RD&T’s contributing writer, Linda Bloom, discusses her experience working with couples and shares how both in the partnership can win when things become contentious.
Linda: There is a political activist I admire named George Lakey. He has been a successful change agent in the area of nonviolent actions for five decades. In his inspirational book, How We Win, he makes the important distinction between a protest and a campaign.
When I look back on the protests I’ve joined over the years, I don’t remember a single one that changed the policy we were protesting.
He draws a sharp contrast between a protest designed for venting and a campaign, which is characterized by clear goals and sustainability. It takes sustained power tactics to obtain a lasting shift.