Test it with a scientist. Research4Impact is connecting people from the academic, nonprofit, and governance spaces to collaborate on advocacy and organising projects. [HT Adam Levine]
Freedom technologists and global justice. Transnational Institute looks at how internet freedom activists are framing and influencing campaigns around the world. [HT Nick Buxton]
We're just here to have a good time probably isn't a winning protest chant but it's a slogan worth remembering if you want new activists to come back again and build a movement. Lorna Bracewell and Nancy D. Wadsworth explain why 'pussyhats' make protest fun.
We're just here for the great petitions. Shifting media narratives, not getting a policy maker to change his or her mind, is the best use of online petitions when you have an intransigent target like, say, the Trump Administration. Dave Karpf also writes that petitions may help marshal an army of protesters, making them more relevant and valuable.
Apps can empower people and strengthen human rights is the idea behind United for Iran's Irancubator program which launched its first public app. RadiTo circumvents Iranian censors to provide users access to streaming news, radio and other information.
Humanitarian orgs test apps. New report from Engine Room and International Committee of the Red Cross's takes a great look at how humanitarian groups around the world are testing messaging apps.
When governments ignore people it is usually to the benefit of corporations, writes Danny Sriskandarajah of CIVICUS. Rising populism reflects people's demands for meaningful political and economic inclusion, Sriskandarajah adds, and now is a time to protect activism, not diminish it.
MORE GREAT STORIES WE'RE TRACKING
Share now. Plan later. 92% of global NGOs have a Facebook page but only 32% have a written social media strategy.
Impressive changemakers: A new class of Kairos Fellows was just announced.
Reclaiming national values. What a Swiss campaign against right-wing populism has tried/learned.
Programmers becoming leaders. New people organising actions against Donald Trump's agenda.
"I'm not like those people." More people connect with nonviolent action than violent protest.
Create a pathway to action. Marshall Ganz on Indivisible organising in U.S.