MobLab Dispatch

MobLab Dispatch | 24 July 2017
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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 questions about blockchain? So do we. Join a MobLab Live discussion on Thursday to better understand what a blockchain is and sort hype from potential. We’ll be joined by experts and activists working at the intersection of blockchain and social good projects.

Where should we hold the next Campaign Accelerator training? Our Campaign Accelerator facilitators are looking at hosting an open training in Kuala Lumpur or Mexico City in late November. Let us know if one of these sounds doable–or if there’s another location we should look into.

CAMPAIGN SPOTTING

#DancingIsNotACrime responds to Iran’s Instagram crackdown. After 19-year-old Maedeh Hojabri was arrested and forced to confess to the “crime” of dancing, Iranians uploaded videos of themselves dancing and published messages criticizing the government’s actions. Instagram is the only Western social media platform available in Iran, following Telegram’s block in April. [Thomas Erdbrink | The New York Times

To talk about climate change…address systems of oppression. The Zero Hour campaign is led by youth, mostly teenagers. Kibiriti Majuto, a Zero Hour member who immigrated to the U.S. from Democratic Republic of Congo, explains the campaign’s focus on those most impacted by climate change. [Greta Jochem | Grist]

Georgia’s #raveolution learns hard lessons on sustaining motivation. Vague government promises of drug policy reform and the threat of violence from counter-protesters took the steam out of the White Noise movement. “[W]hen the ruling party says ‘ok, we can meet, discuss, come to an agreement a week later, a month later’. This way they really neutralize the energy…the mobilization of the people,” says NGO worker Sopho Verdzeuli. [William Dunbar | The Calvert Journal]

Brazilian trucker strike “the largest mobilization ever carried out via WhatsApp.”The platform allowed the highly decentralized movement to communicate in real-time and coordinate their messaging so successfully that they won several concessions from the government. [Michael Fox | TruthOut]

How #WomenToFollow was born. Campaign creators gave people a way to create news (instead of sharing a news tory) by having them name women to follow on social media. [Rose Horowitz | Gender Avenger]

WHAT’S WORKING

How information empowers people.Feedback Labs, Global Giving and Omidyar Network have a new report examining how and why information helped people engage in movements like Arab Spring and Black Lives Matter.Why is WhatsApp widely used in Global South campaigning? The messaging platform allows campaigners in countries like Brazil, Kenya and Malaysia to establish personal contact with people in otherwise unreachable rural communities–but increases the domination of Facebook. [Tactical Tech]

Why is WhatsApp widely used in Global South campaigning? The messaging platform allows campaigners in countries like Brazil, Kenya and Malaysia to establish personal contact with people in otherwise unreachable rural communities–but increases the domination of Facebook. [Tactical Tech]

INNOVATIONS

When workers lead. Electronics Watch is giving Thai workers ways to monitor labour standards and report concerns directly to an independent body as they arise. It has helped free migrant workers in Thailand from debt bondage. But companies and state authorities are hesitant to permit investigations or negotiations. [Annie Pickering | Open Democracy]

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