Written in response to Sticking the pin onto the tail of democracy by Perry Walker, TalkShop published on the RSA blog 12.2.21

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Early twenty-first century humans are participants in an enormous shift in social relations mediated by technology. Our politically-divisive times coincide with increasing connectivity with which we can come together or get our POV aired.

5G and AI offer limitless possibilities of technological and social pluralism, yet we seem stuck in echo chambers, unable to activate the web to its democratic potential.

The political potential of our hyper-communication mediated by technology is evidenced in its role in both inciting…


Design for Direct Action

Transcript of a lecture delivered for the School of Speculation at the Design Museum, London, 18.08.20

Ende Gelände, direct action at an open cast coal mine, Germany, 2017. See www.ende-gelaende.org

DIRECT ACTION is…

Insisting on acting as if one is already free

(David Graeber)

Intentional law-breaking where persons place themselves in arrestable situations in order to make a political statement

(Wikipedia)

To “create such a crisis and foster such a tension” as to demand a response.

(Martin Luther King)

Struggle between worker and employer for control “over the economic life of society”.

(William Mellor)

Strikes, demonstrations, or other public forms of protest rather than negotiation to achieve one’s demands.

(Google)

Rosie Strickland

Rosie Strickland is a designer, storyteller and art director for social change. Find out more by visiting www.disobedientdesign.co.uk

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