Soft gel viagra First of seven talk summaries from AR2007.
Soft gel viagra NB: Recordings of this and (almost) all sessions at AR2007 are available for purchase. Soft gel viagra Recordings of a few of the panels I’ve spoken on at previous conferences are available online for free:
- Commonality of Oppression (mp3) from AR2004, soft gel viagra with Marjorie Spiegel and Steve Best
- Engaging Public Interest (mp3) from AR2005, soft gel viagra with Paul Watson and Adam Roberts
- Engaging the Community (mp3) from AR2005, soft gel viagra with Camille Hankins and Doll Stanley
- Forging Coalitions (mp3) from AR2005, soft gel viagra with Adam Roberts and Alex Hershaft
Soft gel viagra The texts of a couple of my previous AR conference talks also are online:
- Toward Total Animal Liberation, soft gel viagra from the plenary session on “Engaging Other Communities” at AR2002
- The Turtle Talk, soft gel viagra from the plenary session on “Paths to Animal Liberation” at AR2006
Soft gel viagra That said, soft gel viagra here goes with the first of this year’s summaries: The Nature of Social Change
Soft gel viagra I was on this early morning panel with Farm Animal Reform Movement founder and president Alex Hershaft, soft gel viagra who started us off by distributing and discussing this outline. Soft gel viagra Below Alex’s outline, soft gel viagra you can read a summary of the presentation I gave last year on that same panel. Soft gel viagra I said some of those things this time too and I won’t repeat them here. Soft gel viagra I also said some of the things I said in this 2005 talk on the power of grassroots movements and again I won’t repeat myself here.
Soft gel viagra This year, soft gel viagra since we all had just listened to a highly structured talk from Alex, soft gel viagra I groggily elected to give a free-form talk loosely organized around my thoughts on these three words: nature, soft gel viagra social, soft gel viagra change. Soft gel viagra Since the notes from which I spoke don’t reflect what I actually said, soft gel viagra I won’t be able to give as accurate an account of this talk as I would like. Soft gel viagra Nonetheless, soft gel viagra here goes:
Soft gel viagra Change: Activists are always talking about how hard it is to create change but, soft gel viagra actually, soft gel viagra change is the only constant in life. Soft gel viagra Change — biological, soft gel viagra social, soft gel viagra and ecological — is happening all the time. Soft gel viagra Rather than thinking about ourselves as being at the very difficult business of creating change out of nothing, soft gel viagra we can be more optimistic and realistic by thinking of ourselves as working within an ongoing process of continual change. Soft gel viagra So, soft gel viagra rather than creating change out of nothing, soft gel viagra all we have to do is figure out how to get the change that is going to happen anyway to flow in our direction. Soft gel viagra Since the direction of natural change is always back toward balance and since what we want is an end to the violent imbalances created by people, soft gel viagra we ought to be able to draw on or align ourselves with natural forces as organic gardeners do by, soft gel viagra for example, soft gel viagra drawing upon the natural process of decomposition for compost rather than applying synthetic chemicals that produce short-term progress at the expense of the long-term health of the soil.
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Soft gel viagra Also in talking about change, soft gel viagra I spoke of the difference between renewable and nonrenewable energy and identified emotion as a source of renewable energy for activism.
Soft gel viagra Social: All activism is social, soft gel viagra in two ways: (1) activism is a collective endeavor in which (2) we are trying to change the thoughts, soft gel viagra feelings, soft gel viagra and (most importantly) behavior of other people. Soft gel viagra If we want to change people, soft gel viagra then we ought to educate ourselves (rather than just guess) about why and how individuals, soft gel viagra groups, soft gel viagra and institutions really do change. Soft gel viagra For example, soft gel viagra individuals do sometimes change their behavior (even when it costs them to do so) if they become convinced that what they have been doing is inconsistent with their ethical beliefs. Soft gel viagra Corporations, soft gel viagra on the other hand, soft gel viagra are by definition amoral profit-seeking entities, soft gel viagra so behavioral remedies that make their current course of action less profitable are much more likely to succeed than heartfelt pleas to behave more ethically.
Soft gel viagra Both in seeking to change the hearts and minds of individuals and in working with fellow activists, soft gel viagra empathy — the ability to feel where other people are coming from, soft gel viagra even if you don’t agree with them — is essential to effective social change activism. Soft gel viagra Activist organizations are nothing other than systems of relationships. Soft gel viagra Empathy is necessary to keep those relationships healthy.
Soft gel viagra Nature: Similarly, soft gel viagra social change movements are systems of relationships that include organizations as well as non-affiliated activists. Soft gel viagra Like ecosystems, soft gel viagra movements are healthiest when they are diverse. Soft gel viagra The only times that activism has led to significant social change has been when a variety of individuals and organizations were coming at the same problem from a variety of angles. Soft gel viagra That means, soft gel viagra among other things, soft gel viagra that we need to quit picking on activists who share our goals but use different tactics. Soft gel viagra Chances are, soft gel viagra whether we can see it or not, soft gel viagra what they are doing helps us. Soft gel viagra The fear of direct action against vivisection motivates scientific institutions to listen to the people talking quietly and politely about alternative ways to do research.
Soft gel viagra Just as we need to respect movement biodiversity and understand how our own organization or type of activism fits into the animal advocacy ecosystem, soft gel viagra we need to understand how the exploitation of animals fits into the interlinked system of oppression that includes racism, soft gel viagra sexism, soft gel viagra and environmental despoliation (to name a few) along with speciesism and to think about how our movement can strengthen its relationships with movements that are working on problems that might not seem to be related but will, soft gel viagra in fact, soft gel viagra have to be solved in order to achieve animal liberation for everybody.
Soft gel viagra I’m not at all sure in what order I said all of this, soft gel viagra or even if I said all of this, soft gel viagra although I did try to go from change to social to nature. Soft gel viagra I know that I stressed emotion as a natural resource, soft gel viagra the relentless nature of change, soft gel viagra the importance of movement biodiversity, soft gel viagra and empathy as an engine of change, soft gel viagra since empathy inspires us to act for the animals while at the same time facilitating our interactions with other activists and the people we are trying to reach. Soft gel viagra
Soft gel viagra For sure, soft gel viagra the summaries of my other talks (in which I did stick to my outlines) will be more coherent.