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1.5 million people demonstrated in Seoul at a rally against the current president. That's 3% of South Korea's population. A new video by Quartz explains how they do it. [Perspective: 3% of Indians at a protest would be about 38 million people.]

Video Volunteers breaks down its #DismantlingPatriarchy campaign. People across India were trained to run community discussions about gender, videos told stereotype-busting stories and thousands were joined together in online conversations.

Find out how a viral web video campaign generated millions of views on a shoestring budget in a recent behind the scenes look at the #NoRedButton campaign by Tom Liacas and Jason Mogus, key campaign strategists.

The right images have power to shape perceptions about climate change says Dr. Adam Corner in Carbon Brief.

Indigenous people in Guatemala are creating powerful networks to demand land rights. They're organising communities to protest loss of land, environmental destruction and human rights violations resulting from government and international support for a series of dams and hydroelectric developments.

And in Africa, women fighting a continent-wide campaign for land rights joined together in October for an epic trip up Mount Kilimanjaro. ht Bridget Burrows.

Public attitudes toward liberal democracy are way down in recent years according to research by Yashcah Mounk. It's one data point among many but growing apathy towards democratic debate opens the door to government limits on organising, privacy, protest and speech.

Reflecting on over 15 years of digital mobilisation research, sociologist Jennifer Earl notes that online "flash activism" has recently emerged as a powerful new means for achieving social change. The lines between online and the offline action are eroding rapidly.

Hootsuite shares a useful toolkit for social media engagement. Share with a special social content producer in your life.

Participatory leadership builds participatory communities. Get three key insights for campaigners seeking to align movements The Rules Have Changed: Building a 'Movement of Movements' in the U.S. by Erin Mazursky.

The interesting #BlackLivesMatter and the Power and Limits of Social Media, by Emily Parker and Charlton Mcilwain, explores commonalities between Black Lives Matter and digital activism in China, Cuba and Russia. Notable: "It may soon become less far-fetched to compare the United States to authoritarian countries. We hope that won’t be the case. But if so, the experiences of overseas activists might help us understand the prospects for #blacklivesmatter."

In How Social Media Helps Dictators, professor Erica Chenoweth draws attention to a correlation between increased reliance on social network outreach and decreased success of civil resistance movements worldwide.

A post-Trump "social media is broken" article worth reading from Timo Luege who expands on the idea that newsfeed algorithms limit our exposure to conflicting ideas and our ability to process conflicting data.

How to be a better storyteller: Five questions social change makers need to ask by Tracy Van Slyke and Rinku Sen includes resources for visual storytelling design, building a creative team, knowing your audience and choosing a creative path (aka a story format wheel).


The election of Donald Trump has campaigners talking about security. Here are some useful guides for campaigners (or anyone who goes online, really):

A First Look at Digital Security [Access Now : 17 Nov]

Fourteen practical steps to being safer at home, online and at a protest in Trump’s America [CommunityRED : 15 Nov]

Worried about surveillance under Trump? Here's what to do [Christian Science Monitor : 17 Nov]

See also MobLab's 2015 series on operational security for campaigners and advocacy groups. We cover organisational security, threat modeling and apps/tools to protect data and shield users from unauthorized surveillance.

Let's Learn

Check on this fast because it's limited to 10 people: Reinventing campaigns to win bigger is a half-day training at Civic Hall in New York City on Friday, 16 December. Run by NetChange, the session focuses on integrating principles of “directed-network campaigning" into your advocacy strategies.

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