"I can't believe we have to protest this crap!"

A Tribute to Wanjiku 

Where MobLab is today represents the passionate commitment of all who have been part of the MobLab network’s fabric of founders and network-builders, including one who is sadly no longer with us. During the chaos of the pandemic, we received news of the passing of Wanjiku Kamau, one of our strongest and most determined colleagues.Even as we grieved for Wanjiku, as well as the many other tremendous losses our societies have suffered through 2020 and 2021, members of the Collective have held together as a strong team, and kept the vision alive. We continued to offer campaign design workshops and trainings developed over the past years, and have even been iterating and developing new offerings in response to the changing context. Wanjiku’s fighting spirit and unwavering sense of justice was present in everything she did, including to keep MobLab’s work alive. She did not let a single one of us lose hope or stop fighting, and as we take MobLab’s work forward, we do so in her honor.

– From all of us at MobLab Collective

People Power

Listening and Learning Within the Human Rights Field

Narrative & Storytelling 

  • What really is narrative organizing? Rachel Weidinger writes: “Narrative organizing is the act of building, creating and using narrative to shift power towards justice, equity and democracy. Narrative without organizing is a collection of observations and stories. Narrative without organizing leaves narrative power to others. When we bring alignment, polyvocality, and community leadership to narrative work we are organizing people to hold and exert narrative power.”  [Narrative Initiative]
  • How to make your storytelling more intersectional. Applying the Black feminist prism of intersectionality to storytelling, this collectively written article provides some pointers, such as explicitly visibilizing race and racism in stories about people of color, and including historical, cultural, political, geographical, and economic context that shape the storyline. [Stanford Social Innovation Review]
  • Amy Westervelt is an award winning environmental journalist, specializing in combating disinformation, and has just launched Rigged, dedicated to uncovering the deep narrative strategies and tactics the fossil fuel industry has used for decades. Rigged is a database that is a series of pieces charting the landscape, offering a glossary of disinformation techniques, profiles of the (anti-)heroes of the business, and stories on various inglorious chapters in disinformation history, from chemicals to railroads to tobacco to fossil fuels. This is key for campaigners (and others) to understand deep misinformation and to be able to craft and embed new narratives. [Volt]
  • Season 2 of Words to Win By, formerly Brave New Words, is out – Anat Shenker-Osorio’s excellent podcast goes behind the scenes of real-world narrative shifts that have led to huge victories. [Words to Win By]

News from us at MobLab Collective 

MobLab Collective members Fotis Filipou and Wanjiku Kamau’s last project for Data4Change supported the strategy design for two data-driven campaigns in Mozambique and Somalia.

  • In collaboration with FAMOD in Mozambique, a11y (shorthand for accessibility) is a campaign about the accessibility of websites in Mozambique. Together, FAMOD and Data4Change turned data about the accessibility of Mozambican websites into an interactive campaign that features a quiz to test the accessibility of your own website, as well as a toolkit for improving digital accessibility.
  • In collaboration with Digital Shelter in Somalia, this collectively designed data driven campaign called Without Fear turned the results from a survey about online gender-based violence in Somalia into a brilliant campaign that includes a data-driven poem, articles, meet-ups and a digital security calendar.


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Ani Hao

Ani Phoebe Hao is a freelance journalist, researcher and media consultant. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, Teen Vogue, GenderIT, VICE, and Open Democracy.