Change makers, how can I help you with social media strategy?

Giving time to help groups working on progressive social change is top of my Resolutions list in 2015. Do you know a cause I could help with? Here are details on what I can offer and how I am offering it. Continue reading


Erica Chenoweth’s Talk at TEDxBoulder: Civil Resistance and the “3.5% Rule”

Wondering what percentage of the public it takes to change the social order? Apparently it’s no more than 3.5%!


I gave a talk at TEDxBoulder on September 21st. It was a great event, and I shared the stage with over a dozen terrific speakers and a number of talented musicians. We shared our ideas with a sold-out audience of about 2,200 people, and I’ve never been more nervous giving a talk!

Here’s the video:

I anticipated that people might have questions about some of the claims I make in this talk, as well as some of the specific references I make. As you can imagine, when you have 12 minutes to tell a story, present some counterintuitive information, and try to make it engaging, there’s no time to fully reference your points. So I decided to post the script and expand it with a variety of links to sources, references, and resources for those interested in pursuing the topic further. There may be a few deviations/word changes here and…

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Reshaping the world in Melbourne

When the time comes that we all have to roll up our sleeves and rethink our unsustainable culture, I’m hoping it will look something like Memefest 2014. This convergence gave a glimpse of the energies that are unleashed when talented people with a common purpose get together to work towards progressive social change.

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Memefest: The best of the world’s critical art and communications in 2014

Am very happy to be involved in Memefest once again this year. Back in 2001, I heard about this crazy plan from my Slovenian friend Oliver and decided to help out. Today, this web based festival of “socially-responsive art and communication” has grown to become a global event with submissions from over 26 countries. Continue reading

95 Theses of Geek Activism

Here’s something I came across. A bit dated now but still lots to think about for geek activists today.

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Geek activism has not taken off yet, but it should. With the gamers recognizing the need for a louder voice, EFF gaining momentum and Linux taking on the mainstream on the one hand and recent severe losses in privacy, freedom of speech and intellectual property rights on the other, now seems to be the best time to rally around the cause.

Geeks are not known to be political or highly vocal (outside of our own circles)- this must change if we want things to improve. So here is my list of things people of all shapes, sizes and sides of the debate need to know. Some of these are obvious, others may not be meant for you. But hopefully, some of these will inspire you to do the right thing and others will help you frame the next discussion, debate or argument you have on these topics.

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Digital activism’s first constitution: The Seattle Statement

While gathering up my #Social for Survival book notes, I recently dug back into the proceedings of the Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility DIAC 2000 Conference. Now colored by the era in which it took place, the conference was titled ‘Shaping the Network Society: The Future of the Public Sphere in Cyberspace’. What made this gathering of geeks special was the fact that it came on the heels of the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle and therefore had a decidedly radical flair. Continue reading

ISIS, activists and Netwar: New fears, new hopes

What do ISIS militants and #OccupyWallStreet activists have in common? A lot, as it turns out, when viewed through the lens of security and defense analysis. Both operate as de-centralized nonstate entities, both swarmed and occupied physical spaces in ways that caught everyone off guard and both mastered the use of digital communications for added advantage in recruitment and logistics. In short, despite their vastly different motivations, tactics and social impacts, these movements are, each in their own way, a threat for governments precisely because they operate in ways that authorities find hard to predict and manage. Continue reading