Standing Up For What Matters: Tips, Tricks and Tools from Veteran Advocates

September 25, 2020, 1:00pm – 2:30pm

A Conversation with Peter Feinman and Alison Frazee

Activists vs. Advocates: What’s the difference? Both involve trying to effect change, but activists are action-oriented, often working outside the system, while advocates are people-oriented and work within the system to represent the concerns of others. Join us as we meet two experienced advocates. Learn how they have helped others to challenge unfair institutional systems and what inspires them to keep going. We’ll discuss:

  • How do you define advocacy? Who do you advocate for?
  • What methods of advocacy do you find to be most effective?
  • What are common obstacles to your advocacy efforts?
  • What tools do you use to strengthen your advocacy efforts?
  • How can individuals and small organizations transform ideas into realities?

Peer panelists will be Peter Feinman, President of the Institute of History, Archaeology, and Education, and Alison Frazee, Assistant Director of the Boston Preservation Alliance. The conversation will be moderated by Erik Peterson, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum. Registration is free.


This Conversation will be LIVESTREAMED. We will do our best to monitor your questions and comments during the livestream. A recording will be publicly available in the Conversations on the Commons Archive.

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