How do you interact with people who come to your exhibition, or who watch your flashmob, or who just pass by your protest action? Handing out leaflets and pamphlets is fine, but it’s not always the most engaging way. There are other ideas!
One cool contribution, which comes from China, is where LGBT activists were staging a mock same-sex wedding ceremony in public, as part of a campaign for marriage equality. But handing out pamphlets is not allowed in China, so activists feared that they would clash with police, with serious consequences for their safety. So they had the very clever idea of handing out red roses to people who were watching their ‘ceremony’.
The red roses were wrapped in a piece of paper containing the demands for marriage equality. By the time the police forces were able to make their minds up whether this amounted to handing out pamphlets or not, the protest action was over.
Fortune cookies could make for a nice alternative – treats wrapped in a message explaining the point of the protest, or pointing passers-by to further information.
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From the Netherlands, country of flowers amongst all, we bring you a lovely creative idea that will stun your audience:
Flowers can be used to say many things: to apologise; to wish joy; to congratulate, but in this tactic flowers are a symbol of solidarity. After the Brexit vote in the UK, flowers were put out for immigrants to take as a show of solidarity and support when tensions were heightened, many were unsure and frightened about their future. MORE INFO