Interview: Peter from Ready for Plan B
While this blog is mostly a food blog, it’s also partly a platform to discuss the vegan lifestyle as well as vegan news/issues. Today I’d like to take a little break from my Intuitive Cooking series to share an interview with you that I did with my friend Peter from Ready for Plan B.
Peter has started one of the most thoughtful and interesting projects I’ve seen recently and I wanted to share it with you all. Peter is collecting vegan testimonials and is hoping to end up with a final product that is able to reach thousands of people who might be interested in going vegan. I think this project has been so successful thus far because it tells the stories of the vegan community in a way that is real, open, and honest, which is something I think will resonate with non-vegans more than any sort of fat-shaming campaign ever could. So, here’s the interview.
I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed conducting it and if you are already vegan I hope you get involved by submitting your own testimonial and if you are not vegan yet I encourage you to read through the many testimonials he has posted already.
Tell us a little about the vegan testimonial project you are doing.
I am working with an awesome team of vegans to pull together their stories with the goal of helping educate and inspire people who are interested in learning more about veganism. Hopefully, the project will replace some unflattering and untrue stereotypes about vegans with cool reality about the diversity of vegans. The project proves that we aren’t easily lumped together and that we are, in fact, an incredibly interesting group of people with great stories to tell. Every author also shares their twitter name so we have created a vegan support system that can help answer questions and offer help.
What inspired you to start this project?
I wanted to find a way to reach out to potential vegans and have an impact on helping them get educated about veganism, but I realized my own story would only resonate with a tiny sliver of them. I had been doing some cool projects with other vegans and vegan bloggers and thought they all had such neat stories to tell about their journey to being vegan. I decided it would be really cool – and it would reach a lot more people – if I asked a bunch of them to share their individual stories.
In the testimonials you’ve seen so far are, there any common elements or does everyone have their own unique story?
It’s amazing how unique each story is. We do have wonderful things in common – like compassion for animals and concern for our health and the environment. But everyone’s path to veganism is unique and the degree that each of those common things impacts them varies. Vegans come from all different cultures, education levels, races and economic backgrounds. Vegans are skinny and heavy, incredibly healthy and chronically ill (but getting better!), trying to heal themselves and thriving in ultra endurance competitions. Each story is incredible, and every journey is different.
What are you hoping to accomplish with the project? What do you imagine the final result will be?
I’m hoping that people who are curious about veganism will find a testimonial that inspires them and then give it a chance. The great news is we are already seeing these results. Several people have contacted the testimonial authors to let them know that they felt a connection with them and their story and have now gone vegan. Nothing gets me more fired up than that!
How can people submit their own testimonial or get more information on the project?
I would encourage them to read some of the testimonials on readyforplanb.com. If they are interested in participating, they can reach out to me there or they can find me on twitter @readyforplanb. I would love to connect with them and share their story.
Thanks again to Peter for all of the work he’s doing with this project and for taking some time out of his busy schedule to do this interview. I’ll be back next week with an Intuitive Cooking post, but I hope you’ve enjoyed this little departure from the norm before the Easter holiday!