The Armchair Activist’s Handbook

My first book, The Armchair Activist’s Handbook, was published by Silvertail Books on 5 August. It offers ideas for alternative activism away from traditional chants-and-banners protest, and follows my own journey from being a disillusioned journalist to someone taking positive action for change.

If you’ve come here to find more information on the projects, people and issues mentioned in the book, the list below offers some pointers (I’ve got a new website launching soon that should make these details easier to sift through).

Handy links, by chapter:

Chapter 1: Food Fight!
Featured campaigns:

Big Barn – a local food outlet locator
www.bigbarn.co.uk

Chagfood CSA
www.chagfood.org.uk

Fruit City – tree finder for London
fruitcity.co.uk

Fruitshare
www.fruitshare.net

Hackney Harvest
hackneyharvest.com

Growing Communities CSA
www.growingcommunities.org

Growington food swaps
www.growington.com

Incredible Edible Lambeth
www.incredibleediblelambeth.org

Incredible Edible Todmorden
www.incredible-edible-todmorden.co.uk

Urban Harvest foraging
urbanharvest.wikispaces.com

Veg Exchange food swap
www.vegexchange.com

 

Extra help:

Abundance project listing
www.farmgarden.org.uk/home/local-food-project

Community Supported Agriculture listing
www.soilassociation.org/communitysupportedagriculture

Food cooperative finder
www.sustainweb.org/foodcoops/finder

Food cooperative toolkit
www.sustainweb.org/foodcoopstoolkit/

Hedgerow Harvest – hedge recipes
www.hedgerowharvest.org.uk/hedge-recipes

Local Harvest – buy direct from US family farms
www.localharvest.org

Neighbourhood Fruit – map of US trees and sharers
neighborhoodfruit.com

Supply Local – food finder
www.supplylocal.co.uk

Wild food advice and foraging courses
www.eatweeds.co.uk

Wild food school – courses, advice and free guides
www.wildfoodschool.co.uk

 

 

Chapter 2: Battle for Planet Earth
Featured campaigns:

Backyard Gardener Seed Exchange
bit.ly/YmaQ5o

Blogger Seed Network
bifurcatedcarrots.eu/seed-exchange

Brighton Community Energy
www.brightonenergy.org.uk

Brixton Community Energy
brixtonenergy.co.uk

Campaign for Seed Sovereignty
www.seed-sovereignty.org/EN

Clean Sugar Campaign
www.boycottbloodsugar.net

Clean Sugar Campaign petition on Avaaz to stop EU subsidies to landgrabbers
bit.ly/196f1GF

Ethical Consumer palm oil campaign
www.ethicalconsumer.org/ethicalcampaigns/palmoilcampaign.aspx

Food Sovereignty Now
foodsovereigntynow.org.uk

Good Food, Good Farming campaign
www.goodfoodgoodfarming.eu

La Via Campesina
viacampesina.org/en/

Micro Genius
www.microgenius.org.uk

Nyeleni: European Food Sovereignty Movement
www.nyelenieurope.net

Reclaim the Fields
www.reclaimthefields.org.uk

Rainforest Foundation Palm Oil Database
www.rainforestfoundationuk.org/palm-oil-database

Seed Savers Exchange
www.seedsavers.org

Seedy Sunday
www.seedysunday.org

Transition Network
www.transitionnetwork.org

Vanastree seed keepers
vanastreefilm.wordpress.com

 

Extra help:

Co-operatives UK guide to community or cooperative energy initiatives
www.uk.coop/renewable

Christian Aid
www.christianaid.org.uk

Global Witness
www.globalwitness.org

Ethical Consumer boycotts page
www.ethicalconsumer.org/boycotts.aspx

Fuel Poverty Action

http://fuelpovertyaction.org.uk

Heritage Seed Library
www.gardenorganic.org.uk/hsl

Open Development guide to economic land concessions
www.opendevelopmentcambodia.net/briefings/economic-land-concessions

 

 

Chapter 3: Space Invaders
Featured campaigns:

Adopt a Kiosk
bit.ly/5eZLP

Alley Gardens Project
alleygardens.org

Alleyway Project
alleywayproject.blogspot.co.uk

Bird Walk
bit.ly/PGpShw

Do Tank Brooklyn chair bombing
dotankbrooklyn.org/22

Empty Shops Network
emptyshops.wordpress.com

Guerilla Gardening
www.guerrillagardening.org

Moss Cider
www.themossciderproject.org

Pillow Fight Day
www.pillowfightday.com

Pimp Your Pavement
www.pimpyourpavement.com

Space Hijackers
www.spacehijackers.org

Urban Love Sydney
www.facebook.com/urbanlove.aus

Urban Playground Movement
speakea.sy

Extra help:

Action for Sustainable Living Reclaim the Alleys
www.afsl.org.uk/projects/reclaim-the-alleys

Creating a pop up library – Shareable magazine
bit.ly/Kxwjlg

Hack Your City
hackyourcity.com/

Ground Control by Anna Minton
www.annaminton.com/Ground_Control.htm

Landshare
www.landshare.net

Open Streets Project, US
openstreetsproject.org

Pop Up People report
bit.ly/AcKq20

Project Dirt – green projects network
www.projectdirt.com

Reclaim the Beach
www.urban75.org/london/reclaim.html

RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood Project
bit.ly/dqjkyr

Sustrans DIY Streets
bit.ly/HNjbH

 

 

Chapter 4: Naked Fashion
Featured campaigns:

Bang Bang Clothing Exchange
bangbangclothingexchange.co.uk

Beyond Skin
www.beyondskin.co.uk

Clothing Exchange Australia
www.clothingexchange.com.au

Designer Desires
www.designerdesires.com

Ebay
www.ebay.co.uk

El Naturalista

http://shop.elnaturalista.com

Fair Corp
www.thefaircorp.com

Future Vintage
future-vintage.co.uk

Hetty Rose
www.hettyrose.co.uk

IOU Project
iouproject.com

Mrs Bear’s Swap Shop
www.mrsbears.co.uk

One Dress Protest
onedressprotest.com

People Tree
www.peopletree.co.uk

Project 333
theproject333.com

Revolve Boutique
www.revolveboutique.co.uk

Swishing
swishing.com

The Discerning Brute
www.thediscerningbrute.com

Traid
www.traid.org.uk

Uniform Project
www.theuniformproject.com

Extra help:

Anti Slavery
www.antislavery.org/english

Charity shop map for Paris
gridskipper.com/63314/paris-charity-shopping#pointmap

Love Fashion Hate Sweatshops
www.waronwant.org/campaigns/love-fashion-hate-sweatshops

Labour Behind the Label
www.labourbehindthelabel.org

Find a charity shop
www.charityretail.org.uk/locator.php

Op Shop (Australia)
opshop.org

No Logo by Naomi Klein
www.naomiklein.org/no-logo

Style Is… online sustainable fashion store
www.style-is.co.uk

Style With Heart ethical fashion listings for men and women
www.stylewithheart.com

To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing Out the World? by Lucy Siegle
bit.ly/ScDKMf

Thriftshopper thrift store locator (US)
www.thethriftshopper.com

Thrift Stores (Canada)
canadianthriftstores.com

 

 

Chapter 5: A Case of Affluenza
Featured campaigns:

Bertie and Bean
bertieandbean.com

Body Shop
www.bodyshop.co.uk

Bonafide Green Goods
www.bonafidegreengoods.com

Buy Nothing Day
www.adbusters.org/campaigns/bnd

Buy Nothing New Month
www.buynothingnew.com.au

Collaborative Consumption
collaborativeconsumption.com

Craigslist
www.craigslist.org

Faith in Nature
www.faithinnature.co.uk

Freegle
www.ilovefreegle.org

Gumtree
www.gumtree.com

International Downshifting Week
www.downshiftingweek.com

Let’s All Share
www.letsallshare.com

LUSH
www.lush.co.uk

My Green Directory
www.mygreendirectory.info

Nothing Nasty
www.nothingnasty.com

Read It Swap It
www.readitswapit.co.uk

Really Really Free Market
www.reallyreallyfree.org

Recycle More bank locator
www.recycle-more.co.uk/banklocator/banklocator.aspx

Reuse Network
reusenetwork.org

Rent My Items
www.rentmyitems.co.uk

Set Exchange
www.set-exchange.co.uk

Swap Shop
www.swapshop.co.uk

Swap Tree
market.swap.com

The Book of Rubbish Ideas
bookofrubbishideas.wordpress.com

The People Who Share
www.compareandshare.com/thepeoplewhoshare

The Story of Stuff
www.storyofstuff.org

Unpackaged
beunpackaged.com

Extra help:

Abe Books – secondhand books online
www.abebooks.co.uk

Cash Generator – second-hand games, TVs, computers etc
www.cashgenerator.co.uk

Charity shop finder
www.charityretail.org.uk/locator.php

Ethical Superstore
www.ethicalsuperstore.com

How Can I Recycle This?
www.recyclethis.co.uk

London sustainability network
www.london21.org

Open Shed neighbourhood sharing network (Australia)
www.openshed.com.au

Oui Share
ouishare.net

Shareable magazine – the latest on the sharing economy
www.shareable.net

The Compact – staying off the consumer grid
groups.yahoo.com/group/thecompact

The Non Consumer Advocate Blog
thenonconsumeradvocate.com

Thriftshopper
www.thriftshopper.com

Ziilch reuse and recycling (Australia)
ziilch.com

 

Chapter 6: Travel Baggage
Featured campaigns:

Bikes Alive
bikesalive.wordpress.com

Bicycology
www.bicycology.org.uk

Bike Share Map – docking stations in real time
bikes.oobrien.com/london

Bike Sharing World Map
bit.ly/MFyRZm

Bike Soup
www.bikesoup.co.uk

Bla Bla Bla Car
www.blablacar.com

Brompton Dock network
www.bromptondock.co.uk

Carbusters magazine
carbusters.org

Carpooling
www.carpooling.co.uk

Catch a Ride
www.catcharide.co.uk

Car Next Door
www.carnextdoor.com.au

Car Plus
www.carplus.org.uk

Critical Mass world directory
www.critical-mass.info

Cycle Training
www.cycletraining.co.uk

Freewheelers
www.freewheelers.co.uk

Get Around
www.getaround.com

Give Up Your Car campaign
www.giveupyourcar.com

Go Get Car Share
www.goget.com.au

Going Going Bike
www.goinggoingbike.com

Liftshare
www.liftshare.com

Llani Car Club
www.llanicarclub.co.uk

Mitfahrzentral
www.mitfahrzentrale.de

National Car Share
www.nationalcarshare.co.uk

Once Ridden
www.onceridden.com

Preloved
www.preloved.co.uk

Sustrans free cycle maps
bit.ly/VfDSMb

WhipCar
www.whipcar.com

World Carfree Day
www.worldcarfree.net/wcfd

World Carfree Network
www.worldcarfree.net

Zip Car
www.zipcar.com

Extra help:

Byke peer-to-peer rental
byke.mobi

Cycling campaigns worldwide
www.ecf.com/cycling-campaigns

Liquid peer-to-peer bike rentals
www.doliquid.com

Living Streets – campaign for putting people first
www.livingstreets.org.uk

Map My Ride
www.mapmyride.com

Meep Meep moving service
www.meepmeep.com

 

 

Chapter 7: Crafty Tactics
Featured campaigns:

Craftivist Collective
craftivist-collective.com

Craftivist collectives worldwide
www.counter-craft.org/collectives

Dilly Tante
dillytante.wordpress.com

Hats 4 Heroes
www.hats4heroes.co.uk

Hats 4 The Homeless
www.hats4thehomeless.org

International Yarnbombing Day
www.facebook.com/InternationalYarnBombingDay

Knitted Knockers
knittedknockerscharity.blogspot.co.uk

Knit One Give One
www.knitonegiveone.org

Knit The City
knitthecity.com

Micro Revolt
www.microrevolt.org

Ravelry
www.ravelry.com

Revolutionary Knitting Circle
grantneufeld.ca/group

Reykjavik Underground Yarnstormers
reykjavikundergroundyarnstormers.wordpress.com

Seattle’s YarnCore Collective
yarncore.com

Yarn Storming Knitwork
yarnstorming.co.uk

Extra help:

How To Guide on Yarnbombing
bit.ly/UXLT89

Knitting for Good! A guide to creating personal, social and political change stitch by stitch by Betsy Greer
craftivism.com/about.html

Needlecraft supplies
www.sewandso.co.uk

 

Chapter 8: It’s All About the Money
Featured campaigns:

Bank Transfer Day
www.facebook.com/Nov.Fifth

BerkShares
www.berkshares.org

Brixton Pound
brixtonpound.org

Chiemgauer
www.chiemgauer.info

Eco-Pesa
www.ecoethics-kenya.org/projects/ourprojects.html

LETS international
www.lets-linkup.com

The Lewes Pound
thelewespound.org

Move Your Money UK
moveyourmoney.org.uk

Move Your Money Project
moveyourmoneyproject.org

Positive Money campaign
www.positivemoney.org.uk

Extra help:

Community Development Financial Institutions
www.findingfinance.org.uk

Corporate Ethics: Canadian Tar Sands
corpethics.org

Find your local credit union UK
www.findyourcreditunion.co.uk

Find your local credit union USA
www.findacreditunion.com

Guidance on setting up a local currency
transitionculture.org

The Good Banking Forum
goodbanking.org.uk

War on Want
www.waronwant.org

Regiogeld network
www.regiogeld.de (in German only)

 

Chapter 9: Clicktivism and Beyond
Featured campaigns:

38 degrees
www.38degrees.org.uk

Avaaz
www.avaaz.org

Avaaz Community Petitions
www.avaaz.org/en/petition

Blog Action Day
blogactionday.org

Buzz Bnk
www.buzzbnk.org

Campaigns By You, 38 Degrees
you.38degrees.org.u

Care2
www.care2.com

Change
www.change.org

Ethical Travel blog
www.goethicaltravel.com

Facebook
www.facebook.com

Global Voices
globalvoicesonline.org

GoPetition
www.gopetition.co.uk

i Petitions
www.ipetitions.com

Indie Go Go
www.indiegogo.com

Loudspeaker.me
act.loudspeaker.me

Riot Clean Up
www.riotcleanup.co.uk

Sponsume
www.sponsume.com

Start Some Good
startsomegood.com

Threatened Voices
threatened.globalvoicesonline.org

Twitter
www.twitter.com

Ushahidi
www.ushahidi.com

We Will Gather
www.wewillgather.co.uk

Extra help:

Clicktivist
www.clicktivist.org

Digital activism directory
www.movements.org/pages/951

Meta Activism Blog
www.meta-activism.org

Notes on Digital Activism
www.digitalactivist.net