Artful Activism & the Backbone Theory of Change with Bill Moyer

Wednesday June 7th, 6.30pm

For two decades, Bill Moyer, musician, change agent and co-founder of the Backbone Campaign has been providing activists and organisers with innovative techniques for creative protest. Backbone’s tools for “artful activism” include the use of puppets, light projections, human murals, supersized banners and a collection of water-based tactics known as kayaktivism

Bill, who is based in Washington State, will be visiting London and at Kairos to explain Backbone’s theory of change. Love Wins! And the Art of War combines lessons from past social movements and the performing arts with grand strategic principles that Bill has borrowed from his Pentagon analyst mentor and applied to nonviolent social movements. 

In this interactive presentation, Bill will explain that the central battle is a fight between one paradigm that idealises capital, gives corporations rights, and considers everything For Sale and an alternative life-affirming paradigm in which people, communities, nature and our obligation to future generations are considered sacred and clearly NOT for sale. 

In a time of cascading existential crises, the importance of sharing a theory of change increases our capacity to deliver victories. Luckily, the essence of Backbone’s approach is to encourage organising that fosters joy, community and a vision for the future as the means and the end.  

Kairos, 1-6 Essex Street, WC2R 3HY

Doors open at 6.30pm for drinks, interactive presentation starts at 7pm with a break for a one-pot vegan supper.

£5 members, £10 non-members. Includes food.