Making a Difference

At some point, when you care enough about a particular cause, you shift from following the issue to actually trying to advance the issue – to make a difference. The easiest way to do this is to find groups that are already working for this cause and supporting them with donations of your time and/or money. But what do you do if you can’t find such a group, or maybe there’s no local chapter? Well, you can start your own! It’s not as hard as it sounds – and in fact, there exist organizations that can help you. Today I’ll speak with Rory Mir from the Electronic Frontier Alliance along with leaders from two successful EFA-affiliated groups: Freddy Martinez from Lucy Parsons Labs and Chris Bushick from PDX Privacy.

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Table of Contents

  • 0:00:25: Interview setup
  • 0:04:32: Introductions and overview of EFA
  • 0:09:12: Lucy Parsons Project overview
  • 0:10:52: PDX Privacy overview
  • 0:12:28: How has the EFA helped you with your projects?
  • 0:15:33: What other types of groups work with the EFA?
  • 0:17:49: What did you do before? What was it like starting your group?
  • 0:23:02: How can you go about finding sources of funding?
  • 0:25:25: What sorts of grants are available?
  • 0:30:09: What accomplishments are you most proud of?
  • 0:34:48: What were some of your biggest challenges?
  • 0:38:51: Do you ever feel like you’re David versus Goliath?
  • 0:42:26: How can I find existing groups that I can support or join?
  • 0:45:58: What’s the first step in starting my own group?
  • 0:49:31: If you were starting over again, what would you have done differently?
  • 0:49:56: Do I need to incorporate or create a legal entity?
  • 0:53:02: Can a non-profit organization make money?
  • 0:57:32: Any parting thoughts you’d like to share?
  • 1:00:32: Wrap-up
  • 1:03:11: Looking ahead
  • 1:04:09: Upcoming challenge coin campaign