Instead of resisting, the clown collaborates; instead of obeying and hating,
the rebel clown mocks and slips away.
In my call-out on Facebook for workshop participants for Newcastle and Bristol I have had the biggest response to this photo with over 46 shares and 85 likes. It is from a fantastically inspiring book called 'Street Spirit' by Steve Crawshaw and shows protesters at the G-8 summit in 2007. For me this image reveals the power of subversion and gentle resistance the clown can bring. It also highlights a principle from Toolbox for a Revolution about putting targets into a decision dilemma. The negative reaction from the Riot Police to the clowns could mock their authority but to leave them there does the same.