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!
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.
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
Here is a draft text from a book I am working on, which tells the Indymedia genesis story from my point of view and reflects on its lasting impact. Those were some times! Continue reading
I am now officially working on a book proposal to make #Social for Survival into a published and widely distributed blueprint for social change. Below is my first try at a synopsis. Your comments and feedback are most welcome! Continue reading
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
In honour of this year’s theme for Memefest: The International Festival of Socially Responsive Art and Communication, I will speak to role of capital-D dialogue as an agent of social change. And because I am too impatient to be a theorist, I will speak to the promise and limits of dialogue drawing from ‘real life’ experiences. Continue reading