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The Otpor! student movement in Serbia used humor to successfully spread its message of resistance.
MAIN TARGET : General population – via YOUTH GOAL : Remove people’s fear to express their desire for an end to the Milošević regime MEANS : Otpor! countered a government initiative with its own satire on the “collection barrel” called “Dinar za Smenu” (Dinar for a Change). Source: Otpor! – A collection “BARREL” Posted in the New Tactics Searchable On-line Tactics Database Serbia: Using Humor and satire ( Website Tactic - Also see New Tactics on-line dialogue – Tactics that Tickle All the Way to the Win )
MAIN TARGET : Community Leaders – particularly chiefs, queen mothers and temple priests GOAL : End the harmful customary practice of Trokosi (a system in which women and young girls are kept in fetish shrines without their consent) MEANS : Engage respected leaders in the communities where the practice is prevalent to persuade others to change their practice Source: New Tactics tactical notebook - Mama Adokua Asigble IV, Queen Mother from Tefle, and priests
1990 - First consultation with chiefs and queen mothers deliberating and opposing the practice
1991 - Committee of chiefs and priest create a report condemning the practice
1995 - First national workshop on the practice
1996 - First group of women liberated
1998 - 1,000 women liberated & passage of law prohibiting the practice
2003 - 3,000 women liberated and negotiations underway to liberate 20,000 women from 19 shrines
Source: New Tactics tactical notebook - Mama Adokua Asigble IV, Queen Mother from Tefle, and priests
What is your vision? 1990 - First consultation to raise the issue with leaders 1991 - Committee of Leaders Condemn the practice 1995 - First national workshop on the practice 1996 - First group of women liberated 1998 – 1,000 women liberated & LAW preventing practice
GOAL : Development of a national democratic struggle to end the system of apartheid
MEANS : (0ne tactic used to build first-level grassroots organization) Leveraging black economic power through rent boycotts, consumer boycotts of businesses owned by whites or black apartheid collaborators Source: A Force More Powerful website: http://www.aforcemorepowerful.org
TIMELINE : The case study on Tavaana's website provides a more comprehensive timeline and a variety of the tactics used.
The consumer boycott was a particularly effective tactic.
Decimated profits of businesses
Drove a wedge between business and government as white store owners put pressure on the government to change policy
Tactic was immune to government oppression – you cannot arrest people for not buying products
Source: A Force More Powerful website: http://www.aforcemorepowerful.org
What kinds of incentive tactics do you know about or have you used?
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