This is not digital advocacy in the abstract: Bassel and I have friends in common. Please take a moment to sign the letter to support his release. And if you can think of other ways to help you can let me know. From FreeBassel.org: On March 15, 2012, Bassel Khartabil was detained in a wave of […]
The open-source, maker/hacker, DIY ethic is a driver of innovation and civic engagement. To hack is to engage with something and figure out how to make it work for you. It involves pushing boundaries, breaking a few rules, trying out something new, remixing, modifying, creating. Underlying this is a sense of agency: of people learning […]
We all know that providing information does not equal change. But it’s part of the process. As researchers, we can chunk and package and share our findings and recommendations in ways that make them more accessible. I like to call this edible evidence. And, if we’re really good (i.e., we’ve done some thinking about what we […]
In Digital Activism 101, Mary Joyce writes that activists can use digital technology to do only five six things: shape public opinion, plan an action, transfer resources, protect activists, share a call to action, or take action. Then rinse and repeat. (Heh I love that phrase; stole it from Gunner’s awesome Another Cloud is Possible presentation.) Five […]
The ever thought-provoking Evgeny Morozov in The Guardian: “I’m all for elite models when it comes to digital activism”… I stumbled upon this because I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how civil society and digital activism. I’ve been focusing mostly on social media mostly, but also looking at other tools: TASCHApress, Ushahidi, HomicideWatch.org, Alaveteli (What Do They Know), […]
To create a strategy just write down what you’re already doing. It’s that simple. Documenting decisions puts them out into the open. This will: Clarify rationale (we’re spending time/money on X because it will result in Y) Provoke questions and feedback Allow others to decide if they want to join you, and how they’ll contribute […]
On May 11, 2012, the Ministry of Justice of Georgia launched the “Computer Knowledge Society Initiative” to promote digital literacy and e-skills, with a focus on economic development. Will they build on learning from other countries? How can the global library and telecentre communities help them succeed?
AkiraChix is an association that inspires and develops women in technology through networking, training, and mentoring. They launched in April 2010 when a group of young female techies got together at the iHub and decided to create a network that increased visibility for women in tech. And they have a really cool promo video :)
7Beavers is a Montreal-based group of writers, filmmakers, painters, poets, dancers, actors, musicians — all concerned citizens, thinkers and doers. On May 25-27, 2012, they’re organizing a weekend symposium to coordinate and host participatory actions, events, and conversations to stimulate social innovation and promote the networking and consolidation of creative resistance movements working for change throughout Québec and Montréal. (Personally I think they should have gone with “7honeybadgers”).