I took a class last night about nonprofit advocacy, and my professor asked us to brainstorm social movements throughout history that brought about social change. We came up with a list of movements including women’s suffrage, civil rights, gay marriage, and anti-war. But at the end of the brainstorming session, my professor commented that these movements went beyond changing legislation. They involved changing entire ways of thinking. “At one point in time, it was normal for women not to vote,” he said. “But advocacy changed the common way of thinking.”
While we want the Healthy Workplace Bill passed, we’re also creating a groundswell of opinion that says that employees should have basic rights. We’re moving the needle, each one of us, one by one. We’ll look back on this movement and think how absurd it is that workplace abuse is allowed — just as we think not allowing women to vote was absurd.
We’ve spent months spreading the word about the Healthy Workplace Bill. We’ve shared links to articles about workplace bullying, sent a link to the petition to our friends, and told co-workers about the bill. We’ve passed around simple ways to make our voices heard.
But what I want to know is: in what ways have you been an ambassador that we haven’t mentioned? Have you brought up the bill to people in creative ways? Have you spread the word to specific audiences? Let us know about strategies you’ve used that we haven’t heard about before as you’ve worked as an ambassador for the bill.