Ambassadors!…. Ready to act?
Ambassadors of P.A.I.N. can work in overt or subtle ways to spread awareness and make change - via their technical riders and contracts, via private conversations and questions, and via the public platforms where they have visibility.
Ambassadors of P.A.I.N. integrate these tactics into their practices in creative ways – and to different extents. Some do it subtly, others with charm, & some carry sharpened weapons & loud trumpets...
Feel free to select, modify and invent actions that make the most sense for your context.
You can also home-print the condensed Amabassador's Tactics pamphlet here
HERE ARE EVERYDAY TACTICS...
> Inform yourself - study the P.A.I.N. Solutions Toolkit & FAQ's
> Apply the Solutions Toolkit to your own organisation / practice...
Then spread the word:
> Converse with your colleagues & partners about P.A.I.N. solutions.
> Put a P.A.I.N. statement on your website, platforms, or email signature - maybe something like this?
> Use and share the P.A.I.N.stagram!
> On social media use the hashtag #PlasticintheArtsIsntNormal. Use #noplastic or #plasticfree to connect with the larger movement.
...AND TACTICS FOR WHEN YOU'RE AWAY FROM HOME
Visiting a festival or venue?
Going on tour as an artist, producer, educator, technician, curator, writer, intern or other art-worker?
One of the best ways to raise awareness and make change in plastic-use is through your personal contact with arts organisations - as a professional or as audience. When you are invited to or visit a new arts context, consider which of these Ambassador tactics you can use….
• Before leaving home, be prepared:
> Rider & Contract >
A rider is often part of the contract that artists & producers sign with the institutions where their work is shown. The P.A.I.N rider is an excellent way to ask those institutions to consider and declare their plastic-use practices. It’s also an excellent way to ask for the conditions that you want enacted while you work, live and eat as their visitor.
The P.A.I.N. rider tools are possible, adaptable additions to your current rider so you can negotiate the best possible P.A.I.N. conditions in advance. It is your choice whether they should be non-negotiable demands, or requests that can be discussed, clarified and adapted. Negotiating the P.A.I.N. rider will also alert you if you’re about to enter a P.A.I.N.ful situation…
However, not all institutions & organisations are capable of meeting the requests in the rider - the main purpose is therefore to raise awareness and encourage future change by offering concrete solutions (via the P.A.I.N. Solutions Toolkit).
> Email a statement to the host organisation >
Early in your communication with a venue or institution (after it becomes clear you will work together) it’s a good idea to announce your extra role as a P.A.I.N. Ambassador… Consider including a statement like this in your email correspondence.
This statement could be included in the emails that come from the different members of your team (artist, producer, technical director) who will negotiate working conditions with different members of the hosting team. For example, it’s useful to send this statement to the hosting venue’s artistic leaders, as well as their production team and technical team, because each department will handle different aspects of your rider and contract.
> Pack printed material to give away >
Stickers, Ambassador pamphlets, Solutions Toolkit pamphlets - be ready to spread awareness with anyone you meet!
• Then On Location:
Experiencing P.A.I.Nful situations? If you encounter avoidable plastics at your host's venue/festival/event - then it’s time to de-normalise, spread the word, and recruit new Ambassadors of P.A.I.N.
> Personal conversations with host team >
One of the best ways to raise awareness is through personal conversations with people from the arts organisation hosting you.
You might mention plastic-use issues that directly relate to the work you’re engaged in, or practices you’re observing around you at their venue/festival/event. The best way to enter these communications is to be prepared and informed - study the Solutions Toolkit and FAQ’s so you can answer their questions and suggest solutions for better plastic practices. Carry the printed Solutions Toolkit pamphlets to give away.
Keep in mind these strategies:
>> Keep the conversation positive - avoid individuals feeling attacked for institutional problems. With a ‘love-bomb approach’ you might describe how great it will be when they solve xx problem (with xx solution). Humour helps!
>> Choose who you speak to (and how). Conversations with everyone are great for awareness - but harassing an intern about the piles of plastic cups at the conference isn’t fair cause they probably have no say in the matter - better to joke with them about it and ask who’s responsible. Serious conversations are best with the people who can make or ask for change in the organisation. Try targeting top-level responsibles…
> If the issue is “outsourced” >
e.g. the catering company brings their plastic disposable cutlery to the venue, consider directly contacting these companies too (eg. tweet @ subcontracted caterers...).
> If you’re appearing publicly >
Consider speaking up, either lightly (eg. a joke or comment) or explicitly (eg. intervene in a public moment with a prepared statement).
> Use your social media channels >
Post a photo of the conference table that's full of plastic bottles, with the hashtag #PlasticintheArtsIsntNormal.
Or use #noplastic to connect with the larger movement.
> Act anonymously >
By putting up stickers on the walls, or posting images on the P.A.I.N.stagram
> OR if your host has positive non-plastic solutions >
Then CELEBRATE IT! Congratulate them, let them know you appreciate their good practices. Mention it on social media.
> Recruit new Ambassadors of P.A.I.N.! >
Strike up conversations with colleagues and audience members, and give the P.A.I.N. Ambassador pamphlet and stickers to those interested.
• Follow up afterwards:
> Pursue issues by contacting hosts afterwards. Check if they’re aware how plastic is used at their event, and how you noticed it wasn’t normal.
> If you've recruited new P.A.I.N. Ambassadors, follow up by sending them info and the P.A.I.N. website address.