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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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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#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.


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

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

Busting through climate change apathy: What will it take?

I’ll admit it. From a communications perspective, the challenge of making people care about climate change had me stumped. I mean, the complexity of the issue along with our enduring fixation with the economy and astounding capacity for denial has made this the Death Star of all social change issues. But quite recently, I have started to feel a shift in the wind. With the coming of the People’s Climate March and the release of Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything, there are signs that we’re just now figuring out how to crack this nut and gain some critical momentum. Continue reading