Saturday, 27 August 2011 16:29

Communication as Activism: Vegan Advice from Author Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

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On my Vida Vegan Con roundup I started collecting all the great advice from well-known vegan author Colleen Patrick-Goudreau that attendees shared on Twitter, but there was so much great advice I figured I'd make a separate post! Thanks to all the amazing "tweeple" who shared all these inspirational words! This was the most tweeted about panel of VVC thus far, and for good reason!

From the panel: Communication as Activism, presented by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau (many of these words are summarized by the Tweeters)
  • If you are the vegan someone comes to, you represent all vegans. We are ambassadors of compassion (love this because it's so true!)
  • Being convincing as a vegan isn't about pushing veganism on others. A true vegan is someone who does the best that they can with intention in an imperfect world. "I'm not going to convince you of anything. But I can give you the facts"
  • I'm vegan because I don't want to contribute to violence against animals, which goes against my ethics. It feels so good to manifest my values in my everyday living
  • Non vegans don't wake up trying to cause as much harm as possible. They are just not awake to their compassion yet. 
  • "You have to be more willing to solve the problem than to win the argument." Make your words about truth. Plant the seeds and don't be attached to the outcome. "When you speak about truth rather than outcomes, you’ll be a successful advocate."
  • If you make someone upset because you're vegan it has nothing to do with you. Be chill when dealing with skeptics and teasers. Laugh about it and be open. "With resistant people, laughter goes a long way."
  • Activists need to take care of self as well as others
  • "As an advocate, you don't have to know all the answers. Ask questions. Listen."
  • We need to find “common ground; to stand against violence, rather than one another.”
  • Anger and peace are not contradictory Roots of anger come from anguish. We should choose compassion instead.
  • Modeling compassion and our choices - a necessity of all effective teaching. Imagine if we woke up every morning thinking about how much compassion we could spread in the world.
  • Use words that say what you mean and reflect the truth. 
  • No judgments, no pressure. Body language is key
  • "I don't eat fake food, I eat real food!" Words such as "fake" and "faux" won't attract people to veganism - vegan food is real and whole. 
  • "Our language is very telling. It says so much about what we believe. We need to know the power we have to change minds." “Our choice of our words reflect our beliefs"
  • The word "meat" just means "that which is eaten" - think coconut meat, etc. Take back #meat with "grain-based meat" not "fake meat"
  • Anti-vegan argument: "I can't give up cheese" Answer: it's the fat and salt. You can get that from plants
  • If someone says they are vegetarian but eat chicken and fish, they want to be vegetarian. Keep a sense of humor and probe
  • "The animals get the nutrients from eating the plants". There is no nutrient we need that is animal-based and vitamin B12 is bacteria-based
  • "My hope is we all embrace our unconditional compassion and inspire others to do the same." 
  • "There is inherent violence in taking the life of an animal. We compartmentalize our compassion."
  • Just like no society was ever too rational, no society ever got in trouble by being too compassionate. 
  • "May we learn from the animals what we need to learn as people."
  • Take care of yourself, find a community, look for hope, be in touch with your anger and emotions.
  • Say, "cut two carrots with one knife" instead of saying "kill two birds with one stone." (everyone was RTing this line!)
image from @TheVerdantLife

Twitter accounts who shared these wonderful words of advice:
  • @bookie85
  • @hpitlick
  • @JLgoesVegan
  • @OpinionessWorld
  • @sweeton
  • @TNTSU
  • @TheVerdantLife
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