anthony’s tiny revolution

  • date: 2 october 2019
  • challenge category: democracy
  • selected tactic: tiny flash mob
  • difficulty rating: tricky
  • current status: completed

anthonys’ dance for democracy:

during a 30 minute brainstorm session the think tank discussed many wide ranging issues relating to anthony’s submission.
they came up with the idea of issues being decided by a public dance off.

the submission:

“I feel like democracy has been completely hijacked. Our leaders do not represent me or what I believe in – actually they are not leaders, they simply try and get reelected. What is true leadership? How can this be reclaimed – we have to forgo our ego and capitalist ‘principles’ – is the new leadership paradigm more diffuse and citizen-led/participatory?

Also Im open to other tactics if they seem better or emerge during the process.”

anthony, 2.10.19.

the thinking:

what is the idea we are moving forward with?

why is democracy failing us?
the public’s dissatisfaction with the way democracy works in australia has peaked. barely one in three voters trust the federal government. the majority of australians dislike patriarchal aggression of federal politics and no longer believe that politicians are held accountable for their false promises, corporate alleigences or spin-doctored lies. most of us want a different system, where we directly affect the change we want to see.

a political dance off flash mob style where we explore the basic premise of majority rule voting.

how can we do it?

script out a flash mob dance for democracy sequence to be carried out on mass in public.
think about appropriating language ‘the ayes have it’ ‘move a motion’
invite local dance artist to help us choreograph the action.
portable p.a unit. 
organise flash mob rehearsal before the event.

where does it need to take place?

hay street mall – perth
forrest place – perth

are there any legal implications to the activity?

space permission [permit].
noise, music and commentary.


tactic: flash mob