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How to resist: turn protest to power

How to resist: turn protest to power

Bolton, Matthew, author

An empowering and practical set of seven principles to effect actual change for the better in the world around us. It's easy to feel dispirited by the world around us. We need change but as one person alone, it can all seem far too daunting. What can one person alone achieve? Where to begin? 'How to Resist' reminds us that all great social change movements in history have been organised by ordinary people coming together, being brave and changing the course of history

Hardback, Book. English.
Published London: Bloomsbury, 2017
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Available at Central Library.

  • Central Library – One available in 303.4/BOL

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Statement of responsibility: Matthew Bolton
ISBN: 1408892723, 9781408892725
Physical Description: 158 pages ; 19 cm
Subject: Society.; Social movements.; Social change.

Author note

Matthew Bolton, Deputy Director of Citizens UK and Lead Organiser for London Citizens, has built a nationwide alliance of thousands of community campaigners who have driven two of the most effective, strategic and widest-reaching campaigns in the UK of the past two decades. He led the UK Living Wage campaign, which has won over ?200 million for 150,000 low-paid workers and persuaded the Government to introduce the 'national living wage', benefitting millions more. The Refugee Welcome and Safe Passage campaign has secured entry for over 1,100 vulnerable Syrian children, including hundreds from the 'jungle' camps of Calais. Matthew coaches community organisers across the country, and is a Trustee of the London Community Land Trust affordable housing provider. He lives with his wife and young son in South London.



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||Matthew is one of the great thought and action leaders of his generation. This book will give people the power to change their communities||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||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||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||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||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||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||I talk about the Big Society; you are the Big Society||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