What’s great about Rossmann is that he seemingly doesn’t fit the profile of someone who might be a passionate front-facing advocate—in a recent video
, he admitted the strain of meeting lots of people at a conference, as he’s actually an introvert—but his mixture of personality and technical skill have actually made him quite effective at the job. He knows how to speak up, and he knows a ton about his subject matter area.
(He’s not the only person out there, by the way: Nathan Proctor
of the U.S. Public Interest Research Group has been doing tons of great work
on the advocacy front as well, just as one example.)
And at a time like this, when right-to-repair legislation is finally being taken seriously by state and national political bodies, having someone who can both properly explain the issues and do so in an engaging way is really important.
The battle over right to repair is one that involves a competition between massive, trillion-dollar companies, and those that don’t have anywhere close to that, because they’re approaching the problem from the grass roots. So when a movement has a passionate figure that is willing to step up and tell a broad audience what’s what, it needs to latch onto that.
Any good movement needs a voice. Louis Rossmann is a pretty great one for right to repair.