Facts do matter: How to be an activist in a post-fact world

By Alison Holder, Director of Equal Measures 2030

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We all need to learn to think like journalists. (Esther Vargas/Flickr)
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On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
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Many people have been spurred to activism in 2017. (Kayla Velazquez/Unsplash)

1) Passion

Luckily, there is no lack of passion within the girls’ and women’s rights movement. While the situation might look bleak at times, it’s the spirit and commitment of tireless activists around the world that keeps them (and us) going each day. Put that same drive and determination towards seeking the truth and uncovering the facts about an issue, investigative journalist-style, and then use those facts to hold decision makers accountable.

2) Persistence

Good investigators, like good activists, don’t take no for an answer. They know the truth is out there, and they will stop at nothing to uncover it. This takes courage, patience and dogged persistence. It often means asking the same question over and over. Or repeating the same facts over and over. This repetition is, actually, an important part of having an impact — i.e., continuously repeating accurate information so that the issue under investigation will not go away or be ignored.

3) Logic

Investigation begins with a healthy dose of logic and skepticism. Stop and question your own thoughts. Don’t just take other people’s word for things –– try to find alternate sources to corroborate what you’ve heard. Use logic and critical thinking and trust your instincts if you think you are being manipulated.

Case study: Dollars for Doctors

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Investigating the links between doctors and the pharmaceutical industry. (Freestocks.org)

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