Audio: Developing Strategy For Social Transformation with Chris Dixon

Audio: Developing Strategy For Social Transformation with Chris Dixon

On March 28, 2012, Chris Dixon spoke at 2640 in Baltimore about developing strategy for social transformation.

The question of strategy - how we might win in the near and long term as we struggle against domination, exploitation, and oppression - is pressing. As anti-authoritarians, however, we frequently face barriers to thinking and acting strategically. These include fixating on principles over plans, fetishizing specific tactics, and organizing in crisis modes.

Drawing on interviews with organizers across North America, this presentation discusses these barriers, and potential ways we can move past them toward developing effective approaches for the long haul of social transformation. Together, we explore how to build movements in the world as it is - engaging with where and how people are struggling - while cultivating strategies toward the world that we want. This presentation especially highlights strategic approaches based on fighting for non-reformist reforms and building dual power.

Chris Dixon is a scholar and longtime activist who received his PhD from the History of Consciousness program at the University of California at Santa Cruz in 2010. His writing has appeared in numerous book collections as well as periodicals such as Clamor, Left Turn, Social Movement Studies, and Upping the Anti. Dixon speaks regularly at activist and academic conferences on contemporary organizing, movement-based research, and social movement history. He is currently completing a book, tentatively titled Against and Beyond, based on interviews with anti-authoritarian organizers across the U.S. and Canada involved in broader-based movements. Dixon serves on the board of the Institute for Anarchist Studies and the advisory board for the journal Upping the Anti. He lives in Sudbury, Ontario, in Canada.


Daniel Staples

Daniel is a collective member of the Indypendent Reader.  His interests include technology, feminism, sexuality, economics, and music.  Daniel has a Master's degree in Women's and Gender Studies from Towson University, and develops mesh network technology at the Open Technology Institute.  He maintains the Indyreader website.

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