Author: MobLab Team

Building muscle: How positive narratives can beat fake news

Insights, MobLab Live

Campaigners around the world face government censorship, partisan corporate media, ‘fake news’ that puts the trustworthiness of all information at risk, and closed social media networks where rumors spread unchecked. Meanwhile, the human brain is hardwired to pay closer attention to negativity and threats. Social media platforms are programmed to identify attention and give people more of what they seem to want. Humans are hardwired to pay attention to fear. Social media is programmed to maximise attention. Building muscle to create and distribute positive narratives takes time, training and support. Model media literacy. Help your audience question – and...

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Why self-care and collective wellbeing are critical to winning change

Insights, MobLab Live

How do busy, dedicated campaigners care for themselves and others so we have the energy and resilience to stay in this work and win? And what can organisations do better? Campaigning and social change is hard work. We put ourselves at risk and the challenges may seem insurmountable. Politics and technology are changing fast. Organisations and campaigns struggle to keep up and win, meanwhile demanding more from their people.  Campaigners face health problems, burnout, exhaustion and stress. On 31 May, 2018, MobLab Live hosted a conversation with Ledys Sanjuan [FRIDA Young Feminist Fund], Professor Hava Gordon [University of Denver],...

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How do we innovate and win when campaigning gets harder?

Insights

Governmental and companies are restricting free speech, stopping internet access and making it harder for activists and NGOs to operate in the open. On May 10, 2018, MobLab Live hosted a conversation with Scovia Arinaitwe [Solidarity Uganda], Reza Ghazinouri [United for Iran], Hajnalka Schmidt [Greenpeace Hungary] and campaigners around the world to share experiences and ask questions about innovation in the face of difficult and risky campaigning circumstances. Think like your opposition. Digital security is a mentality (not a set of tools). Repression isn’t new but the technology of repression is quickly spreading. How do we remain innovative and...

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Experimentation, automation, social recruitment: MobLab Live on new campaigning and trends

MobLab Live

What’s the new campaigning look like? The first MobLab Live conversation of 2018 brought together global campaigners to talk about trends, how they’re adapting and what innovations they’re using to recruit and engage supporters. Choose recruitment tools that help you engage people in working together to take action. Integrate online and offline. Move quick from email to more direct relationship building. Done right, mobile can bridge polarisation and combat fake news. Loads of ideas and experimenting going on with automation and bots. In February, MobLab shared a briefing on campaigning trends around the globe: Keep Campaigning Fresh: Trends Impacting Change...

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Keep Campaigning Fresh: Trends impacting change in 2018

Campaigning, Insights

Campaigners around the world face more (and more dangerous) risks than ever while the pace of change in communications, tech and power keeps speeding up. Here’s a look at key trends impacting campaigning in 2018. Thank you to the campaigners, colleagues and change makers who offered comments, edits and ideas on earlier drafts of this brief. We hope this is the early stage of an ongoing conversation about what campaigners are facing and how to stay on top of change. 1. The bot campaigners 2. Decentralised goes global 3. Facebook changes…again 4. More mobile (less social?) 5. It’s harder...

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