plane and go visit some developing communities in Africa or Asia or South America and come back with a video of a story that paints you as a humble activisty savior who happens upon an inspiring situation who can now motivate the nation to help bring water/peace/freedom/expression/etc to a tribe/village/city/nation/continent. Although I’m a big fan of local activism, I’m not here to discourage anyone from pursuing their dream. However, there are definitely some huge difficulties in starting an international campaign like this, and you should be aware of a few things before proceeding. Let’s look at some of them.

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What the Hell is Retired Slactivist Supposed to Mean, Anyway?

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Good question. A nice follow up would probably be “And why the hell is your picture a couch? (And a comfy couch at that!)

I first heard of the word “slacktivist” in 2012; I was volunteering full time, up to my eyeballs in a human rights organization that shall remain nameless. The nameless organization just so happened to launch the most viral Youtube video ever and I saw very quickly some of the best sides and some of the worst sides of humanity – specifically internet humanity.  Read the rest of this entry »