Please help free Bassel Khartabil

Posted by on Jul 11, 2012 in Blog | No Comments

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 On March 15, 2012, Bassel Khartabil was detained in a wave of […]

Hacking is the impulse to engage with something and figure out how to make it work for you

Posted by on Jul 4, 2012 in Blog | One Comment

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 […]

Knowledge mobilization: What do decision makers prefer?

Posted by on Jun 28, 2012 in Blog | One Comment

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 […]

Pizzas Google: A cautionary tale about your privacy

Posted by on Jun 22, 2012 in Blog | No Comments

The magnificent and brilliant Silvia Caicedo (who needs to start a blog already) sent me this based on a conversation we had where I was freaking out about helping civil society organizations use social media and cloud services. Let me explain: I am a geek. I love tech. I’m often the first one to start […]

Thinking about digital activism

Posted by on Jun 17, 2012 in Blog | One Comment

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,, Alaveteli (What Do They Know), […]

How to create a useful strategy

Posted by on Jun 14, 2012 in Blog | No Comments

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 […]

Georgia to establish 300+ technology centers: How can we help them succeed?

Posted by on Jun 11, 2012 in Blog | 2 Comments

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: Awesome Girl Geeks in Nairobi

Posted by on May 9, 2012 in Blog | No Comments

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: Stimulating Citizen Engagement & Reclaiming the Commons

Posted by on May 8, 2012 in Blog | No Comments

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”).