Campaigning with Virtual Reality + FutureShifting + Crowdsourcing constitutions + Decentralising the Web
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Rasmus Törnqvist of Greenpeace Nordic tells Ben Valentine in a story for MobLab that Virtual Reality "provides a unique opportunity to take millions of people to the arctic." Valentine spoke with Törnqvist, Greenpeace's Pete Speller and other VR filmmakers to find out why A Journey to the Arctic is impacting Arctic campaigning, how VR establishes viewer empathy, and the critical role of campaigners in guiding the user's VR experience.

What Greenpeace is learning from VR in campaigns

Campaign teams can do better and win bigger by identifying and supporting marginalised staff writes Kaytee Ray-Riek for MobLab. Kaytee notes that while we all struggle in this area, there are clear strategies for making team culture work for everyone.

"People are just waiting to be asked to do big things" Becky Bond tells Brian Beutler in a recent New Republic interview. Bond, a key member of Senator Bernie Sanders's U.S. presidential campaign, also talks about volunteers creating campaign tools and how staff empowered them to take on campaign responsibilities at scale. Their experience points a way towards large distributed, people-led efforts.

Sound and simple movement-building principles are found in a list curated by Tom Baker. It's hard for harried campaigners to put excellence into practice–all the more reason to remind ourselves of the basics.

Will Iceland’s crowdsourced constitution see the light of day? This and other questions make for an interesting discussion with Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Iceland’s Pirate Party candidate who just happens to be favored in an upcoming election race.

The FutureShift Library identifies speculative fiction exploring social good and inspiring people to conceive of a better world. Count us in as readers (and viewers) of these books, TV shows, films and other media. Jo Miles and Amanda Kloer–the creatives behind FutureShift–hope you'll read, watch and add to FutureShift.

What are the options for reforming the global tech industry? Anil Dash writes an insightful piece that looks to direct, networked activism examples like #BlackLivesMatter for guidance in turning tech away from its exclusionary, privacy threatening practices that rely on unregulated (and insecure) labor.

And in TechCrunch, Matthew Hodgson fills readers in on efforts of a Web 3.0 movement seeking to bring a decentralised World Wide Web back to the forefront. By focusing on privacy, security and data portability, Hodgson writes, a decentralised web will allow all to participate, become less vulnerable to corporate and government interference, and support innovation that benefits all.

Some online petitions have "A Theory of Awesome" writes David Karpf, and that's ok. Karpf, Jason Mogus and Kate Krontiris weigh in on the petition utility vs. futility debate for Moyers & Company by highlighting the tactical value of well-crafted petitions as well as the weakness of campaigns that don’t go beyond gathering a list of signatories.

The recent explosion of politically-charged social media use in Africa, notably via Facebook and WhatsApp, has caught the attention of repressive leaders such as Robert Mugabe, who have come to see its use by the opposition as a considerable threat. The New York Times documents repressive measures, such as hikes on data fees, that have slowed but not halted the momentum of bottom-up resistance.

See also a 30 Sep Advox story about increased risks from online political communications in Tanzania.

Let's play! NextCity writes that Rise Up: The Game of People and Power teaches about movement building and people power. The idea of Brian Van Slyke, the game is currently in start-up mode as a Kickstarter campaign.

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The ReFrame Mentorship is looking for its third class of participants. Applications are accepted until Nov 11. Organisers are hosting an informational webinar on Oct 20. Great program pairing social change organisers who want to learn more with mentors from campaign organisations.

Wellstone Action is offering a one-day Movement Technology Training focusing on digital organising and analytics in Oakland, California, on October 21.

Learn to more effectively shift the standard paradigm by taking the UnSchool's online course Systems Thinking: The Disruptive Design Methodology. Editor's note: I'm taking the course now. So far so good!

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