School Of Gentle Protest // Week 5: Intriguing Protest

School Of Gentle Protest // Week 5: Intriguing Protest

    A message from Headteacher Corbett: “In order to be convincing, in order to be persuasive, we have to be… intriguing.” Says Fashion Designer, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Fashion Revolution and this week’s Visiting Professor, Orsola De Castro. This week in the School of Gentle Protest we are looking at ‘Intriguing Protest’ as … Continue reading School Of Gentle Protest // Week 5: Intriguing Protest

18 April 2017  //  Sarah Corbett


 

 

A message from Headteacher Corbett:

“In order to be convincing, in order to be persuasive, we have to be… intriguing.” Says Fashion Designer, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Fashion Revolution and this week’s Visiting Professor, Orsola De Castro.

This week in the School of Gentle Protest we are looking at ‘Intriguing Protest’ as a vital part of the activism toolkit; not to replace other forms of protest but to help strengthen campaigns.

For long-term change to happen, people need to take ownership of their thoughts and decisions and that starts with people deciding for themselves to ask questions, find out more information about an injustice and decide to protest the problem and be part of the solution. Changing hearts and minds is often a slow process and needs to be approached gently even when we want urgent action to stop harm happening to people as quickly as possible.

Curiosity may have killed the cat but it won’t kill human beings. Curiosity and asking important questions have the potential to save lives. We need to see our protests as attractive invitations to be part of the positive change we wish to see in the world; not judging, blaming or shaming people but inviting them to be part of solutions to injustice and harm in our world.

After watching this Lesson please take part in this weeks homework and share your findings and comments with fellow students and staff at School of Gentle Protest by using #SchoolofGentleProtest and tagging @Craftivists and @1215today

1. BE CURIOUS…

…about who you are and what type of activist you can be to have the most influence. Are there issues you care deeply about where you have influence (like Orsola within the fashion industry, or Catherine Howarth in the business sector)? Do you have particular skills and experience that can strengthen your campaigns? (E.g. Denzel Washington’s character in the film Philadelphia became a major part of a protest because he was intrigued, as a lawyer, about why another lawyer was fired because of his health condition.) One example of an intriguing protester is Milton Glaser, the graphic designer. Watch this brilliant documentary to learn how to intrigue people with your images and message for your protest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZ1YHqgZzGQ

2. FIND OUT…

…go deeper: research who is doing what and where you can be of best use in the issues you care about. Lots of great reading here to help: http://fashionrevolution.org/resource…

3. DO SOMETHING…

…big or small. Do something but try and make it intriguing, positive and gentle.

4. INTRIGUE…

… people by creating small, beautiful and provocative Mini Fashion Statements and “shopdrop” them (opposite to shoplifting) in places where fashion-lovers are such as pickets in unethical shops clothing items. All information to take part is here https://craftivist-collective.com/Min…

5. BE A FASHION REVOLUTIONARY during Fashion Revolution Week (24th-30th April) and ask brands #whomademyclothes . Join here: http://fashionrevolution.org

Other useful links referred to in this blog
http://fashionrevolution.org/event/fa…
http://fashionrevolution.org/event/cr…
http://fashionrevolution.org/events

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