Enacting Positive Change = Advocacy

Enacting Positive Change = Advocacy

By: Jeff Anthony
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As I was speaking to a young leader at my workplace the other day, I noticed they were jumping on the antiquated “bandwagon” of how the government should fix society’s problems. I had to add another path of thinking (thanks to Plato’s Republic) and offer a more in-depth look at the issue.
The way to highlight an issue and enact positive change in the community is through advocacy. When civic-minded people take up a cause and rally behind it, whether it’s BC SPCA’s “Paws for a Cause,” or the BC Lung Association’s “Trek for Life and Breath,” that is when the public, and government, take notice. This idea was immortalized by US Republican Everett Dirksen’s quote: “When I feel the heat, I see the light.”
Advocacy enacts positive change. The way to true advocacy is to take up a cause and to remain loyal to it. The best way to take up a cause is to volunteer for it. Whatever you are passionate about, I guarantee there is cause that need volunteers for it.

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” - Mohandas K. Gandhi.

Jeff Anthony is an SFU graduate in Liberal and Business Studies and is working hard to enter the human resources field.

Posted on February 20, 2013