Tag Archives: Greenpeace

Why some activists break the law – and how to respond

It’s no secret that some activist organisations believe they occasionally need to break the law in support of their “just cause.” And that’s a well acknowledged challenge for issue managers and senior executives trying to navigate their way through responding … 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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Activist backflip stuns the GMO Issue

There are few public issues more contentious than genetically modified organisms in food.  And the GMO debate has an unequalled capacity to divide business and committed activism. So it was highly newsworthy when a leading British anti-GM activist came out and … Continue reading

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For some issue activists, illegal is just a sick bird

Many companies seem to be constantly surprised that some activists are prepared to break the law in support of their cause. Yet this is a largely unspoken reality of issue management, and a serious challenge for organizations facing determined and single-minded … Continue reading

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Warrior Princess vs oil giant in activist issue campaign

It was a classic activist ambush.  Stage a media stunt to highlight an issue and draft in a celebrity to guarantee international coverage.  The news media play along every time. So it was that TV actress Lucy Lawless – a.k.a.  Xena, … Continue reading

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Barbie discovers Greenpeace don’t “play responsibly”

When executives get together to identify and prioritise their organization’s issues, it is very easy to forget that OTHER PEOPLE may decide what’s important for you. Last week saw a good example when Greenpeace targeted toymaker Mattel as part of … Continue reading

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Greenpeace gets creative . . . but falls down flat

It’s amazing what passes these days for political protest and legitimate issue campaigning. In an extraordinarily futile gesture, Greenpeace campaigners on bicycles turned up outside the South Melbourne office of advertising company Whybin/TBWA* after the agency was awarded the global … Continue reading

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