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Love or Money: Getting Paid for Your Activism.

All of my working life I've tried to marry my desire to have a positive impact on the world with my need to earn a living. I've managed to find ways to do both, and I'm often asked by job seekers how to make choices that set up the opportunity to build a career while you advocate for positive change.

I think it's important to accept that activism on the job generally involves risk in addition to rewards. You need to know what's possible to accomplish, and to be clear about what you need so you can focus on the tasks at hand. You need to set expectations about the outcomes you're working towards, you need to build community around your efforts to protect and amplify them (and to support the risks you're taking) and every so often you need some recognition you can point at.

Its possible to fulfill all these needs while on the job, but sometimes bread labor does get in the way. This session is about a balance to get the best of both worlds.

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Danese Cooper, Open Source Strategist (consulting), Shared Learning Collaborative


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