Author: MobLab Team

Beyond the hype: Making sense of blockchain for social change

Insights, MobLab Live

Blockchain is getting a lot of buzz in social change circles. We want change makers and social change leaders to be able to better understand what a blockchain is, how and when it might be useful and what success with blockchain looks like. On 26 July, 2018, MobLab Live hosted a conversation with Daisy Ozim (Blockchain for Social Justice, Resilient Wellness), Veronica Garcia (Bitlumens), Lee Brenner (Global Blockchain Business Council) and campaigners around the world to share experiences and ask questions about blockchain technology and its real life examples to advance social change work. These are blockchain’s early days....

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Time for a #Raveolution

Dispatch

MobLab Dispatch | 24 July 2017 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.   Social media leaps across an urban/rural divide. The Clean Energy Now campaign took on Kenya’s national elections–and pervasive energy reliability problems–to successfully nationalise a message about clean energy and get candidates to address it in their campaigns. Oh, did we mention social media influencers and a cross-country bicycling caravan? [Jamie Woolley | MobLab] 26 JULY: The if, how and why of Blockchain for social change Have...

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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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