“…Beautiful Trouble can be highly recommended as a useful and impressive compendium of decades of distilled practical knowledge.”Justin Jacoby Smith, Red Pepper
In a hyper-mediated world, often the audience you care about is not the one in the room with you, but the one you’ll reach through mass and social media. Design your action with them in mind.
Theory without action produces armchair revolutionaries. Action without reflection produces ineffective or counter-productive activism. That’s why we have praxis: a cycle of theory, action and reflection that helps us analyze our efforts in order to improve our ideas.
By telling a personal story, documentary film can make an otherwise difficult-to-approach issue accessible. Filmmakers and activists, working together, can collaborate to make a film a story-driven lever for change.
Design your action so that your target is forced to make a decision, and all their available options play to your advantage.
In search of allies and points of agreement, we must grow comfortable adopting the rhetoric of worldviews we might otherwise oppose.
Movements seldom win by overpowering the opposition; they win by shifting the support out from under them. Determine the social blocs at play on a given issue, and work to shift them closer to your position.
Use metaphor, visuals and action to show your message rather than falling into preaching, hectoring or otherwise telling your audience what to think.
Movements, viral campaigns and large-scale actions can’t be scripted from the top down. An invitation to participate and the right set of simple rules are often all the starter-structure you need.
When we stay on message, we communicate exactly what we want our audience to know. We create harmony between our words, visuals and actions and we deliver a clear, powerful and irresistible call to action.