BlogHer was founded upon the premise that women have the ability to incite change by using their voices and platforms for good. Elisa Camahort Page, Co-Founder of BlogHer, believes that anyone has the power to make a difference with the right tools. She visited the BlogHer HQ recently to talk about her book, the importance of online communities and diversity across different verticals.
Inspired by the 2016 election, Elisa wrote a handy guidebook, Road Map for Revolutionaries: Resistance, Activism, and Advocacy for All, to help people navigate activism in an effective way. Elisa’s goal was to encourage people of all backgrounds that they can make a difference, despite how daunting it may seem. Whether through a blog or social platform, individuals can influence others to make change in a positive way.
During this interview, Elisa discusses “slacktivism”, the idea that people who use online platforms to voice their opinions on serious issues is a lazy attempt at activism. Elisa counters this by sharing that if your digital presence is your strength, use it to make change and build community.
“If that’s where your skill is, if that’s where you’ve built a community,
if that’s where you have influence, then consider it one of those skills you can use”.
When using influence for good, Elisa stresses embracing all people and look at diversity across many different verticals. Diversity extends beyond just gender or race. Inclusivity of body type, religion and more is imperative when sharing your message and continues to remain a core value of the BlogHer identity.