Author: Nithin Coca

Changing global fishing: How pet lovers helped take on Thai Union

Campaigning, Insights

The global fishing industry is a classic complex system. The supply chain includes everyone from international corporations to individual fishermen at sea for months or years. Changing how fishing works is one of the most challenging campaigns out there. Here’s what we can learn from the recent work to reform Thai Union. Global fishing sustainability has been in a precarious position for decades. Commercial fishing is a complex worldwide industry with hard to trace supply chains and nearly invisible players far out to sea. Despite devastating ecosystems worldwide, it’s long been a challenge for Greenpeace and other conservation advocates...

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Five lessons for developing smartphone apps in NGOs

Insights

In Indonesia, Greenpeace and World Wildlife Fund are building smartphone apps to crowdsource data gathering, deliver previously unavailable air quality updates and expand mobilisation to new audiences. Indonesia has over 100 million internet users and mobile device growing fast. Greenpeace and World Wildlife Fund are building and testing smartphone apps that give people air quality information to help fight new coal powered plants and help build activism for marine protected areas. Developing apps? Plan for constant innovation and updating. Make it simple (learn from consumer design, even consumer apps). Focus on useful, actionable information. Actionable doesn’t have to just mean take...

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Localising a global campaign: Divestment in Japan

Campaigning, Case Studies

Open and iterative approaches are helping 350.org develop a culturally relevant divestment campaign in Japan–a useful example of localising a global campaign. On the surface, Japan seems to have all the ingredients for successful organising and digital campaigning. It is a longtime democracy with high levels of broadband penetration and newspaper readership. Japan also retains global economic influence. It is the world’s third largest economy and companies like Toyota, Uniglo, Sony and Panasonic are visible global brands. The reality is not so simple. Japan’s activist base is small compared to North America and Europe–campaigning is limited. “In Japan, the social...

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Organising a people’s movement to #BuyTwitter

Campaigning, People Lead

Is the future of social media cooperative? The #WeAreTwitter Organizing Collective is an open, volunteer-run group campaigning to #BuyTwitter (yes, buy Twitter) and turn it into a user-owned cooperative. The campaign is a big and bold idea. It’s also a distributed campaign with the potential to transform online power at a critical moment. An alternative coop ownership model may reposition social media at a time when the role of social media in spreading fake news, the rise of online bullying, social media surveillance and the growing power of a few large internet companies are all in question. Takeaways Simplicity...

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Mapping an end to fires in Indonesia with Kepo Hutan

Insights

Unofficial and unreliable land ownership maps make it hard to hold a person, company or government entity responsible for environmental abuse. In 2015, fires across Indonesia created what some called the worst single man-made climate event in human history, emitting as much CO2 as Germany does in a single year while charring 2.5 million hectares of peatlands and forests. The Kepo Hutan platform seeks to open up land data, shine a light on forest stewardship and end the annual cycle of fire, blame and inaction. Last March, frustrated waiting for the Indonesian government to release its long-awaited One Map, Greenpeace Indonesia...

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