Back in late 2010, I set myself a challenge – to build an arsenal of alternative activism approaches that would fit around a busy life. My new book, The Armchair Activist’s Handbook, is an account of the ideas I came across, the people I talked to along the way, and the ways in which I decided to take action.
The thing that prompted my mission was simple: I’d never really felt at ease with the chants-and-banners protest (which was what I thought of as the typical approach to activism). While I knew this type of action could be valuable, I didn’t think it was for me. I wanted things that I felt comfortable with. It turned out I wasn’t the only one.
In my search, I encountered a whole range of unusual, creative and exciting approaches to bringing change. Perhaps most importantly, they were also practical. Here’s some of the key things I learnt in the process: