Author: MobLab Team

Women on the front lines of change

Dispatch

MobLab Dispatch | Originally sent on 9 October 2018 The Dispatch tracks innovations in people-powered campaigning, training opportunities and mobilisation jobs around the globe. Get it in your inbox and catch up on past Dispatches. What flavor of organising is right for your campaign? Big? Community-based? Distributed? Natasha Adams offers a non-exhaustive list of some of the approaches to building power. [Thinking, Doing, Changing] In India, a women’s peace march promotes justice and non-violence in a distributed way. The Baatein Aman Ki is divided into five routes, and participants work with local NGOs and citizen groups in each place...

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Building effective movements for change through distributed organising

Insights, MobLab Live

A tightly controlled campaign does not a movement make. A more collective approach, however, does have the ability to scale up our efforts to effect change. Robust training and support for volunteers are key. Volunteers’ time and commitment will vary, so create opportunities that reflect that. Distributed organising can be challenging, but the payoff is huge. Distributed organising is all about creating opportunities for supporters to take an active, meaningful role in the strategy and execution of a campaign — to feel a real sense of ownership over the issue at hand. When you build power in this way,...

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A satirist and a strongman walk into a Facebook group…

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MobLab Dispatch | 20 September 2018 Dispatch tracks innovations in people powered campaigning, training opportunities and mobilisation jobs around the globe. Get it in your inbox and catch up on past Dispatches. Powerful conversations were behind Ireland’s win for abortion rights. Tough talks were necessary to shift perceptions about deeply held values, and the Yes campaign provided training and support for people to do just that with their family and friends face to face and online. Clodagh Schofield explains. [MobLab] How do you frame a campaign when the dominant narrative is regressive? Lessons include appealing to people’s better selves,...

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Your campaign? It’s a cultural thing.

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MobLab Dispatch | 6 September 2018 Dispatch tracks innovations in people powered campaigning, training opportunities and mobilisation jobs around the globe. Get it in your inbox and catch up on past Dispatches. How to help volunteers scale up a texting campaign. Volunteers and peer-to-peer (P2P) texting are a great match when you have a framework for success. Daniel Souweine ran the “Text for Bernie” program for Sanders’s U.S. presidential campaign before co-founding P2P text messaging firm Relay. Here, Souweine offers 7 insights for helping volunteer P2P projects win. [MobLab] Your campaign is cultural whether you realise it or not...

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From hashtags to hip hop, the hows and whys of cultural campaigning

Insights, MobLab Live

Making change by making art. Campaigners have long recognized the power of culture in their efforts to effect social change, whether it’s weaving a well-timed pop culture reference into campaign messaging or organising an entire movement around a cultural idea, custom, value or tradition. Cultural campaigning, just like culture, happens at many levels. Creativity is an important element of cultural campaigning. To be cultural, however, a campaign must also be true to people’s lived experiences. Cultural campaigning can transform narratives, mobilise communities, and shift public perceptions of issues in important ways. But what’s the best way to go about it?...

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