Q&A with Ben Kershaw: more of us need to engage in advocacy
// By Jacqueline Brennan
Q: What would you attempt to do if there were no risks attached?
BK: I would move my family to a foreign country for a few years. Different places, languages, sights, and rhythms of life can impact you so profoundly, and you never really know until you try it.
Q: What would you change if you could get a do-over in your life?
BK: I wish I had learned computer programming when I was younger. Maybe because I know so little about it, but I think it would be valuable and versatile.
Q: What is one thing you’re deeply proud of but would never put on your resumé?
BK: I try to make a point of treating people well, no matter the setting, no matter my feelings. I also believe that I am really good at peeling an orange.
Q: What one incident or occurrence in your life has had the most influence on the work you’re doing today?
BK: I would say the class I took in my senior year of high school about advocating for the less fortunate. Our final project was to design an actual program initiative. That level of putting a real plan together had a huge impact, just by forcing a young and naïve kid to consider how ideas like justice and equality intersect with real people’s lives.
Q: What would you change about the sector right now if you could?
BK: Far too few nonprofit organizations are engaged in advocating for public policy that advances their missions.
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