New Society Publishers Presents:
RHETORIC FOR RADICALS
A Handbook for Twenty-First Century Activists
By Jason Del Gandio
Radicals have important messages to deliver but are often so caught up in the passion of their causes that they lose sight of effective communication -- which is their biggest tool. Crucial to the cause is the ability to speak with clarity and intelligence, without underestimating the challenge of breaking new ground and winning new converts.
Activists often suffer from a credibility gap because of their lack of coherent message and strategic delivery. Rhetoric for Radicals addresses and helps solve these problems. It provides the tools to develop the all-important communication skills necessary to be effectively heard. If you accept that communication creates the social world, then you will agree that changing the way we communicate can change the world.
Jason Del Gandio is a writer, thinker, teacher, and activist dedicated to local and global justice. Born in 1974 and raised in a New Jersey working class family, Jason spent his summers doing construction and carpentry with his father. There he learned the rigors of manual labor and the realities of capitalism. Jason was attracted to underground subcultures and non-traditional experiences during his late teens, which led him to philosophical inquiry and cultural critique. He began pursuing questions about human existence, the purpose of life, and alternative ways of being in the world.
As a college student, he studied philosophy and speech communication. As a graduate student, he studied the philosophy of communication and performance studies. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on the human vibe, which, to the best of his knowledge, is the first and only study of its kind. During his graduate studies, he was heavily impacted by the 1999 W.T.O. protests in Seattle, WA. Witnessing fifty-thousand people shut down an international institution moved Jason in a different direction. He turned to activism and the politics of globalization.
Since then he has marched in the streets and stood face-to-face with riot police. He has worked on fair trade, Latin American solidarity, and anti-war campaigns. He has designed and taught college courses such as The Rhetoric of Globalization and Public Advocacy. And he has traveled to Venezuela where he experienced the Bolivarian revolution—a deeply moving experience that opened his eyes to the real possibility of social revolution. Over the past few years, Jason has been working on the theory and practice of “neo-radicalism”—a way of changing the world through rhetoric and communication. That is the underlying theme to his first book, Rhetoric for Radicals: A Handbook for Twenty-First Century Activists. Some of his other writings can be viewed online at Dissident Voice, the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, Re-Public, Metaphilm, ephemera, Liminalities, and Cultural Logic.
Jason is currently an Assistant Professor of Public Communication at Temple University in Philadelphia.
His life's goal: To change the world without taking power.