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