OPEN SOURCE ACTIVISM
Manmade climate change has been speculated about as early as the 19th century, and from the 60’s on has become a more mainstream concern. However, the people and corporates of the world haven’t exactly acted upon this given. With climate tension running higher each and every day, all around the world people are standing up for what they believe in. Either that, or they sit down and glue themselves down. Say what?
The before stated scenario may sound familiar, because protests like these have been popping up all around the world. The initiative was started by a network called Extinction Rebellion, located in London. The goal of ER is to drastically tackle the issue of climate change, since we have failed to do so according to them. And we agree!
ER sends their messages in the guise of practicing peaceful disobedience. Around the world, sub-groups in the name of the network have risen up. In Amsterdam, the USA, Canada and London, people have been gluing themselves to the streets. Their protests might be peaceful, but they are very intrusive to day to day live within the city. This has granted the movement worldwide recognition.
What is it about Extinction Rebellion that makes it grow this rapidly? We believe it’s directly linked to their strategy; Extinction Rebellion functions as a decentralized network. What that means is that separate sub-groups can choose to work in the name of ER, with ER offering these groups all information needed to follow their guidelines and demands. So whenever people from the organization get arrested, one of the sub-groups can take over and keep on carrying out the work. This means their green crusade is basically unstoppable!
The network takes advantage of having an open source blueprint. ER offers a blueprint of their activism in which all necessary documents, such as legal advice and effective planning, are shared. Webinar trainings are offered and you can communicate with other members in different countries through an open blueprint app, similar to Slack. All of the above lowers the threshold for people to start their own demonstration and makes it possible for anyone to take over the philosophy and goals of ER.
From October 7th on, at the crack of dawn, the sun rises on a new wave of rebellion every single day.