Like them or not, sports tend to offer really great metaphors for life. And perhaps because it’s NFL playoff season, I’m thinking a lot about a fictional Super Bowl back in 1999, when Al Pacino was the coach of a football team in absolute disarray and delivered a speech he only hoped could change the course of the game. Maybe you’ve heard it before? Well, here’s the part of Any Given Sunday that I’ve never forgotten: In the locker room trying to inspire the players at a moment when it seems as if there is no path forward, Pacino says: “life is a game of inches... and the inches we need are everywhere around us.”

In the latest episode of Revolutionizing Activism, “Small-ish”, we talk about the inches it takes to win big for social justice.

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In Small-ish, filmmaker, writer, and activist Astra Taylor shares her journey from Occupy Wall Street to the Debt Collective and describes her process similarly—moving through toe holds in a mountain, one step at a time. Led by Steve Lambert in conversation with Ricardo Dominguez, Astra Taylor, and Nikola Pisarev, what makes “Small-ish” particularly dynamic is how each activist developed unique approaches to issues such as financial inequality, cross-border migration, and public spending through “small interruptions”. The power of their work is both the unique nature of these playful disruptions and how they continue to make a meaningful impact. This conversation offers a great way to think about the year ahead, the goals we want to achieve, and how we can make them happen inch by inch. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Read on for:

  • Excerpts of our conversation with Astra Taylor, Ricardo Dominguez, and Nikola Pisarev and a link to the full video

  • 3 ways you can go small in order to go big

  • And small updates about big opportunities from our Unstoppable Voters team


Click here to listen to Dominguez tell an amusing story about a micro gesture that involved spending $20 at a mall, and sitting down and playing with these objects in front of the mall’s entrance. [Spoiler alert! This butterfly effect almost led to being arrested!]

Scale is a tactic

Click to hear more about how Taylor learned to go for depth rather than breadth.

Sometimes as activists, we do need baby steps

3 ways you can go small in order to go big

Interested in other practical ways you can practice creativity in your advocacy work? The Art of Activism: Workbook is available to purchase or download for free on our website. And we’re hosting a special event about what works specifically in US voting activism in February — read on to learn more about that!

Want to watch more conversations and hear from inspiring activists about how creativity and imagination have shaped their advocacy work over the years?

Dig into the Revolutionizing Activism Series

Whales, Witches, and Wonder: What Works in Voting Activism

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On February 9 from 1-2pm ET, hear from some of the most creative, impactful voting leaders from around the US about what really works in voting activism — and how you can supercharge your civic engagement work this year and beyond.

We’ll be joined by Jeanine Abrams McLean and Aileen Loy of Fair Count, Abdul Dosunmu of the Young Black Lawyers’ Organizing Coalition (YBLOC), and Andrew Dinwiddie and Becky Bullard of Democrasexy. And we’ll be coming at you live from our exhibit The Utopia Project at the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum in Washington, DC: an interactive gallery experience all about creative activism.

Don’t miss this chance for inspiration, innovation, and practical lessons to improve your creative activism.

Register here for Whales, Witches, Wonder, and more!

What else works in voting activism? The Unstoppable Voters Fellowship!

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Applications are open for our Unstoppable Voters Fellowship for 2023! This unique program is an incredible professional development and practical support opportunity for leaders in the civic engagement field.

The Fellowship features extensive artistic activism training, one-on-one mentorship and support, and connection to a vibrant community of voting champions.

Learn more and apply by March 1

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