The Art of the Possible: A Handbook for Political Activism

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McClelland & Stewart, Sep 4, 2007 - Political Science - 344 pages
A political insider tells us how we can make a difference. A must-read for fans of The Rebel Sell and Naomi Klein’s No Logo.

What difference can one person make? If I’m not a famous actor, rock star, or multi-millionaire philanthropist, what do I really have to offer?

The notion that the government is open only to a few is a myth. In fact, our political system is incredibly accessible, but the misguided belief that people can only participate through elections is threatening our democracy. Democracy is not only for the well-funded, the entrenched, or the few.

If we are interested in seeing actual changes to policy, we need more reformers. Rather than rejecting government, The Art of the Possible demonstrates how working through government can be the most direct route to social progress. Having an impact is possible. It is a matter of knowing how government works and making sure your point of view is presented how and when it counts.

During her time with the United Nations and Amnesty International, and as human rights adviser to two federal cabinet ministers, Amanda Sussman was offered a unique bird’s-eye view of government machinations. Through extensive interviews with insiders such as Joe Clark and Jack Layton and outsiders such as Alex Neve (Secretary General, Amnesty International Canada), Sussman offers the most comprehensive step-by-step advice on how and when to make the strongest possible argument for your cause.

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About the author (2007)

Amanda Sussman has an extensive background in advocacy work with organizations such as Human Rights Watch and Greenpeace, and she has been a policy adviser on human rights and refugee issues to senior cabinet ministers in the Canadian government. Sussman holds an M.A. in international affairs and economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. She lives in Toronto.

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