Coming soon: The true story of what we learned while working with Belfast housing activists to force the City to privilege people over real estate.
We learned a few technical things: how to hack bus stop ads (easy!), infiltrate city government venues (easy!), and make and throw seed bombs (easy!). (We also failed at a few things: mainly staying in city government venues, and convincingly stinging officials. But that wouldn't be the first time….)
We also re-learned how fun it can be to get a legal threat if you (a) don't have lawyers, and (b) can find a nice way to ignore your friends' lawyers. Threats can make for some good email theater, as we first learned back in our very first project.
We remembered it's not all about media attention, but also about rallying the community (see "lessons"). We remembered to remember that effective campaigns are usually long, and that any given action (or series of actions!) is about building towards a win, not winning all at once.