XR: Truth and Its Consequences

By Rupert Read, Medium.comAugust 9, 2019 | STRATEGIZE! “Rupert’s analysis is cogent, compelling and extremely challenging, his cool-headed questions and suggested solutions are much needed in our overheating world” – Ed Gillespie, Co-founder of Futerra, and Extinction Rebel “A fascinating new pamphlet from Rupert Read: “What in concrete terms does this pamphlet mean?: that the Autumn Rebellion should target primarily the rich and …

The magic number of people needed for social change to catch on

06-07-2018 By Chrissy Sexton Researchers have identified the tipping point that is needed for large-scale social change, such as major changes in the workplace. The experts have determined that around 25 percent of people must agree on a social norm before it can be modified. Acceptable social norms are constantly shifting on issues like gay marriage, gun laws, or race and gender …

Optimism and perspective-shifting as a strategy

We chose to go to the moon. From the Apollo missions, a blueprint for pursuing the audacious and near-impossible In the fall of 2010, I asked Larry Page a series of questions to find out what he wanted X’s purpose to be. “Is X a research center?” No, Larry said. “A philanthropic organization?” No. “An incubator?” No. “Are we solving Google’s problems?” …

Strategy and Soul: Summary Highlights from A Campaigner’s Tale by Daniel Hunter (trainer of organizers, activists)

January 20, 2017 The veteran activist, campaigner and trainer, Daniel Hunter, who drafted the organizing guide for The New Jim Crow and has advised nonviolent movements around the world teaches core principles in the gripping story of casinos coming to Philadelphia and creating a “done deal” with government.  People organized and the casinos outspent their effort 200:1.  The people still …

We’ve Got People: From Jesse Jackson to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the End of Big Money and the Rise of a Movement, by Ryan Grim. Also US History in 10 Movements.

Loc: 650 Democrats, even as they became the party of “acid, abortion and amnesty,”31 still nearly won the 1968 presidential election, such was the support for the party’s creation of a robust welfare state. Loc: 680 As we look across history for examples of Democrats losing elections as the result of an unwillingness to stand behind a set of values, …

Are you a carbon abolitionist? People don’t care about climate change. They care about life.

In Terms of Combating Climate Crisis, Renowned Naturalist David Attenborough Declares: ‘We Cannot Be Radical Enough’ Sir David Attenborough gives testimony to the House of Commons Tuesday. (Image: House of Commons/PA) In testimony to British lawmakers Tuesday, famed scientist and environmental advocate Sir David Attenborough said that humanity “cannot be radical enough” in working to stop the ravages of the …

What Gets People Engaged, and Keeps Them Engaged Over Time? Relationships with other participants and the opportunity to play a role that is meaningful and challenging

Excerpt from Univ. of Wisconsin, distributed by Climate Advocacy 2019 In short, the answers to these questions are: (1) relationships with other participants and, (2) the opportunity to play a role that is meaningful and challenging. These answers are supported by research on local community organizing (Christens & Speer, 2011), and are also related to theory on human development and …

Organizing is like building cooperatives

Excerpt: Break away from PowerPoint and surveys. Develop a 10-month project with the participants that allows them to explore those topics through their own project-based learning. Create milestones, practice interpersonal skills, have meetings with funders and lawyers, and have it all fit into a larger programmatic arc that will leave participants with experiences they can learn from and build upon. We Need …

Seven principles of a Democratic Economy: community, inclusion, place (keeping wealth local), good work (putting labor before capital), democratized ownership, ethical finance, and sustainability

https://democracycollaborative.org/content/marjorie-kelly-employee-ownership-and-community-wealth Our economy is designed by the 1 percent, for the 1 percent. This book offers a compelling vision of an equitable, ecologically sustainable alternative that meets the essential needs of all people. We live in a world where twenty-six billionaires own as much wealth as half the planet’s population. The extractive economy we live with now enables the financial …