I see all of these negative comments about how effective advocacy efforts were at ECC and how bad it was at that show. When the loudest voice in the room was not even there we have a problem. It’s time to change the conversation. Are you really criticizing the entire event because one aspect did not go as you expected…..seriously? Let’s talk about the positives at ECC. Many vendors gave me their PA systems to talk to the attendees. In fact, there were so many that I couldn’t even get to all of them. I was so excited to have vendors asking, “Joe, do you need anything? Do you have any new ideas?”. I was extremely humbled by personal gifts that were given to me.
People who are willing to help and those that actually do something are two different things. Standing to the side waiting to get in the fight, waiting for the event to do something, waiting for this and that, is not advocacy.
The energy you spend trolling and picking apart the efforts of others could be used to make improvements for the next event you should be a volunteer at.
As vapers we have big personalities. Some people want to focus on how they look and how they say something rather than on the message or the actions. We have enough enemies. There is no need to create new ones, especially within our own community. Advocating requires you to use your ears ten times more than your mouth.
It is time to create more opportunities. Stop dwelling on your version of what you see as failure. When these efforts fail or are not as good as they can be, it is because you did not step up and make a difference. If this matters so much that you are willing to pick up a torch, use it to lead, not to start the fire like Nero did when he burned Rome to the ground.