The Copenhagen Experiment: testing the effectiveness of creative vs. conventional forms of activism
On a busy bridge in Copenhagen, Denmark, C4AA Co-Founder and Research Director Stephen Duncombe, along with Silas Harrebye, designed and staged a public experiment. They tested the comparative effect and affect of creative vs. more conventional forms of activism over a three day period.
By analyzing differences and similarities on several levels including:
they found that a creative approach was more effective at delivering on awareness, engagement, and receptiveness than conventional means.
Another exciting result: people they interviewed and observed were more positive towards the creative interventions than more conventional ones. Follow-up surveys revealed that creative activism proved to be more memorable and result in more ensuing action on the issues.
The study is now published in the Social Movement Studies journal.
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