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Activist Resource: “Plan to Thrive”

God, in my years I have seen so many come in, get chewed by “the system” (and, to my shame, I have played the role of teeth of the cogs on occasion) and get spat out the other side. It’s … Continue reading

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What’s in an activist toolkit?

[Usual provisos – it depends on what the person/people is being active about, and how they’re trying to make change happen. It depends if the activist is trying to work alone (not recommended, but sometimes unavoidable), in a small group … Continue reading

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Abeyance structures and climate change…

Abeyance structure The political organisations and networks of people who keep a political movement alive in times of relative inactivity. Abeyance structures are often hidden from the wider public, but they play a special role in ensuring the continuance of … Continue reading

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Resuscitation for meetings, with the help of a rhesus monkey…

I have done a fair bit of event-organising over the last few years, using relatively innovative formats (some stolen, some invented).  What I found was that afterwards people who liked the format would come up and say so and then … Continue reading

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Account ability – excellent suggestions from Rhizome

This is why the Tinterwebs is such a brilliant invention. Cos you set up a blog, and you have a great bunch of people reading (and that includes you very occasional commenters, and heck, you lurkers too). And, just when … Continue reading

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Free to … Agree with our Lords and Masters

Social Capital or Social Capacity, as a (re)posting posed it a while back)? You are welcome to create “social capital” up until the point you resist the plans of your betters. Then you magically become ‘trouble-makers’. In local neighbourhoods alternative … Continue reading

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A climate movement in Manchester? Pretty to think so…

A climate movement in Manchester? Wouldn’t it be pretty to think so. What is a movement? The environmental movement is simply a particular example of a social movement, and Italian sociologists Mario Diani and Elisa Rambaldo tell us that a … Continue reading

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