We need more paid agents of change. When your passion is your job, there is time to be both intense and effective.
That said, there is still too much heat and too little light coming from single issue fires. That energy must be harnessed. Single issues must find a way to develop politically, to enable viable change. In the end, it is the inability to organize to the level of current competition that is the hallmark of lost causes.
Activism is the engine of energy that sparks and spreads awareness. Left unattended, it runs out of fuel, having altered the surrounding landscape, and leaving behind reminders of success and failure. Activism is the fire.
But, Change is not achieved in the inferno of a passionate cause. To manifest, that fire must be managed, shaped and sustained. It must be organized into a vector of greater social purpose. It must become part of an evolving way of life, rather than a threat to it.
Activism is an expression of individual freedom, Organization is a directed performance.