By Irene Bruna Seu, Shani Orgad
Drawing on an unique UK-wide examine of public responses to humanitarian matters and the way NGOs converse them, this well timed e-book offers the 1st evidence-based psychosocial account of ways and why humans reply or to not messages approximately far-off discomfort. The ebook highlights what NGOs search to accomplish of their communications and explores how their procedure and hopes fit or don’t fit what the general public wishes, thinks and feels approximately far away suffering
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That’s going back to what I said about Comic Relief. We have one night, I know people think it goes on for months around the year, but they have one night where they go ‘Give us your money now’, and throughout the night they’re saying ‘We’ve got 25 million, 30 million’. It’s a lot easier for people to go ‘Oh, it’s only a phone call’ so they ring up and give their details, they pay and then they forget about it. I think a lot of people think like that and it’s a weight off their mind. They think ‘Oh, I should probably give’, so then they do and then they think ‘Oh, that’s all right, they’ll be ﬁne now’.
Particular attention is paid to the block relating to the troubled relationship between NGOs and their publics. Based on these analyses, the chapter recommends a shift in the dynamics in the humanitarian triangle toward a relational rather than transactional model of participation in humanitarian issues, which would foster deeper public engagement. Keywords Bystanders Á The ‘3M’ model of psychosocial connectedness Á Blocks to public responsiveness Á Public engagement: Fleeting vs. B. B. Seu, S.
SEU communications are ﬁltered through common-sense beliefs or ‘stock scripts’ that are stuck and persist over time. For example, participants repeatedly referred to, using their words, ‘the Africa thing’ as a shorthand for all that is wrong with humanitarianism. Here Africa was not referred to as a geopolitical region but as a symbol of the chronic and intractable nature of international development and humanitarian causes in Africa. The following extracts from three different groups exemplify this: Milly: Hugo: Imogen: I think we’ve got used to, you know, the Africa thing .