How do you train a Rainbow Warrior?
On Board Campaign Training. 3 trainers and the crew of the Rainbow Warrior induct 12 Trainees into life aboard a ship and non-violent direct action at sea. From writing a ship's proposal to how to launch boats, it's an intense & unforgettable role-play adventure.
- Fresh from efforts to #SaveTheDugongs in Okinawa, the Greenpeace Ship Rainbow Warrior is in Keelung, conducting an On Board Campaign Training. 12 recruits, all seasoned Greenpeace activists on land, will get an intensive week of maritime, security, legal, communications, and action training. How do you do that? Well, in addition to conventional training techniques we role play. We take actual events from 40 years of campaigning at sea, concentrate it into several action scenarios, and turn the ship into a stage. The trainees write a ship's proposal. They create action plans. They wrestle with how to engage more people, throw a brighter spotlight, create the kind of visible moment that starts a conversation about how to build a better world. Then they take to the water, and make it happen. There will be fear. There will be frayed nerves. There will be fights and tears and the kind of camaraderie you can only know when you and every one on board puts their life into one another's hands.
- Day 1 : Powerpoint! Powerpoint! Powerpoint! Today we orient everyone in life on board: help clean the mess, here's where we recycle EVERYTHING on board, water is precious, this is the jib, here's what the Bosun does, it's porthole/hatch/starboard not window/door/right and safety at sea, and present a day-long set of modules that tries to orient everyone in the various roles on board. We give campaigners a crash course in communications 101, we give communicators a crash course in campaigning 101, we try to give everyone an idea of what all the other roles on board do... to prepare them to step out of their daily role (and their comfort zone), and take on a different job, and watch someone do their job from a new perspective.
- Good news and bad news today. Three of our folks have been denied re-entry visas, so our plan to sail out of Taiwan and back is scotched. BUT, our request to be able to launch boats (including sailboats!) has been granted, so we're moving to a new berth with more room and will continue the training with everyone. Nobody gets left behind.
- From a training two years ago: And if they learn nothing else, they’ll get an inkling of how passion and love and creativity and fierce dedication turn these hollow souls of steel and wood from ships to living spirits; part home, part friend, part fickle tormentor, part sleepless guardians of the Earth.