“The decision to protest is not taken in a social vacuum”
(Klandermans & Van Stekelenburg, 2013)
One of the words noted down most frequently in my notebook is context (another is power).
Campaigners responded in a beautiful and creative way when the authorities stopped demonstrations at the UN climate discussions following the 2015 Paris terror attacks. Thousands of climate activists had expected to march in Paris to put pressure on governments to end reliance on fossil fuels. Following the decision to ban on protests in public spaces campaigners had to think quickly, respectfully and imaginatively to make their “voices heard”. Instead of marching thousands of shoes were placed on the Place de la République in a ‘silent march’. Continue reading “Turn to Face the Change”
In a recent blog I examined the approach of Stop Funding Hate, a campaign calling for companies to withdraw their advertising from newspapers – the Daily Mail, the Daily Express and The Sun – that often carry incendiary, divisive anti-migrant headlines.
It is a corporate responsibility approach to change according to Krznaric (2007) seeking to alter the behaviour of organisations through threatening reputation “with name and shame campaigns” (Krznaric, 2007: 59). Continue reading “Corporate Competition & ‘Field Level’ Change”
In a recent discussion in class* it was noted that the objective of the Stop Funding Hate campaign was to change the headlines and tone down the anti-migrant and xenophobic rhetoric in the Daily Mail, Daily Express and The Sun.
I would question whether this is the aim of the campaign, even if this is the change they want to see.
“Space is a social product… it is not simply ‘there’, a neutral container waiting to be filled, but it is a dynamic, humanly constructed means of control and hence of domination, of power.” Henri Lefebvre
In the last couple of weeks we have seen campaigners in court. Not for direct action that has long pushed the boundaries of what is lawful, but on the ‘other side’, challenging authorities for inaction on environmental issues.
Exploring the tactics used in social change campaigns
'The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.' - Mahatma Gandhi
'Stand for something or fall for anything'- Kendrick Lamar
An overview of campaigning and other arts that work towards progressive social change
This is a refelcetive blog of Gidado Shuaib for M.A in Media, Campaigning and Social
MA Media, Campaigning and Social Change - University of Westminster
Embrace the Change
Writings along the way
Campaigning for Social Change
"Today, our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change." – Martin Luther
"History is ours, and it is made by the people" Salvador Allende
the only constant is change
This blog has been written as part of my Media, Campaigning and Social Change MA at the University of Westminster.