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From hippy to hip: dissent in a      globalising world !!   Ralph Miliband Lecture Series –                              L...
Antonio Gramsci (1981-1937)!              !“I’m a pessimist because ofintelligence, but an optimist       because of will....
A perfect storm: convergence ofmultiple crises!…with	  deep	  social,	  environmental	  and	  economic	  injus6ce	        ...
Key global challenges!•    Democratic deficit!•    Global governance!•    Social exclusion!•    Role of civil society!•    ...
The world is at a boiling point!                             Source:	  Capital	  Ins6tute	  
Biodiversity loss!Threats include: habitatdestruction, invasivespecies, overexploitation,climate change, humanoverpopulati...
Climate change!          September	  2012	            	            	            	            	            	            	  ...
Nitrogen cycle!
Cognitive dissonance!                            !                            !Definition: A condition of conflict or anxiet...
Louis Althusser!•  ISA’s versus RSA’s!
Civil disobedience!
Are we witnessing a turning pointin the history of civildisobedience?!
Civil disobedience!….the active,professed refusalto obey certainlaws, demands,and commands ofa government.!
SavetheArctic.org !    •  The environmental       problem!    •  The campaign!2012	                     June	  
Struggle for a global sanctuary!
Involvement of celebrities!
Engaging unusual suspects!
Taking over Shell HQ in the Hague!    Speaking from within the headquarters of oil major Shell on    Friday, the words of ...
2012	     July	  
Gazprom action in the Russian    Arctic!2012	               August	  
Private companies and reputation    concerns!    !    !    “Oil on Greenland would be a disaster. A leak would do too    m...
Dutch court ruling/SLAPP Suits!    !    “A company like Shell, that is taking actions or plans to take    actions that are...
2012	     October	  
!                          What next?!•    Financial sector focus!•    Building broad-based alliances!•    Intersectionali...
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Ralph miliband lecture 18.10.2012 final

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This is the presentation I delivered at the London School of Economics in October, part of the Ralph Miliband lecture series.

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  1. 1. From hippy to hip: dissent in a globalising world !! Ralph Miliband Lecture Series – LSE! Kumi Naidoo !
  2. 2. Antonio Gramsci (1981-1937)! !“I’m a pessimist because ofintelligence, but an optimist because of will.” ! Source:  Wikipedia  
  3. 3. A perfect storm: convergence ofmultiple crises!…with  deep  social,  environmental  and  economic  injus6ce   Source:  Greenpeace  
  4. 4. Key global challenges!•  Democratic deficit!•  Global governance!•  Social exclusion!•  Role of civil society!•  War on terror (curtailment of international civic mobility)!
  5. 5. The world is at a boiling point! Source:  Capital  Ins6tute  
  6. 6. Biodiversity loss!Threats include: habitatdestruction, invasivespecies, overexploitation,climate change, humanoverpopulation! Source:  Greenpeace,  Logging  ac6vity  in  Waropen  district,  Papua  province.  
  7. 7. Climate change! September  2012                   September  1984     Source:  earthobservatory.nasa.gov      
  8. 8. Nitrogen cycle!
  9. 9. Cognitive dissonance! ! !Definition: A condition of conflict or anxiety resulting from inconsistency between ones beliefs and ones actions.! Source:  Encyclopedia  Britannica  
  10. 10. Louis Althusser!•  ISA’s versus RSA’s!
  11. 11. Civil disobedience!
  12. 12. Are we witnessing a turning pointin the history of civildisobedience?!
  13. 13. Civil disobedience!….the active,professed refusalto obey certainlaws, demands,and commands ofa government.!
  14. 14. SavetheArctic.org ! •  The environmental problem! •  The campaign!2012   June  
  15. 15. Struggle for a global sanctuary!
  16. 16. Involvement of celebrities!
  17. 17. Engaging unusual suspects!
  18. 18. Taking over Shell HQ in the Hague! Speaking from within the headquarters of oil major Shell on Friday, the words of Greenpeace Netherlands executive director Sylvia Borren were clear: “My first move as the new CEO of Shell is simple and effective: no drilling for oil in the pristine Arctic.” ! (www.tcktcktck.org)!2012   July  
  19. 19. 2012   July  
  20. 20. Gazprom action in the Russian Arctic!2012   August  
  21. 21. Private companies and reputation concerns! ! ! “Oil on Greenland would be a disaster. A leak would do too much damage to the image of the company.” ! Christophe de Margerie, chief executive of oil giant Total !2012   September  
  22. 22. Dutch court ruling/SLAPP Suits! ! “A company like Shell, that is taking actions or plans to take actions that are controversial in society and which many people will object to, can and should expect that actions will be taken to try to change its mind.”! !2012   September  
  23. 23. 2012   October  
  24. 24. ! What next?!•  Financial sector focus!•  Building broad-based alliances!•  Intersectionality!•  Intensifying civil disobedience!•  New international solidarity !
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