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Winning campaigns in polarized times - George Lakey

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The current UK context is nothing if not polarised

The Brexit vote and more recent snap general election have shown just how deeply popular opinion is divided in the UK. The right is on the rise, and much energy on the left is pouring into reacting against this. But lessons from similar periods in history show us that reactivity is much less powerful than countering with a well grounded pro-active strategy.

Analysis, vision and strategy

In this talk, Training for Change founder and director George Lakey will:

  • Show how to avoid the paralysis of analysis by naming the essential points of agreement.
  • Document the importance of vision for success and suggests paths to agreement.
  • Draw on successful strategic principles that shift movements from reactivity -- where they are sure to lose -- to the offensive mode where they can win.

For this lecture Lakey will draw from a variety of successful social movements in Europe, the U.S., and elsewhere in order to show principles of successful organizing and strategy that apply to unions, NGOs, and other groups. He will illustrate the traps of defensive strategizing and specifically how to shift to take the offensive and win.

George Lakey's distinguished campaign biography

Lakey recently retired from Swarthmore College where he was Eugene M. Lang Visiting Professor for Issues in Social Change. He created and managed the Global Nonviolent Action Database research project (nvdatabase.swarthmore.edu).

Lakey has led social change organizations on local, state, national, and international levels. He has received the Martin Luther King, Jr., Peace Award, the Paul Robeson Social Justice Award, the Ashley Montague Conflict Resolution Award from the International Conflict Resolution Association, and the Giraffe Award for “Sticking his Neck out for the Common Good.”

Lakey is a respected author on the topic of social change. The Times Higher Education made his newest publication "Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians got it right and how we can, too" - book of the week.



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