In this first MobLab Live show we explore what buzzwords like “People-Power” and “Mobilisation” really mean. Since the Obama 2008 election and the rise of online groups, the potential to mobilise people to win bigger and quickly has become a central focus for grassroots groups and non-profits. But is there more to it than signing a petition and technological innovations? Is there a missing piece of the puzzle when it comes to empowering people to affect change themselves?
Joining the show is Hahrie Han, author of How Organizations Develop Activists. Greenpeace’s Dan Cannon is also joining us to speak about a new volunteer organising platform called Greenwire. Watch a recording of the show and check out the readings and resources below to learn more.
Live Q&A with #MobLabLive
A snapshot from Twitter of the conversation and questions on this MobLab Live conversation:
Recommended Readings and Tools from the Show
- How Organizations Develop Activists by Hahrie Han
- Groundbreakers: How Obama’s 2.2 Million Volunteers Transformed Campaigning in America
by Elizabeth McKenna & Hahrie Han
- Greenwire by Greenpeace
Additional Readings/ Resources *
- Ruckus Society
- Training for Change
- The Hauser Centre for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University – Organizing course (free)
- Organizing for Power
- New Organizing Institute: Organizer’s Toolbox
- Interaction Institute for Social Change
Books & Readings
- Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution
- Activist Handbook by Aiden Rickets by Zed Books
- Building a Movement to End the New Jim Crow: An Organizing Guide by Daniel Hunter
* This not a comprehensive list. If you have some readings/resources you would like to include on this list please email Emily Hunter.
Categories:organising, mobilising and engagement