“Participation? Show don’t tell” #egofodder #insultation #AcademicCulture #ActivistCulture #Smugosphere

A few examples spring to mind. In 2007, while my eyes were opening wider and wider to the reality of Climate Camp, I was at an event in Manchester aimed at getting university students involved in the "non-hierarchical" organisation. And two self-described "non-hierarchical leaders designed the meeting that involved rather a lot of talking... by... Continue Reading →

Incumbency tactics – build a “common sense” (a la Gramsci)/capture the policy networks and possibilities

One of my favourite quotes about politics, policy etc is this "The definition of alternatives is the supreme instrument of power." It's by a basically forgotten American political scientist called E.E. Schattschneider. It kinda gels with a bunch of other stuff about institutional guard-rails, and Gramsci's notion of hegemony and common sense (as opposed to... Continue Reading →

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