Sarah Corbett: Activism needs introverts
Sarah Corbett - Craftivist
Sarah Corbett does activism in a quiet, humble and intriguing way using handicrafts. Full bio
in a festival toilet,
because I couldn't even sit down,
I don't even need the toilet."
for a large charity on climate justice,
in climate change,
on climate justice
a bit more about the issue.
and lots of inequality,
and drained me of energy,
because I'd be exhausted,
doubting my commitment to the cause,
at the end of our shift,
had been signed,
of petitions signed
my little breaks in the toilet.
of the other activists,
the same amount of energy
of getting people to sign petitions,
going to watch the bands in the evening
to my tent and have a sleep,
completely wiped out,
that had the energy
as well, inside.
I'm an introvert,
seems to be favoring extroverts."
outside embassies or shops.
was around lots of people,
it was performing.
that that wasn't fair,
of the world's population are introverts,
because we burn out,
by activism and not do it,
an activist in this world.
it was particularly clever,
of the activism that worked
performing all the time.
was in the background,
just being a campaigner,
I can do, really --
I've been a professional campaigner
consultant for different charities
of activism that were needed.
I could engage with
I was concerned about in campaigning.
for Oxfam and other big charities,
politicians and businesses
which ones didn't.
so I look at all of that stuff,
in social change in a different way,
to be more beautiful, kind and just,
should be beautiful, kind and just,
about three ways
but I'm just going to talk about three.
activism is often very quick,
response to injustice is,
in our campaigning,
those extrovert doers,
quiet introverts into activism.
you have to do it slowly.
complex, messy social change issues
as a constituent,
while you're stitching away,
of what are your motives.
that was mentioned before?
people in solidarity,
which often isn't very ethical?
in different places --
slow form of activism,
they are often not heard.
you don't need eye contact with people.
next to someone or a group of people
get time to ask people,
if you give them eye contact.
who are those big, deep thinkers,
that you want to do
that's about shaming people
these discussions in a very slow way,
to slow down and think deeply,
for the introvert as well,
part of that movement for change,
through our activism,
just react in unethical ways.
with art institutions
over 150 people at the V&A
on a particular issue,
or how it went, like this one.
that activism needs introverts
at intimate activism.
at intimate activism,
when we're engaging power holders,
to people we disagree with,
not aggressive enemies.
that I do a lot with introverts,
like a bespoke handkerchief
in your position of power.
while we're making these gifts,
to implement the living wage.
to hand-deliver our gifts
was that the chair of the board
of followers on Twitter,
to be a living wage employer,
amazing workers are working full time
that we want you to be?"
form of activism.
and Valentine's cards to say,
to implement the living wage,
they'd announced to the media
the independent living wage, and now --
to work with them to be accredited,
discussions with the board members,
they loved their hankies
what we were doing,
standing outside screaming at them
are really good at intimate activism
to discuss with people,
we're trying to engage power holders,
with them all the time.
are really missing out
can be half of the world's population,
that we're introvert,
by saying what overwhelms us.
texts in capital letters --
and everything, she's fine --
it's capital letters, it's too much."
the lovely text she sent me.
letters overwhelm you,
to help us do intriguing activism
rather than puts them off.
and brash giant posters
and vying for our attention.
around the world who take part
of provocative street art
or telling them what to do.
to engage in different ways,
to be told what to do.
a green heart on your sleeve
and how climate change will affect it,
with the word 'chocolate' on?"
intimate conversations and say,
that climate change will affect,
of the solution, not the problem."
like to be the center of attention,
and how will climate change affect it?"
instead of shop-lifting,
with lovely stories on
behind your clothes.
or is it a torturous one?
in little pockets in shops,
that they found it.
in an intriguing way online and offline.
that when you're planning a campaign,
just as much as extroverts'.
and thinking deeply,
we're really good at bringing them out.
so use us in that way.
create conversations and thought.
to turn into an extrovert and burn out,
and the traits that you have
or an introvert or an ambivert,
not to get involved.
About the speaker:Sarah Corbett - Craftivist
Sarah Corbett does activism in a quiet, humble and intriguing way using handicrafts.
Why you should listen
Sarah Corbett is a craftivist who teaches her "gentle protest" approach to individuals and organizations around the world. She also makes craftivism (craft + activism) projects and DIY kits for people who want to do a quieter, kinder and more beautiful form of effective activism than what is sometimes traditionally offered.
Growing up in a low-income area of the UK, Corbett has been involved in activism since she was three years old and has worked for more than a decade in the UK charity sector as a professional campaigner focusing on international development. But in 2008 she burnt out as an activist and introvert and wanted to find an effective way of campaigning that fitted her skills and ethics and personality. She set up the Craftivist Collective social enterprise in 2009 after people wanted to join in her new form of activism. Now there are craftivists around the world who take part in social change using handicrafts.
Corbett won the Sheila McKechnie award for Economic Justice campaigner of the Year 2016. Craftivist Collective won an Innovation Award from Care2 Impact Award 2016. She works with charities, arts institutions, universities and has exhibited her solo exhibition, "Gentle Protest," in Stockholm, Helsinki and London. She lives in East London and works worldwide.
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