Mainstream Media Avoids M4P
Meeting Other Like Minds
Breaking the Cycle
- CONNECT I challenge every person who goes to a demonstration to leave with at least 5 new contacts from people with intersecting interests or identities. Always keep a small notebook with you in order to write down any inspirational quotes or jot down contact information. Connecting with someone can be as simple as getting their email or social media handle.
- COMMUNICATE What’s the point of getting someone’s contact info if you never reach out? I urge those of you who were able to connect to open up a line of communication by reaching out to those contacts (regardless of their location) and letting them know more about your work and your passion. This should be done in a timely manner (within a week of your meeting) allowing people from different states/organizations to keep in touch with the intention of expanding our collective sphere of influence.
- CREATE & COLLABORATE This is the most important step and where a lot of people fall short. Once you communicate with those contacts, you must actively look for a way to collaborate with them. What’s the point in opening up a line of communication if you never work together? Be creative, find ways to collaborate that you’ve never seen before that can grab the attention of people who’ve never heard of your cause or what you do. Even if you can’t plan some extravagant event, create a new branch of an organization or start a new business venture with your contacts; collaborating can be as simple as a tweet like, “So glad to have connected with @MallahFitness at the @mili4p human rights march #A19 #EndPrisonSlavery.” A simple tweet like this introduces all of your followers to this new contact you’ve made and vise-versa giving both parties access to a new sphere of influence.
- CONTINUE with CONSISTENCY There will be some organizations and individuals that are easier for you to collaborate with than others. Don’t feel bad if you’re able to work together to plan an event with one individual or organization and not another. As a writer its easier for me to work with different organizations by attending the events they host and writing about them than it is for me to organize an event. If you’re a photographer it may be easier for to collaborate with a writer, allowing them to use your photos for an article. If you’re the founder of an organization it may be easier for you to collaborate with an individual interested in starting a new branch of your organization in another state, than it would be for you to work with a book author for example. But I’m sure that we all can find a way to work with anyone, we’re creative enough. For example, the organization founder could collaborate with the book author to host an event featuring their books. The fact that you were able to find another person with similar interests at an event for a cause both parties are passionate about is overwhelming evidence of your potential to work together. After working together successfully, do it again because this if the type of consistent collaborating that is essential to relationship building.