Changing change part 1: networks and digital organising. Continuous mobile Internet access is more global than ever, shifting who starts, leads and organises campaigns. That's one observation in an important analysis by Nicole Carty, SumOfUs senior campaigner. Look for more changes, she writes, as network-based power becomes a norm rather than an exception. [Note: Nicole is also a trainer the next Digital Momentum session. Find out more below.]
What if you invited EVERYONE to your nonviolent direct action?
Nonviolent direct actions are typically small, tightly scripted events that the media and public only observe from a distance. But what if anyone could participate? Greenpeace and other groups are testing open NVDA as mobile and social media has helped change people's expectations of engagement–and the need to spread power has grown. Emily Armistead reports for MobLab on Greenpeace New Zealand's recent open NVDA action in Auckland.
Changing change part 2: new organisations. Digital advocacy groups like GetUp! in Australia, Campact in Germany, and India's Jhatkaa are a powerful new form of civil society organization, write Nina Hall and Phil Ireland in Stanford Social Innovation Review. They're a new model that prioritises nimbleness and recognises that interdependent social issues require collaborative movement builidng.
The state of tech's role in solving the refugee crisis: it's complicated. Lina Srivastava's recap of a Personal Democracy Forum panel examines groups from Italy to Somalia to Central America creating promising apps and other tools to lessen the burdens of refugee life. Meanwhile, Krithika Varagur strikes a skeptical chord, writing that tech solutions have limited impact on the crisis. It's all part of a trend, she continues, of the "Silicon-ificiation of the whole world, where every problem is a profit opportunity."
Mining text message data for public health. Text analysis is providing U.S. based Crisis Text Line and mental health researchers with data that is innovating and refocusing mental health services. Crisis Text Line's Liz Eddy told Tech Insider that they're "...working with social media apps, search engines, messaging apps and other tech companies to help them provide support and resources to their users who are in crisis."
Change.org is ch-ch-ch-changing. A shift from sponsored petitions to crowdfunding has profound implications for campaigning organizations writes David Karpf in Civicist. Does the shift signal that there may be more potential power in direct donations from a cause-aware public than through membership lists?
Did a social media campaign shift Australia's election? A WeChat-based campaign mobilised Chinese immigrants against the Labor party, according to a recent Guardian story. WeChat was fertile ground for innovative organising of a population that connects and get news there. "It spreads so fast and took everyone by surprise," a Labor party candidate told the Guardian. [via Andrew Davies]
People power raises wages. Can it do more? Sarah Jaffe chronicles the genesis of America's FightFor15 campaign and its successful mobilisation for higher wages. Jaffe writes: "When you begin to tackle power at its source and make big, ambitious demands, you can shift the debate on a more fundamental level." With that, what's next? A lot, it seems. Campaigners in New York are tackling exploitative financial practices and the city's overpriced housing market.