Dispatch 09/18: Open Campaigns; #CampaignZero; Crowdfunding for Syrian refugees

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.

When people move faster than NGOs. Heart-wrenching photos of drowned Alan Kurdi helped mobilise grassroots support for refugees, often through crowdfunding. The #BuyPens campaign raised over $180K on Indiegogo to support a Syrian refugee father. Others offered housing, brought supplies to refugees or organised transit convoys. Again, we’re reminded how technology and connectivity are allowing people to move faster than NGOs (and governments) in times of crisis. Continue reading

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Dispatch 09/13: YouStink is what people-power smells like; Stay safe out there (privacy + security); Aussies stop immigration sweeps

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.

Stay Safe Out There! Operational Security for CampaignersJason Tashea recently spoke with security experts and online privacy leaders in this 3-part series examining the threats campaigners face and implementable solutions.

Find out more about tools you can use to protect yourself and your data, how you can shift your organisation’s online security culture, and ways to understand how much risk you’re facing from hackers, governments or thieves. Continue reading

Distributed activism: Getting autonomy right

In social change circles, a lot of thought and innovation these days goes into ‘distributed organizing’ approaches. These are approaches which, to varying degrees, pass control and agency of a campaign over to their followers or to grassroots volunteers that are willing to self-start their own local chapters.

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The climate movement’s explosive growth

For those deeply concerned by the current climate crisis, myself included, here’s some good news! While researching an article on the climate movement’s use of social networks, I was able to scan the full extent of the global groups seeded through the efforts of campaigners at 350.org. The results are breathtaking! Continue reading

The tech sector: Friend or foe of changemakers worldwide?

In a recent Guardian piece, I covered some promising human rights initiatives helped along by tech sector companies, both large and small. This subject is a thorny one, for many good reasons. Activists are very suspicious tech giants and this suspicion tends to get transposed on the sector as a whole. At the same time, there are a lot of apps, hacks and strategic uses of social networks that are helping activists worldwide. Continue reading

#NoKXL and #Fightfor15: #OccupyWallStreet re-engineered for victory?

In this article recently published in Open Democracy, I examine new anti-corporate movements against the model established by Manuel Castells shortly after the Arab Spring uprisings and Occupy Wall Street.

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From Egypt to Iceland, the citizen movements behind the Arab Spring through to the Indignados caught the world’s imagination as they rocked or overthrew the political and economic establishment. A considerable volume of headlines and academic analyses have been devoted to the ‘networked revolutions’ that have swept in with such spectacular speed and power, even as their lasting political impact is actively debated. Continue reading

#Fightfor15 + #BlackLivesMatter + #OccupyWallStreet: A network-building success story

I recently published an article in the Guardian Sustainable Business section that tracked the movement to raise the  U.S. minimum wage (AKA the “Fight for 15“) and the pressure it puts on retail brands. From a next generation social movement perspective, this cause is also an excellent case study of successful network building.

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2015: Year of the Underdog?

We all know it. The planet’s problems are legion and there is no shortage of news about looming crises, conflicts and terror. If you’re looking for the bright side this year, I would argue that it rests with the world’s rising social network movements and their ability to mobilize people and power towards rapid social change.

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Social network strategy for social causes (French Slideshare)

For those who read French, you can view the recent presentation I delivered to Équiterre, an important ENGO that does good work here in Québec. The focus is on elements of social media strategy that are especially well suited to social and environmental campaigns as well as NGO membership building and fundraising.