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yesterday by bradbarrish
Saul Alinsky's 13 Tried-and-True Rules for Creating Meaningful Social Change | Open Culture
Rules for Radicals recommends mostly working within the system—though in the twisted way Machiavelli is reputed to have done (whether or not he’s been interpreted fairly). Below, you’ll find Alinsky’s list of 13 “Rules for Radicals,” offered with his proviso that political activism cannot be a self-serving enterprise: “People cannot be free unless they are willing to sacrifice some of their interests to guarantee the freedom of others. The price of democracy is the ongoing pursuit of the common good by all of the people.”

1. “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.” Power is derived from 2 main sources – money and people. “Have-Nots” must build power from flesh and blood.
2. “Never go outside the expertise of your people.” It results in confusion, fear and retreat. Feeling secure adds to the backbone of anyone.
3. “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.” Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty.
4. “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” If the rule is that every letter gets a reply, send 30,000 letters. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules.
5. “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.
6. “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.” They’ll keep doing it without urging and come back to do more. They’re doing their thing, and will even suggest better ones.
7. “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.” Don’t become old news.
8. “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.” Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new.
9. “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.” Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist.
10. "The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition." It is this unceasing pressure that results in the reactions from the opposition that are essential for the success of the campaign.
11. “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.” Violence from the other side can win the public to your side because the public sympathizes with the underdog.
12. “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.” Never let the enemy score points because you’re caught without a solution to the problem.
13. “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.

Alinsky’s rules can and have been used for anti-democratic designs. But he defines the U.S. as a “society predicated on voluntarism.” His vision of democracy leans heavily on that of keen outside observer of early America, Alexis de Tocqueville, the French philosopher who “gravely warned,” writes Alinsky, “that unless individual citizens were regularly involved in the action of governing themselves, self-government would pass from the scene.”
activism  politics  psychology 
2 days ago by corrales
Contributors Articles | The Interpreter
Rima Flihan is a Syrian writer and human rights activist. She is a former member of the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces. Rima is also responsible for the human rights file in the Geneva II negotiations for the Syrian opposition.
politics  democracy  humanrights  activism  syria  middle-east 
2 days ago by asaltydog
Design is Not Neutral
On how designers can do social good
design  activism  ideology 
2 days ago by jbushnell
‘We're reactivating the people’s army’: inside the battle for a hard Brexit | World news | The Guardian
Now it’s time for strategy, as Farage tells supporters how to confront MPs. “I don’t want you writing letters to them. Go and visit them at their surgeries, queue around the block, meet them face to face, make them feel the heat, make them understand that being part of a customs union, being a vassal state with laws made somewhere else, is unacceptable. And that if they do this, you will never give them your vote again. Make. Them. Feel. The. Heat. We in Leave Means Leave are reactivating the people’s army.”

The language is tough and militaristic, and Farage’s delivery chilling. He warns that if he is forced to fight a second referendum we’ll see a very different Farage: “This time, no more Mr Nice Guy.” I can’t help thinking back to his victory speech after the referendum, delivered at 4am on 24 June 2016. Farage boasted that Brexit had been achieved “without a single bullet being fired”. It was only eight days after the strongly pro-EU Labour MP Jo Cox had been murdered on her way to a constituency surgery. Her killer, Thomas Mair, shouted “Keep Britain independent”and “Britain first” as he shot and stabbed her. But Farage appeared to have forgotten that.
UK  Brexit  politics  Leave  hardBrexit  LeaveMeansLeave  FarageNigel  populism  Bolton  UKIP  middleClass  Birmingham  Bournemouth  referendum  activism 
3 days ago by petej
NationBuilder: Software for leaders
"a cross between a content management system and a customer relationship management (CRM) package, but that's because this membership management platform is geared more towards attracting people to engage with your cause rather than administering them as a group. The original focus of the firm's marketing efforts was towards non-profits and political campaigns, but they are now reaching out to musicians and artists as well as restaurants and anyone trying to generate an online following.
service  crm  cms  activism  tools  socialmedia 
4 days ago by mechazoidal
CiviCRM | Open source constituent relationship management for non-profits, NGOs and advocacy organizations.
"It is specifically designed for the needs of non-profit, non-governmental, and advocacy groups, and serves as an association management system. CiviCRM is designed to manage information about an organization's donors, members, event registrants, subscribers, grant application seekers and funders, and case contacts. Volunteers, activists, voters as well as more general sorts of business contacts such as employees, clients, or vendors can be managed using CiviCRM."
software  tools  crm  activism 
4 days ago by mechazoidal
moma, [30.03.18 14:35]
[Forwarded from Sofía Hurtado]
Acá hay un video sobre public narrative (una de las principales herramientas de organización comunitaria):
alinsky  activism  action  politics  from notes
5 days ago by angelmoma
"Disrupting for Good" book Chris Field
Disrupting for Good shares powerful stories you’ve never heard about people like you who are taking on the challenges around them and reshaping lives. From a preschool teacher creating a cross generational program with a nearby nursing home to a young girl cleaning up the trash in her neighborhood, these stories proclaim the truth: anyone can make positive change.

Our world is in desperate need of people who talk less and do more. Change in our own lives and those around us begins when we ask good questions and then dream, dare, and do. In this book, Chris will show you how to become a disruptor who cannonballs off the cliffs of complacency and changes the world around you. Great adventures await all of us. Are you ready?
activism  socialnetworking  stories  texas  altruism 
6 days ago by cyberchucktx

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