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Over 120 campaigners from 43 countries met outside Barcelona in late-October at CampaignCon to build the skills, leadership and networks needed to win in a world of increasing political challenges and technological complexity.

MobLab collaborated with nine other global campaign organisations to co-convene CampaignCon. Check out our latest recap to get an inside look into the conversations happening about threats to campaigning and campaigners, using new technology to engage millions more people, getting new resources to local campaigns, sustaining powerful knowledge sharing networks and more innovations from the front lines of change making in Africa, Asia, Latin America and beyond.


Do results of last week's U.S. presidential election count as a people-powered win for Donald Trump? A call to action for people power in progressive campaigns? Both? Something else? Between bleary-eyed Facebook feeds and long talks with colleagues about how we got here and where to go next we pulled a few articles that caught our eye:

Cory Doctorow explains the threatening state of global surveillance now that Donald Trump and his team will oversee one of the world's largest surveillance programs. He ends with a call to action: "If we are to win the fights for human rights and human dignity, we must have a free, fair and open internet to fight with. It starts now."

Some post-election analysts suggest that Hillary Clinton's loss means data isn't as important to campaigns as we thought. But perhaps it's about looking at the right data the right way. Joshua Green and Sasha Issenberg write about what the Trump data team saw early on.

A data algorithm nicknamed Ada ran 400,000 simulations a day for the Clinton campaign. Washington Post explains how Ada worked (and didn't).

In ¡Nunca Mas! People Powered Strategy in the Time of Trump, Doyle Canning of the Center for Story-Based Strategy writes that people-powered movements are critical to the world's response. She describes how to connect movements and networks with: 1. Shared values 2. Symbols, and 3. Coordinated acts of daily resistance.


Social media is a key communications and network building channel for indigenous groups and supporters protesting construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. But many stories are focusing on social media engagement as slacktivism instead of network building.

Global networks of indigenous resistance are rising for Standing Rock, including the Tsleil-Waututh of Canada’s west coast and the Lummi nation of Washington State.

American activist Malkia Cyril weighs in with SFist on recent news about Geofeedia working with social media platforms to track track of community organizers. There must be, she says, "rules that restrict their use of third party vendors to spy on protestors and activists."


The successful "Text for Bernie" project evolved during the final stages of campaign to send millions of interactive text messages. Jessica McKenzie describes plans to bring these tools to advocacy campaigners. [Civicist : 4 Nov]

Mobilisation of black voters in the U.S. via text-a-thons brought together hundreds of volunteers together to send over a million messages. [Voting While Black : 17 Oct]

A media professor and a global network of campaigners plan to turn Twitter into a user-run co-op. [Wired : 7 Nov]

Can putting data in people's hands help bring clean water to billions of people in need? [The Guardian : 27 Oct]

Real humans tweeting about the American election spent a surprising amount of time arguing with robots. [CNN Money : 18 Oct]

But if you're building bots for good (not just to distract or send fake news) then here's a great set of design and interaction insights. [Joe Toscano : 26 Oct]

Let's Learn

The OPEN-US Kairos Fellowship is taking applications until Nov 30. Great U.S. based program that matches emerging digital campaigners of color with mentors in national and state NGOs. Great learning opportunity for participants and mentors.

Randall Smith of Powerlabs is hosting a free one-hour webinar effectively using Facebook Live to amplify actions and engage people in movement building. Register for the December 1 event now.

Social Movement Technologies is offering matching grants to $3,000 or $10,000 to campaign organisations and networks. Funding supports training, mentoring and digital strategy services. Deadline 21 November.

Last call for Rootscamp 2016, happening Nov 18 - 20 in Washington, DC.

+Acumen has a great list of 10 must-listen podcasts for anyone working in social change. Have one to add? Click reply and tell us what you're listening to.

Data meets social change campaigning at From Possibilities to Responsibilities – an event at Stanford University in early February.

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Curation and writing via Ted Fickes and Tom Liacas. Have digital and people powered campaign news to share? We want to hear about it! Send your news to @MobilisationLab and spread the word.


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