- Compensation for democracy? No way!
- Preference whispering or vote scamming?
- The nightmare returns, but the solution is simple
- It’s mining vs democracy with Bairds COALition
- Social media as a tool in social movement campaigns
- The people stopped the Gasfields, the government failed us
- Too late for state government to change its spots now
- Gasfields still threaten most of the region, how will you vote?
- Renewed threat of gasfields following state election
- Forest crisis goes well beyond koalas
- Round three in the battle save native forests
- Gloucester Dreaming ~ guest post by Mick Daley
- NIMBY’s, blow ins, and professional protesters
- NSW gas plan mostly hot air
- Rally a great display of direct democracy
- Can we be a totalitarian democracy?
- The corporatisation of democracy
- When profit trumps democracy
- Hypocrisy the greatest luxury? Dont buy the hype
- Activism part of the fabric of life
- Protest lies at the heart of democracy
- Time to cancel all gas licenses in the Northern Rivers
- Reclaiming democracy
- What part of ‘consult’ does Metgasco not understand?
- Bentley is everybody’s victory
- Bentley Blockade: a timely warning to all resource investors
- Bentley and Social movements: an interview
- Politics + corruption = mining under martial law
- Bentley Blockade: mining vs democracy
- People power holds the line at Bentley
- Watch out for early signs of fascism
- The politics of ‘extreme energy’- the bigger picture
- Democracy vs corporate survival
- People power vs csg: the year in review
- The power of locking your gate
- …more commentary
- News & Events
- “They blinked first”
- Colin Barnett quick to protest against ‘activism degrees’ – The Australian, 16/10/2014
- ‘Degrees in activism’ put brake on growth – The Australian, 15/10/2014
- Magistrate throws out vexatious police case against CSG protesters
- Outrage over school PR ‘by stealth’- The Northern Star
- CSG clash a certainty
- Communities use new tactics
- Gas group attacks lecturer
- …more media
- Activist Resources
The Activists’ Handbook
The Activists’ Handbook is a powerful guide to grassroots activism. A priceless resource for everyone ready to make a difference, environmental activist Aidan Ricketts offers a step-by-step handbook for citizens eager to start or get involved in grass-roots movements and beyond.
Providing all essential practical tools, methods and strategies needed for a successful campaign and extensively discussing legal and ethical issues, this book empowers its readers to effectively promote their cause. Lots of ready-to-use documents and comprehensive information on digital activism and group strategy make this book an essential companion for any campaign. Including case studies from the US, UK, Canada and Australia, this is the ultimate guidebook to participatory democracy.
In this accessible text, Ricketts generously shares insights and wisdom he’s gained through twenty years of dedicated activism. His legal training and experience are the real strength to this manual. Too few community activists use the law to its potential and Aidan advocates creative and powerful legal strategies. ~ James Whelan, director, The Change Agency
The biggest problem in the world is not hunger, disease, conflict or corruption. It is apathy – the fact that we see all these problems around us and we do nothing. This handbook shows us that something can be done through organising and action, and shows us how to do it. Now it’s up to us. ~ Michael Norton, author, 365 Ways to Change the World.
Table of Contents
- Activism, advocacy and the practice of democracy
- Building successful social movements
- Strategy: The art of activism
- Planning and mapping your campaign: practical tools and processes
- Media, publicity and research
- Public sector activism: How to change the law and influence government policy
- Corporate Activism
- Direct action, protest and your rights
- Digital Activism
- Strategic Litigation
- Social change and conflict resolution
- Empowerment and personal sustainability: Staying active and avoiding burnout
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