BRUSSELS — Are NGOs in Brussels radical enough? Not just in their attempts to alter legislation as it winds through the European Union’s lawmaking process, but in seeking systemic change?
“Not enough by half,” according to NGO leader Laura Sullivan.
A few days after stepping down as regional director for Europe and the Americas at ActionAid — a charity she has worked with for a decade — the 38-year-old Irish native met with Devex to distill how she thinks civil society groups can maximize their impact in the EU.
“We focus so much on the [policy and lawmaking] institutions, without thinking about what Greenpeace calls ‘mind bombing’: changing the received understanding of how things are and chipping away at those narratives.”