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Part 5: Resources

Pandemic Response: Part 5ResourcesRegularly updated Action is the antidote to despair. Joan Baez Resources for solidarity, support & mental health: Local Organising to Support the Most Vulnerable in Our CommunitiesCovid-19 Mutual Aid UK On living your best self indoorsNim Ralph Resources for communicating about COVID-19: National Covid-19 Messaging DocumentASO Communications Talking About COVID-19: A CallRead more

Part 4: Pandemic Metaphors 13

Pandemic Response: Part 4Pandemic MetaphorsTracking the narrative Analyses of language reveal the extraordinary fact that we use around one metaphor for every ten seconds of speech or written work. If that sounds like too much, it’s because you’re so used to thinking metaphorically – to speaking of ideas that are ‘conceived’ or rain that isRead more

Part 3: Pandemic Beliefs

Pandemic Response: Part 3Pandemic BeliefsUnderstanding the narrative Only a crisis – actual or perceived – produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around. Milton Friedman So what are the ideas that are lying around? You may not share Milton Friedman’s opinion of theRead more

Part 2: Messages of Hope

Pandemic Response: Part 2Messages of HopeFrom across civil society When we drop fear, we can draw nearer to people [in some ways at least], we can draw nearer to the earth, we can draw nearer to all the heavenly creatures that surround us. bell hooks We have in the past week been grateful to receiveRead more

Part 1: Unimaginable times 1

Pandemic Response: Part 1Unimaginable times An evolving resource Just a few weeks ago, this moment was unimaginable. We would not have believed the headlines, or been able to picture how the high street looks today. COVID-19 has abruptly pressed pause on anything that resembles ‘normal’ day-to-day life. This is a moment of anxiety. We areRead more

Three ways to make difficult election conversations easier

In the run up to December 12th, many of us will be having difficult conversations. Whether it is on the doorstep, over a cuppa or during a phone call with our grandma, we will be trying to understand what is driving people’s decision in this election in the hope that we will be able to change people’s minds.

The Narratives We Need 1

The Narratives We NeedStrengthening the stories that unite us Social movements across Europe face some common framing challenges. We asked over 200 campaigners—environmentalists, feminists, anti-racists, new economists, and many more—what we’re up against, analysed the trends and pulled together the key lessons. If you’re part of a group organising for social change, we’re sure you’llRead more

General Election Framing Guide 3

For anyone working towards a more equitable, democratic and sustainable society It’s just seven days until the polling stations close. Depending on your constitution (and/or the most recent poll you have seen), you might feel we are living in exciting (or terrifying) political times, or you might agree with Brenda in Bristol that there is justRead more