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strategies for social change

A To Do List for Changing the Systems of Abuse that led to #MeToo

Now that the emotional response to the #metoo stuff has settled a bit in me (again), I wanted to put out this list of what we can do to change the systems of abuse. I wrote the list over the past week in response to a bunch of posts, particularly ones that say that the answer to the problem is to raise “better boys”. My response to that is if that is all we do, then another generation of girls and women will grow up living through what we have. So yes to raising boys differently, AND…

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Effective Cultural Organizing: What We Know

Although commonly pointed to as examples of successful cultural organizing, there is a growing body of evidence that shows tactics such as surrogates, benefit concerts, public service announcements are not very effective. Where tactics like this most often fail is in not being targeted or authentic enough to inspire action, and also in lacking efficiency (in terms of how much time and effort they take for what kind of return). What previous projects and research does show is that popular culture — whether film, TV, music, video games, social media, or other media — is an effective agent of social change when employed and deployed strategically...

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Adam Yauch, Activism & Fake Mustaches

Five years ago, my husband and I were going through airport security for our first vacation since having kid #2 when my phone started dinging. The news that Adam Yauch had passed away was coming to me in an avalanche of texts and calls, and it absolutely gutted me...[to continue reading on Medium, go here.]

From a color slide I took of Yauch in Tibet (1995) after we attended a religious festival that devolved into tsampa-throwing battle. Tsampa is a barely flour and a staple in the Tibetan diet. Throwing it in the air during a festival is a blessing…Throwing it in each other’s faces after the blessing is fun.

From a color slide I took of Yauch in Tibet (1995) after we attended a religious festival that devolved into tsampa-throwing battle. Tsampa is a barely flour and a staple in the Tibetan diet. Throwing it in the air during a festival is a blessing…Throwing it in each other’s faces after the blessing is fun.

Five Ideas on Strategies and Tactics for Cultural Change

In the shadow of the new regime, as dark and overwhelming as it seems, I believe that we have an incredible opportunity to play offense, at least as far as culture goes. I say this because history has taught us that cultural change is the best avenue to lasting political change. And also because the promise of cultural strategies for social change isn’t just about laws that protect the rights of all people and the land, but a culture that believes that all people have rights, that resources are to be protected, and that it is all of our responsibilities to do so. It is this broad-scale cultural change, not just political change, that we most want and have an opportunity now to build.

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