Creative Disruption

Visually, creatively disrupt a speaker at an event where there is already a lot of publicity.

Examples of Creative Disruption

Creative disruption is a way to visually, creatively disrupt a speaker at an event where there is already a lot of publicity. The more creative the better!

Glitter bombs, aka the throwing of glitter onto anti-LGBT politicians, is a perfect creative disruption. It doesn’t disrupt a speaker to the point of disrupting their free speech, but it makes an impression. CODEPINK demonstrated caused a creative disruption when, during a Q&A session after a speech by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, they silently surrounded the stage with “Stop Funding War” signs. Singing to disrupt is also powerful, and it creates sympathy.

How can you adapt this to peace advocacy? Here are some ideas:

Creative disruptions can be powerful change agents – and they also reinvigorate your membership with new protest ideas and may attract new members. Here are some ideas:

  • Disrupt a pro-war speaker, with silent signs, or by breaking out into the song “Imagine” or “War, What Is It Good For?” with other activists.
  • Attend the campaign of a political candidate you disagree with, and bring a sign. On one side, have a pro-candidate sign. Take a photo w/ the candidate, but flip your poster to another side, with a message about their pro-war/pro-hate speech, etc. record.

To contribute ideas or for any questions you might have please contact Kate Alexander, Director of Policy and Outreach