Tag Archives: activism

How passionate people drive important issues

The Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo last month is a striking example of the power of passionate people to drive issues, both large and small. Just ten years ago two academics in Melbourne Australia – Dimity Hawkins and Tilman Ruff … Continue reading

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When big business intervenes in social issues

When Australian Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison chastised superannuation funds for selecting investments for “political reasons” rather than financial return he was flying in the face of a growing trend in issue management. The Minister attacked the funds for not investing … Continue reading

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Refugee activists show how to focus an issue campaign

A small human rights advocacy group has shown that quiet, behind-the-scenes pressure on carefully selected targets can achieve more than high-profile stunts and street demonstrations which feature on the nightly news. Until recently the general public had never heard of … Continue reading

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No wonder Big Coal say they’re losing the PR battle

The Australian coal boss of the world’s largest mining company has warned that the industry is losing the PR battle against environmental activists who are trying to shut down fossil fuels. BHP Billiton’s coal President Mike Henry was right when he told … Continue reading

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When issue management becomes war on activists

Conflict between industrial development and conservation has long been a battlefield between environmentalists, big business and big government. But the escalating ”war” against activists is a real threat to democracy and legitimate issue debate. In Australia the Government is angry that … Continue reading

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A black eye for the anti-windfarm issue

Allegations about supposed health effects are a common challenge for issue managers.  And there are few health issues with so little scientific evidence and so much emotion as claims that wind turbines cause a whole catalogue of illnesses. But the campaign … Continue reading

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How anti-Halal campaigners threaten small businesses

The current campaign against Halal-certified food is a perfect example of how organizations don’t choose which issues they will become involved with . . .  and how facts don’t always seem to matter. The South Australian yoghurt maker Fleurieu was … Continue reading

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