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Article: “Learning in social action: The informal and social learning dimensions of circumstantial and lifelong activists”

It’s by someone called Tracey Ollis Australian Journal of Adult Learning Volume 51, Number 2, July 2011 here is a link to the pdf Here’s the abstract This paper explores the informal and social learning dimensions of activists as they … Continue reading

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Find your love voice or I else won’t take my fingers out of my ears, alright?

I think the writer of this post would make more friends and allies if they weren’t so inflammatory and angry all the ti… no, wait… …. [W]hen white people tell us that we need to “find our love voice” when … Continue reading

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Rallies are such a useful movement-building tool. Not.

The blogger at Charred Caesia useful concerns about the activities of the Australian astro-turf outfit “Get Up”, (and should take the slightly-predictable “yeah, whatevs” from commenter Kylie as a compliment). Here’s my take on a 2011 climate rally that I … Continue reading

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Nurturing the revolution – child-friendly/parent-friendly events…

This guest post below, on the ever-reliable Plan to Thrive site, is full of great advice for people who want their social movements to be broader than the student/child-free/retired nexus… http://plantothrive.net.au/2013/10/nurturing-the-revolution/

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Take your Tory Party March and Shove. It. Up. Your. Arse.*

There’ll be some triumphant march organisers tonight. At least** 50,000 people traipsed around Manchester doing the “chant, chant, slogan slogan slogan” thing. Papers were sold (I think every single Trot in the UK was there). Placards were waved. Personally, I … Continue reading

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Meetings in the nude?! #pomposityreduction

“Is it always as tense as this with her?” I wondered. “Not always,” Caroline thought for a minute. “Me and her have lived here the longest. Five years it must be, near enough. It’s worked well enough most of the … Continue reading

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Eggs and (shopping) baskets – first encounters with activism and their consequences…

I have a “theory”* that “activists” are like baby geese. When they peck through the hard shell of enforced apathy/functional stupidity that we are encouraged to encase ourselves in, then the first thing they see when they see the light … Continue reading

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Of silencing and silences as a mechanism of power. #slavery #conferences #crasscomparisons

There’s more than one way to skin a cat (I’m told). There’s more than one way to impose reality, to enforce a limited number of narratives. Plantation owners used to make sure their slaves came from different parts of Africa, … Continue reading

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Emotathons and social movements – a vicious cycle of smugness and stupidity

Doubtless people will tell me I haven’t offered positive alternatives. These would be people who haven’t read much of this blog. That’s fine, but before writing in to tell me I haven’t offered positive alternatives, why not try these for … Continue reading

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How to destroy your credibility with defensiveness and glib patronising nonsense #94

Here’s the edited highlights of an exchange I had recently. I had gone to an event. It wasn’t very good. Not very very bad, but just could have been better. And given the organisation’s recent travails, it needed to be … Continue reading

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