Activist Tip: Turn Complaints Into Requests

Turn your complaints into requests to bring about change. If you’re not sure what activist issue to work on, notice what you are complaining about since you obviously care about that. Usually what causes things to change is not complaining but thinking about who has the power to make a key decision and then making direct or indirect requests to persuade that person to take the action you want. Check out how college activist Ann Mai turned her complaint about the food at the University of Texas – Arlington cafeteria into a request by writing an article for her school paper. This was a simple and effective way for her to raise awareness and spark discussion by students as well as influence dining officials.

What are you complaining about that you could turn into an effective action to bring about change? Let us know below!


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