Grassroots-led campaigning spreads across the US. fascinating look at the distributed organizing approach behind the Bernie Sanders presidential features insights from veteran network organizing strategists Zack Exley and Becky Bond.

Tech networks hacking the crisis in Europe. A roundup of new tech initiatives that have sprung up in support of refugees includes the Berlin-based ReDi School of Digital Integration, which teaches coding skills to new arrivals and Refufee Hero, an AirBnb-like service which matches up refugees with hosts across Europe offering them a place to stay.

Student activism collides with shrinking space for dissent in India. Since 2014, a variety of social complaints have driven waves of grassroots student protest, often woven together by hashtags. These have notably included the #Hokkolorob protests against sexual harassment on campus and the ongoing #JusticeforRohith movement against caste discrimination.

Iranian changemakers are online. Forced undeground following protests in 2009, reformists in Iran have adopted Telegram, a messaging app which ensures privacy and greater security when compared with public social networks.

Jigsaw will incubate digital security projects. Google Chairman Eric Schmitt announced that Jigsaw, the next evolution of Google Ideas, will support projects that help the "billions of people coming online for the first time" in coming years" who will rely on the Internet for access to information and free expression. 

People beat robots. Patrick Meier has the story of how local San people are helping his team identify wildlife populations in aerial drone photos -- and doing it faster than sophisticated articial intelligence systems. Great lesson in the power of local knowledge and citizen science. 

Protest in 2030. Writer and activist Tom Hardy envisions what acts of dissent might be like if the progression of government surveillance proceeds. It's not encouraging. [ht @Info_Activism]

The Mom Team. Has your mother been laying it on thick in her recent calls and emails? Maybe, as Evan Williams imagines in this McSweeney's piece, she is interning at a non-profit.

#CheekyBum hashtagFinally, biologists have long weeks, too. That may be what's behind (literally) the #wildbum hashtag. Here's more about about the backsides of some now semi-famous animals. [ht @msqrd]

Trainings + Resources

#MobLabLive is back in 2016 and we're kicking it off TOMORROW with a conversation about how fast-moving social movements and existing NGOs can support one another, engage more people than ever and grow power to create sustainable change. Join guests Leslie Mac and Alba Villanueva for a great #MobLabLive conversation. [Register here

Climate Visuals is a treasure trove of photos from around the world (including many via Greenpeace) to help you tell stories about how climate change is impacting real people. [ht Resource Media]

Kids in Tuvalu send a message to the world about climate change.
Kids in Tuvalu send a message to the world
about climate change. Photo via ClimateVisuals.

The People Power Manual is a collection of resources for activism educators and trainers. James Whelan at The Change Agency in Australia alerted us to to the updated Campaign Strategy Guide. Go check it out now

The Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellows program is accepting applications until March 21. Chosen participants will work with global civil society organizations to advance and protect the open Web. 

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