Memefest 2016: Calling world-changing creatives and strategists!

I am proud to have been involved in Memefest, the global online festival of “socially-responsive communication” from its early days. Each year, Memefest offers young communicators a chance to hone their skills in support of social and environmental activism. This year, the new Mobilization section also evaluates and celebrates great planning and strategic innovations in social change campaigning.

The article below, originally published on Ricochet, gives you the full scoop. Deadline for submissions is September 20th!

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Dispatch 01/03: Bernie’s digital army, protest in Iran and India, hacking the refugee crisis

In collaboration with Mobilisation Lab, here is a recent roundup of grassroots-powered movement news from around the world. To receive the Mobilisation Lab Dispatch directly each week, please sign up here. If you have ideas for reports that should be in future Dispatches, please contact me here.

Grassroots-led campaigning spreads across the US. fascinating look at the distributed organizing approach behind the Bernie Sanders presidential features insights from veteran network organizing strategists Zack Exley and Becky Bond. Continue reading

Dispatch 09/02: High stakes activism in Mexico; Taking on harassment with Heartmob and more…

In collaboration with Mobilisation Lab, here is a recent roundup of grassroots-powered movement news from around the world. To receive the Mobilisation Lab Dispatch directly each week, please sign up here. If you have ideas for reports that should be in future Dispatches, please contact me here.

(Very) high stakes community activism. Vice offers up a chilling account of how anonymous activists in Mexico are using social media to resist control of their communities by powerful narco gangs. Not for the faint of heart!

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Dispatch 01/02: Gvts hacking activists, tech + activism = digital democracy

In collaboration with Mobilisation Lab, here is a recent roundup of grassroots-powered movement news from around the world. To receive the Mobilisation Lab Dispatch directly each week, please sign up here. If you have ideas for reports that should be in future Dispatches, please contact me here.

“Hacking activists has become common practice for governments around the world,” affirm the authors of an Amnesty International roundup of recent cases in which governments covertly private communications of human rights organizations. Continue reading

Dispatch 18/12: Make pills not bombs, geotagged protest and more

In collaboration with Mobilisation Lab, here is a recent roundup of grassroots-powered movement news from around the world. To receive the Mobilisation Lab Dispatch directly each week, please sign up here. If you have ideas for reports that should be in future Dispatches, please contact me here.

Your online followers really do matter. Social scientists at the University of Pennsylvania describe how the “critical periphery” (online networks reachable by on the ground activists) play a key role in extending reach and impact. Changing your Facebook profile photo may not be marching in the streets but it can have measurable results. Continue reading

Dispatch 11/27: Data driven advocacy, Rickrolling ISIS and more

In collaboration with Mobilisation Lab, here is a recent roundup of grassroots-powered movement news from around the world. To receive the Mobilisation Lab Dispatch directly each week, please sign up here. If you have ideas for reports that should be in future Dispatches, please contact me here.

Data-driven advocacy is the daily work of two scientists who are leveraging this approach for local environmental protection. Whether the issues are the dangers of fracking or the invasive spread of cane toads, people are crowdsourcing analysis of digital incident reports from open government sources to make stronger, and more visually compelling, cases for policy change.

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Innovations in networked movement building: Distributed activism as practiced by 350.org and Hollaback!

I recently had the pleasure of presenting my research on 350.org and Hollaback!’s innovations in distributed campaigning at the Goldsmiths, University of London Social Media Activism and Organisations conference. A summary of my observations is presented below as well as a full video of my talk. Continue reading

Dispatch 10/23: Activism in Northeast Asia, #Idlenomore crowdfunder and more

In collaboration with Mobilisation Lab, here is a recent roundup of grassroots-powered movement news from around the world. To receive the Mobilisation Lab Dispatch directly each week, please sign up here. If you have ideas for reports that should be in future Dispatches, please contact me here.

THE KAYAKTIVISTS HEARD ROUND THE WORLD
Kayaktivists heard round world with digital storytelling
Thousands of people in Seattle and Portland took to the water and put their bodies in front of Shell’s Arctic drilling plans earlier this year. In Creating Global Impact with Digital Storytelling, Nithin Coca writes for MobLab about how activists and campaigners are using livestreams, social media and storytelling techniques to turn local voices into a worldwide call for action. Continue reading

Dispatch 10/13: Government trolls, Crowdsourcing corporate cheats, Social media blackout and more

In collaboration with Mobilisation Lab, here is a recent roundup of grassroots-powered movement news from around the world. To receive the Mobilisation Lab Dispatch directly each week, please sign up here. If you have ideas for reports that should be in future Dispatches, please contact me here.

Crowdsourced tech –> the end of corporate scandals? Michael Shrage, commenting on Volkswagen’s recent “Diesel-gate” in Harvard Business Review, wonders whether increased vigilance from digital activists means companies won’t be able to cheat in the future. Shrage looks to a future in which activists, paired with devices that can track and verify data behind business claims, will force corporate transparency especially around hot-button issues such as pollution and climate change. Continue reading

Dispatch 10/1: Open campaigns manifesto; Russian pothole shaming; #FreeKaren

In collaboration with Mobilisation Lab, here is a recent roundup of grassroots-powered movement news from around the world. To receive the Mobilisation Lab Dispatch directly each week, please sign up here. If you have ideas for reports that should be in future Dispatches, please contact me here.

Would you let your campaign targets review your theory of change? Greenpeace strategist Pierre Terras shares his experience doing that in Trusting the people: A manifesto on open campaigning. Pierre tells of how having an outdoor clothing industry representative at a Detox planning session aided the campaign. Continue reading