Beautiful Rising has risen. Organisers call it a handy guide, tailored to the pragmatic needs of the everyday troublemaker. The site, built with lessons and learnings from the global South, is an interactive platform for building better movements and more powerful actions.
Writer Natasha Lennard talks with Nicholas Mirzoeff about why some digital protests are able to transform into organised movements with the power to impact communities, media and policy and others remain outraged protests. It's an engaging conversation that points to examples from around the globe.
Tactical Tech released results of a two-year study on how marginalised groups in Africa are grappling with issues of visibility and anonymity using mobile phones, social media and messaging applications. The report includes interviews with nearly 70 LGBTQ activists in Kenya and housing and land rights activists in South Africa.
Designer Matt Scharpnick argues that most social sector communications campaigns have the same problems: they take few chances, are content to be just "good enough" and rely on measurements that don't tie to success. If that sounds familiar, Matt offers challenges, examples and ways to rethink what "taking chances" means.
How do organisers get people to rely on (and support) others in networks? Startup founders have similar questions when trying to scale growth. Anu Hariharan's slide deck on network effects could help campaigners (not just entrepreneurs) understand how to grow networks of people that support one another for change.
Iranians have to go jump through more technology hoops than others, writes United for Iran's Firuzeh Mahmoudi, but their persistent use of online activism is winning the release of political prisoners, promoting transparency, protecting human rights and more.
Why bring design thinking into your work? The MobLab team has found design thinking principles to be helpful in creating (and facilitating) mobilisation strategy with diverse teams. In Stanford Social Innovation Review, Jeff Wishnie of the United Nations Foundation's Digital Impact Alliance and IDEO's Jocelyn Wyatt talk about how to think about and deploy design thinking's iterative, user-focused methods.
Connect and grow networks using micro-collaborations, finding many ways to connect people's needs and abilities, and encouraging generous exchange of resources. Beth Tener offers these and other great resources for organisers and network builders.
Text messages are busting myths and delivering critical health info in Mozambique where the UNICEF-funded ‘SMS-Biz’ project is working with 10 to 24-year-olds in 40 schools in Gaza province. The free and anonymous text message service delivers frank and factual information in a region where one in four people are HIV positive and sex education is not taught in schools.
Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of Color of Change, spoke with Senti Sojwal for Feministing about movements, media, change and power.
Liz Barry writes for Civicist about how mobilisation and tech are impacting governance in Taiwan. Technologists and political activists have pivoted from the Sunflower Movement's collaborative organising of 2014 to a series of participatory democracy experiments.
We Can Decide: Black Power through Participatory Budgeting by Rosanna Mercedes, a member of Black Youth Project 100, shows how technology is used to engage community members, shift resources and build citizen power. Engaging people gives them real (and direct) control over money and creates power, Mercedes writes, providing rationale (and responsibility) to be involved in community decision making.
Now is your chance to take the 2016 Global NGO Online Technology Survey and help Nonprofit Tech for Good report on how the state of tech use around the world. Would be great to see a strong response from outside the US and Europe.
In this week's edition of "Learning from Mark (Zuckerberg)" we note that the Facebook founder is no stranger to digital security. Zuckerberg covers his laptop camera and microphone. Stephen Cobb, a security researcher at ESET, tells the New York Times that you don't have to be a wealthy CEO to be at risk.
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