School Of Gentle Protest // Week 6: Careful Protest

  This week we are focusing on ‘Careful Protest’ as a vital part of the activism toolkit; not to replace other forms of protest but to help strengthen campaigns. It’s about being caring towards everyone we interact with in our protests, from the victims to the perpetrators (and everyone in between). And also being careful … Continue reading School Of Gentle Protest // Week 6: Careful 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

School Of Gentle Protest // Week 4: Quiet Protest

    “It’s not always those who shout the loudest who get the prizes in life.” Says Catherine Howarth, Chief Executive of ShareAction UK the incredible shareholder activism charity. This week in the School of Gentle Protest we are looking at ‘Quiet Protest’ as a vital part of the activism toolkit, not to replace louder … Continue reading School Of Gentle Protest // Week 4: Quiet Protest

Quiet Activism: Building the Structures that Create Real Change

Learning how to adapt your activism to suit your needs and achieve the greatest impact If you have followed the School of Gentle Protest over the last three weeks, you will know that activism doesn’t have to be loud and angry in order to be effective. There is no one true way of being an … Continue reading Quiet Activism: Building the Structures that Create Real Change

The Land of the Free (and Armed)

America’s historic obsession with gun ownership & freedom The case If you search the word “Freedom” on Instagram, what would you expect to find? Uplifting stock photos of an open sky, or the Statue of Liberty? Those are fair (and accurate) guesses, but in reality one thing in particular sticks out: guns. Any non-American would … Continue reading The Land of the Free (and Armed)

School Of Gentle Protest // Week 3: Intimate Activism

What do you do if someone you know or a stranger nearby says something that fuels inequality and injustice? We should protest against it immediately but that be really difficult not only because we are often in fight or flight mode so our brain goes foggy but also because we need (quickly) to exercise emotional … Continue reading School Of Gentle Protest // Week 3: Intimate Activism

The Secret To Having Productive Conversations

Though many of us diligently research issues, construct well-informed beliefs and set out to integrate these beliefs into our lives, many people often fall at the final hurdle: communicating their beliefs to others in a manner that people respond positively to. Thom Bond, the author of The Compassion Course Online, outlines that positive communication requires … Continue reading The Secret To Having Productive Conversations

5 Ways to Help You Unlock the Power of Questions – Fran Peavey

5 things to consider when shaping your questions for social change 1. Let the ideas emerge from the people affected. Where will great social change ideas come from? One of the basic assumptions of the strategic questioning process is that knowledge resides and is alive in all people … that they see and know intimately the problems that … Continue reading 5 Ways to Help You Unlock the Power of Questions – Fran Peavey

School Of Gentle Protest // Week 2: Inner Protest

    Before we ask other people to change their actions, behaviour or views we need to start by seeing if we need to change our ways too. That can be uncomfortable, which is why handicrafts can be a great, comforting tool to help us reflect deeply and critically whilst also crafting something that fits … Continue reading School Of Gentle Protest // Week 2: Inner Protest

Inner Activism: The Importance of Being an Everyday Activist

Rallying for something you are passionate about, raising your voice and your banners against injustice and hypocrisy, maybe even chaining yourself to trees and buildings… These methods are what most people associate with activism; creating a physical representation of your position on an issue, hoping that either the people we want to influence or the … Continue reading Inner Activism: The Importance of Being an Everyday Activist