Update: The Mobilisation Cookbook–the Greenpeace guide to people powered campaigning–is now available in five languages. Visit The Mobilisation Cookbook to get versions in Arabic, Spanish and two variants of Chinese (as well as English). Thanks to Raquel Muñoz, Vanessa van Donselaar and a team of volunteers for making additional languages possible.
In Indonesia, available land ownership maps are inaccurate and unreliable. This lack of clarity makes it almost impossible to hold parties accountable for the country's ongoing human-caused forest fires. After years of government inaction, Greenpeace Indonesia worked with allies to build Kepo Hutan, an open and public-facing mapping tool using available data. The platform is supporting better corporate decisions, helping local and indigenous communities, and modeling change for the government.
Sam Gregory at WITNESS shared examples of how they're using livestreaming to connect activists, campaigners and the public happening around the globe. Recent project tests include Mobile-Eyes Us and Alternative Rio livestreams during the recent summer Olympics. Interesting use of public "action tags" to add context to streams and help offsite activists move content to broader audiences.
The landscape of global mobilisation is shifting, writes Irũngũ Houghton in Transformation. Global South governments are restricting communications and financing of international civil society orgs while local activists demand new models of cross-border organising based on peer-to-peer learning and collaboration. Houghton identifies five disempowering traits that international NGOs must shift away from in response.
Several social networks cut ties with Geofeedia, a company that offers police and others tools to track people using social media. But, Cameron Dell writes in Daily Dot, police in the U.S. continue to use dozens of tools to monitor social network activities of activists, social movements and others. We doubt this is a situation unique to the United States.
Speaking of social data, ProPublica recently launched an interesting series of public-facing (i.e. user friendly) reports on what Facebook and other companies are gathering about you and how resulting algorithms are being creating privately held dossiers on you that show you certain ads, set prices on goods and services and otherwise control aspects of life you likely know little about.
Strategist Chris Rose encourages campaigners to take a close look at the Positive Money campaign. It's doing some good things to bring otherwise dry economic decisions to the forefront of public awareness. Rose writes that national monetary policy can have a tremendous impact on addressing climate change.
.Eco is a new top-level domain created by and for the environmental community, backed by WWF, Conservation International and 50 more orgs. They’re giving away 500 .eco domains to the environmental movement. Find out more and apply for your dot eco domain. (ht Darren Barefoot)
Want to lead creative collaboration and innovation work with your staff, volunteers, clients and partners? Of course you do and the 3-day Fundamentals in Facilitating Innovation workshops run by Stockholm-based Fantastic Studios is a place to learn how. The next one is in mid-November.
UK-based New Citizenship Project is hosting a one-day Future of Membership Bootcamp on November 3 in London. The session aims to help organisers learn how to develop engaging platforms for member leadership and campaign co-creation.
Here's a useful list of conferences shared by Alison Byrne Fields after cold-emailing her network of contacts. Also check out the list's backstory to hear about what Alison calls the John Hughes Effect.
Using data to do campaign and change the world? Check out the From Possibilities to Responsibilities event Stanford University Feb 7-8, 2017.
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