Outreach ideas for hard, scary issues

It is hard to inform and mobilize the public about hard, scary issues such as nuclear weapons, the climate crisis, and Trumpism’s escalating fascism.

Typically, we throw facts at people, but people too fearful and powerless to open themselves up psychologically to hear those facts, let alone act upon them.

The document I wrote and linked below  can help the public empower themselves to work on serious issues, including the hardest and most  frightening issues.

In order to really engage the public on these hard and frightening issues, we must deliberately strategize how to address the public’s fears, feelings of powerlessness, and other psychological barriers that inhibit them from learning about and acting on these issues.

In order to make progress, we must pay at least as much attention to the public’s psychological factors as we do to the issues’ hard facts.

I wrote this one-page flyer to help us understand this and devise smarter strategies:

Outreach Ideas for Hard Scary Issues

 

 

 

 

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Since the late 1960s Glen Anderson has devoted his life to working as a volunteer for peace, nonviolence, social justice, and progressive political issues. He has worked through many existing organizations and started several. Over the years he has worked especially for such wide-ranging goals as making peace with Vietnam, eliminating nuclear weapons, converting from a military economy to a peacetime economy, abolishing the death penalty, promoting nonviolence at all levels throughout society, and helping people organize and strategize for grassroots movements to solve many kinds of problems. He writes, speaks, and conducts training workshops on a wide variety of topics. Since 1987 he has produced and hosted a one-hour cable TV interview program on many kinds of issues. Since 2017 he has blogged at https://parallaxperspectives.org He lives in Lacey near Olympia WA. You can reach him at (360) 491-9093 glen@parallaxperspectives.org