How to Resist: Turn Protest to Power Hardcover – 13 Jul 2017
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An amazingly inspiring book coming at just the right moment. A leading light in an invaluable organisation, Matthew Bolton really knows how to make stuff happen - and he wants you to know too. You might have heard that things don't have to be this way - here's the official guidebook to changing them (Marina Hyde)
Matthew is one of the great thought and action leaders of his generation. This book will give people the power to change their communities (Tessa Jowell)
Populism is the most important political development of our time and How to Resist makes a powerful call for a populism of mass democratic participation. We've got to put power back in people's hands and this vital guide tells us how. It's a must-read (Steve Hilton)
If anyone knows how to do social change, it's Matthew Bolton who has been at the heart of London Citizen's successful Living Wage campaign. He's a smart, sophisticated operator and his book imparting nuggets on how to take on the system will be eagerly pored over by people who are keen to make a difference but don't quite know how to go about it (David Cohen, Campaigns Editor and Chief Feature Writer, London Evening Standard)
With expertise and a track record that is compelling, Matthew offers tools for citizens to become more powerful and stand up to vested interests of the market and state. This book offers a vision and a method to revitalise our democracy (Philip Blond, Director of Res Publica, author of 'Red Tory')
The Living Wage is perhaps the most successful grassroots campaign of the last decade and in How to Resist, Matthew gives us the key lessons and tactics behind the impact. This vital book will help turn the political energy of today into lasting change in communities and constituencies up and down the country (Polly Toynbee, Guardian)
There's a huge appetite right now for radical change and How to Resist can equip a generation of politically engaged young people with the practical tools to organise and campaign (Paul Mason)
I want to congratulate you on the brilliant way, and the ruthless way, that you bend us politicians to your will, and you get us to deliver (Boris Johnson, then Mayor of London, to Citizens UK)
I talk about the Big Society; you are the Big Society (David Cameron, then Leader of the Conservative Party, to Citizens UK)
If you're worried about the state of the world, Matthew Bolton's brilliant How to Resist shows how each of us can do our bit to fight populism (Rohan Silva Observer)
If there's anyone worth listening to about the politics and strategy of protest, it's Matthew Bolton. After all, this is the man who led the hugely effective campaign for the living wage, and here he sets out a persuasive case for being proactive, rather than moaning about the state of the nation on social media. How to Resist is genuinely a "how to" guide . inspiring stuff (Observer)
[Bolton's] pragmatism is welcome . Democracy is too important to leave to other people (Evening Standard)
Perhaps it isn't you that needs to change but the world. Matthew Bolton, who led the campaign for a living wage, here lists seven principles for those who want to do more than just rant on twitter, showing how to transform from armchair warrior to activist (Five Books to Solve All Your Problems Evening Standard)
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Bolton illustrates key points using real-life examples - using historical characters you'll recognise (Rosa Parks, MLK and others). Perhaps aware that those may seem too lofty as role models, he then dives into his own personal experiences of bringing about change: dissecting what has worked, and what hasn't.
A worthwhile parallel read is Moisés Naím's The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being In Charge Isn't What It Used to Be - that books pulls power apart. Matthew Bolton's builds it up again - for the 21st century.
The only issue I'd pick out is the assertion that anger and frustration is the best spark for change. Whilst it can be a source, it shouldn't be the only source. Change can happen in many ways. So if you're not in a corner, trying to resist the unreasonable, try: Appreciative Inquiry Handbook: The First in a Series of AI Workbooks for Leaders of Change - and of course the writings of John P. Kotter etc. However, if you are in a corner, dealing with the unreasonable: start with Mr Bolton.
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