Getting active I'm an activist and political organizer. In the past I was more on the front lines of activist campaigns, but I have a more internal, bureaucratic job nowadays. I onboard new people, …
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I'm an activist and political organizer. In the past I was more on the front lines of activist campaigns, but I have a more internal, bureaucratic job nowadays. I onboard new people, educate them on campaigns, and do public outreach. A lot of it is around environmental causes.
I think I was always pretty motivated to action. My whole family was that way. I went to college at the University of Oregon, and it's a really activist school. Back in the 1980s, when I was there, apartheid in South Africa was going on in a major way, and so were a lot of environmental issues. It was inescapable if you were on campus — you almost had no choice but to start thinking about how you felt about those things.
It was amazing that I ended up getting paid to do things I was already passionate enough to volunteer for.
It's critical we find a way out of this hyperpartisan mindset. We have to bring people out of the bunkers we've dug on social media. There are lots of issues where we can find broad agreement. We have to break through this arms race of accusations and quit thinking of ourselves as on one team trying to beat another.
Colorado is a great example. Sure, you can start fights about environmental conservation, but people move here for the beauty of our environment, and most people care about preserving our landscapes and quality of life. We have a chance to be a model state and come up with ways to bridge the gaps.
Meet the neighbors
We can bring people together, even in small ways. In our neighborhood in Littleton, my family started hanging out in the driveway in the evenings instead of the backyard, and we ended up meeting most of our neighbors.
These days, we all hang out together. Kids, dogs, music, board games and food, right on our regular Littleton street.
You hear about people growing old in the suburbs and getting lonely and isolated. It's tragic, so I'm thankful that on our block we're trying to keep that from happening. You've got to get out and meet people.
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