In Paris, Dublin, Melbourne activists w long experience in eco and other movts are helping XR out...
If you reckon climate change matters (it does) and that it will take mass movement activity to force change where it counts (which is also true), the question of "what kind of movement activity?" becomes ... critical.
It's obvious why head office want participants to believe that they have the key, and all others need to do is get arrested.
After all, you can see some of this dynamic in many an NGO, and the odd Trotskyist organisation.
An activist group that spends most of its time talking *to its members* (not when trying to convince outsiders) about the issues and doesn't want debate about how best to tackle those issues is probably one to be wary of.
Many ppl are OK with this as their first step into activism - first "do something, anything", then think about it - and maybe move on.
A common effect is that when ppl get disillusioned w the organisation, they leave activism.
These things have happened, on a vast scale and in contentious contexts. We can do it - but don't expect to find a simply answer to how.
It is not always helpful to write an entire organisation off as beyond the pale.
Those arguments are useful because they are part of how people learn in movements.
But actually if we look back we can see that these things *do* come together sometimes, and sometimes they don't.
We can't infallibly make them happen - but we can do something in the right direction.
it matters to think more *about* movements ...
and thinking *in* movements matters. A lot.
Not on universities, not on social media, not on celebrity writers - any of these can offer something but it is in collective action that people can work out which of the many, many things on offer is actually useful.
A cheer for all of them who are willing to talk with activists from outside their own comfort zone and experience - and to the activists who are willing to talk with them.
Not so many cheers for ppl who are trying to shut this down or rule it out.