GEORGE LAKEY – Thirty-five years after his death, the man who mentored Martin Luther King Jr. still has much to teach movements about harnessing the power of ‘people in motion.’
GIORGI LOMSADZE – Following the death of a cameraman who was attacked by a far-right mob, thousands rallied against the government, which they blamed for condoning the violence. But the authorities only doubled down.
PAUL ENGLER – There are times in history when sudden events â€” natural disasters, economic collapses, pandemics, wars, famines â€” change everything. They change politics, they change economics and they change public opinion in drastic ways. Many social movement analysts call these â€œtrigger events.â€ During a trigger event, things that were previously unimaginable quickly become reality, as the social and political map is remade
COLIN BEAVAN – Some years ago, the communications psychologist John Marshall Roberts said at a talk I attended that there are three ways of converting people to a cause: by threat of force, by intellectual argument, and by inspiration. The most effective of these methods, Roberts said, is aligning communication about your cause with the most deeply-held values and aspirations of your friends, relatives, neighbors, and fellow citizens. To get peopleâ€™s total, lasting, and unwavering support, in other words, we should try neither to cajole them judgmentally nor convince them forcefully. We should inspire them toward a vision that theyâ€”not weâ€”can really care about.