Author: MobLab Team

Social ties: A scalable and powerful organising resource

Learning

On 10 October, 2017 MobLab Live hosted a conversation about social ties with Professors Hahrie Han and David Karpf. Meghana Rao, a gender rights campaigner based in India, joined us and Vanessa Williamson hosted. Our guests examined research on social ties and campaigning, their experience with (and observations of) recent global campaigns (Trump and #Resist, Brexit, gender rights in India and more) and took questions from activists and campaigners watching live. Here are some highlights: Resources do not equal power–but social ties are a powerful resource. Social ties enable people to talk through their beliefs with people they trust–a...

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On our radar: Tweetstorm apps + Hip hop powers change

Insights

A look at some of the most interesting stories we’re tracking, cool stories of change that popped up on Twitter and great ideas from across our network.  This week ==> Tweetstorms are coming (well, they’re here but we’ll probably see more of them soon). An amazing chronicle of Luanda’s underground music scene and Angolan politics. Can a chat bot power American political change? Want more? Subscribe to Dispatch (our email newsletter) and follow MobLab on Twitter and Facebook.  Come for the music. Stay for the political change. In Luanda, Angola, rappers risk jail to rhyme against the regime. Chloé Buire has spent...

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MobLab Dispatch: Checking In

Dispatch

Read past Dispatches and subscribe Over 120 campaigners from 43 countries met outside Barcelona in late-October at CampaignCon to build the skills, leadership and networks needed to win in a world of increasing political challenges and technological complexity. MobLab collaborated with nine other global campaign organisations to co-convene CampaignCon. Check out our latest recap to get an inside look into the conversations happening about threats to campaigning and campaigners, using new technology to engage millions more people, getting new resources to local campaigns, sustaining powerful knowledge sharing networks and more innovations from the front lines of change making in...

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MobLab Dispatch: Big Asks. Big Results.

Dispatch

Read past Dispatches and subscribe Rasmus Törnqvist of Greenpeace Nordic tells Ben Valentine in a story for MobLab that Virtual Reality “provides a unique opportunity to take millions of people to the arctic.” Valentine spoke with Törnqvist, Greenpeace’s Pete Speller and other VR filmmakers to find out why A Journey to the Arctic is impacting Arctic campaigning, how VR establishes viewer empathy, and the critical role of campaigners in guiding the user’s VR experience. Campaign teams can do better and win bigger by identifying and supporting marginalised staff writes Kaytee Ray-Riek for MobLab. Kaytee notes that while we all...

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MobLab Dispatch: Beautiful Campaigns

Dispatch

Read past Dispatches and subscribe Beautiful Rising’s new online campaign toolbox surfaces deep experience, insights, and innovative technology. Campaigners from the Global South contributed to the this multi-platform organising guide. Writing for MobLab, Søren Warburg and colleagues discuss how to use the platform to learn and create actions reflecting the complexity, courage and humor of global social movements. Youth leadership around the globe is networked, participatory and based in locally-driven, globally connected social movements. That’s according to The New Global Citizen: Harnessing Youth Leadership to Reshape Civil Society, a just-released report from Rhize. Authors outline ways for NGOs and...

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