CampaignCon last call + Occupy plus 5 + People-powered tech strategies
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Beautiful Rising’s new online campaign toolbox surfaces deep experience, insights, and innovative technology. Campaigners from the Global South contributed to the this multi-platform organising guide. Writing for MobLab, Søren Warburg and colleagues discuss how to use the platform to learn and create actions reflecting the complexity, courage and humor of global social movements.

Beautiful Rising's toolbox for change

Youth leadership around the globe is networked, participatory and based in locally-driven, globally connected social movements. That's according to The New Global Citizen: Harnessing Youth Leadership to Reshape Civil Society, a just-released report from Rhize. Authors outline ways for NGOs and others to close the widening gap between youth, political and civil society groups.

Writing about the fruits of Occupy, five years later, Jesse Myerson documents the many Occupy Wall Street movement spinoffs that have emerged. From Occupy Sandy to the Bernie Sanders race, Myerson argues that Occupy has proven an important building block for movements fighting social and economic injustice.

Juliet Mureriwa, a Ford Foundation staffer in South Africa, breaks down how the #ThisFlag campaign energized people power in Zimbabwe. A previously unknown pastor named Evan Mawarire posted a video on Facebook that went viral and people launched an online campaign that later moved to the streets. Mawarire was released and fled the country but, Mureriwa writes, "There are now many emerging 'Mawarires' who are finding ways to claim civic space. They are speaking out and organizing, and they insist on being able to operate without fear of intimidation or violence."

The many who now #StandWithStandingRock. Colleagues at 350 document over 200 local actions from London to Hawaii that sprung up in just a few days to support the indigenous-led resistance effort to block the Dakota Access pipeline (#NoDAPL) being constructed across the midwestern United States, including Native American sacred sites.

In The new politics: How the Internet changed everything, Matt Price writes that the Internet has blown up trust in political leaders, the rules of engagement have changed and, as a result, "the implication is that campaign communications in a digital era need to be as much an invitation as a proposition." It's not all about digital, though, as Price notes that smart campaigns leverage online work with a variety of grassroots organizing, fundraising, and traditional media work.

The future of campaign tech is up to the people. We're seeing new examples of people-powered tech development and strategy that put those most affected in position to craft creative platforms and tools for change. One project is WorkIt, which comes from Organization United for Respect, a group empowering employees at Walmart and other retail companies. ht Marianne Manilov.

Countries around the globe are deploying a range of tactics to close digital, media and public spaces to civil society dialog and organising as this dossier from the Heinrich Böll Foundation details. Squeezed – Space for Civil Society is a great resource with a wide range of examples. ht Mareike Britten.

Let's Learn

CampaignCon is filling up but there's still time to register. Join social change campaigners and activists from around the world for a technology and activism skillshare October 24-27 near Barcelona. CampaignCon participants will share expertise, build networks and capacity, learn from one another, and develop the plans and strategies needed to take technology-supported networked campaigning to the next level. Hope to see you in Catalonia!

Stories help us share and understand human experience. We may also use stories to hack society's operating systems says former Greenpeacer Brian Fitzgerald. Brian is leading a one day Storytelling for Activists training on October 5 in conjunction with ECampaigning Forum Europe in Berlin (which you can still apply to, by the way).

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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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