How positive narratives win campaigns in a “fake news” world

Communicating about social and political change has never been harder. Autocratic and democratic states are limiting media freedoms, using technology to spread misinformation and defame activists, and creating echo chambers that help them control public dialogue.

On 20 June, 2018 MobLab Live talked with campaigners about developing and deploying positive narratives so that media empowers people while debunking fake news.

We were joined by special guests Rachel Weidinger (The Narrative Initiative, U.S.), Dawood Khan Batozai (Communications & Advocacy Strategist, Pakistan) and Kateryna Kruk (StopFake.org, Ukraine).

Miss this MobLab Live? Watch a recording of the conversation below or on our YouTube channel.

Rachel Weidinger

Rachel Weidinger

Managing Director, Narrative Initiative

Rachel Weidinger is the Managing Director at The Narrative Initiative, a training and networking resource for leaders and organisations dedicated to building fairer, more inclusive societies.

Rachel is an artist, researcher and organiser. She labors to illustrate what is possible and to build equitable uses of  power. In 2011, Rachel founded Upwell. There she led the development of Big Listening practices coupled with campaigning across a distributed network of influencers. Recent appointments include Creative Dissent Fellow at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Arts & Culture for Economic Development Residency at PolicyLink. Rachel is presently engaged in a body of work called Missing infrastructures/ digital security. Rachel holds an MFA-Social Practice from the California College of the Arts, a B. Phil in Interdisciplinary Studies from Miami University, and completed coursework for an MA in Arts Policy & Administration at Ohio State.

Dawood Khan Batozai

Dawood Khan Batozai

Dawood Khan Batozai is from from Loralai, Pakistan. He is a communication & advocacy strategist, social media expert and online journalist. He has a masters degree in International Relations and has been working in the development sector for over 13 years. Dawood has worked with various INGOs on the issues of health, human rights and education. He is been actively involved and studying the current Pashtun’s Protection Movement in Pakistan which is dealing with false media claims and backlash.

Kateryna Kruk

Kateryna Kruk

StopFake.org

Kateryna Kruk is a civil activist and political scientist based in Kyiv, Ukraine. She is analyst at Stop Fake, she’s also an author and a host of the StopFake Digest on Ukrainian TV. Kateryna writes for the Guardian, BNE Intellinews, Newsweek, and Foreign Policy. She worked as a spokesperson of the Ministry of Agriculture of Ukraine (2014) and Ministry of Health (2017), in the European Parliament (2015-2016), and in the Ukrainian Parliament as a member of the Ukraine Crisis Media Centre team (2016).

Kateryna participated in demonstrations on the streets of Kyiv protesting President Viktor Yanukovych’s rejection of an EU trade deal. She was awarded a Freedom Award “For the people of Maidan” from the Atlantic Council of the USA. Kateryna Kruk was a member of the strategic communications team working on the development of Ukraine’s doctrine of information security.

Kateryna holds a double master’s degree in political science and European Interdisciplinary Studies. She is an alumna of Wroclaw University (Poland), Central European University (Hungary) and College of Europe (Natolin).