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Organizations and Social Movements: Can we work together? Should we? How do we know when it’s right and how do we make it work?

Fast-moving and innovative social movements are rising around the world. Many of these  share goals with Greenpeace and other campaigning organizations. We see this in Occupy and Black Lives Matter in the U.S. We’ve experienced it with Ayotzinapa in Mexico,the #LeyMordaza fight in Spain, Brazil’s anti-World Cup movement the Sunflower movement in Taiwan and many other popular campaigns for social change.

When does it make sense for groups to interact with new movements? Can campaigning organisations engage with, and help, rising movements to expand one another’s networks and scale impact? And how do social movements benefit from the involvement of larger organisations while retaining their independence and vision?

Greenpeace (and many other organisations) are frequently wrestling with these questions—as are growing movements around the globe.

The next MobLab Live will explore these questions and more with help from Leslie Mac, founder of the Ferguson Response Network and Alba Villanueva, a key member of No Somos Delito. Join us at 11 am Eastern / 5 pm CET / etc for the next MobLab Live to hear from Leslie and Alba and share your ideas about movement collaboration with the MobLab network.
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MobLab Live: Organizations and Social Movements
Wed, March 2, 2016, 11:00 AM
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More and more we hear the term "open campaigns" and distributed organizing. In many ways these terms are changing the way we work and how we build movements. For some this can take a more networked approach with allied groups, for others its organizing a global day of action, or adapting principals of "open-sourced" principals into campaign work. While there are no universal definitions and many varying models, essentially open campaigning allows more people to lead and champion causes.  Such as with the Keystone Tar Sands movement, Divestment or #Not1More movement.

But for many there are a lot of unanswered questions and challenges around this new model. Such as how much centralized leadership is still needed? What are the roles of NGO’s vs. local groups? Also, what are the risks? Joining us to answer some of these questions and share their lessons is Jason Mogus, the senior adviser to the Tar Sands Solutions Network, and Marisa Franco, a community organizer of the #Not1More anti-deportations movement in the United States.
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MobLab Live: Open-sourced & Distributed Organizing
Thu, August 6, 2015, 11:00 AM
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Over 90% of the human population either own or have access to a mobile phone. That’s more than all the active social media accounts or Internet users in the world combined.   For the NGO world, strategic uses of mobile technology can open the floodgates for millions, if not billions, of people to help scale campaigns and engage the world in crisis moments. In a special live event from Kenya, we’ll talk with Ushahidi and FrontlineSMS about emerging tools and trends empowering citizens and activists via mobile technology. Join us for an interactive conversation with some of Africa's innovative non-profit technologists working across continent and beyond!
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Mobile Activism: Tools & Trends in People-Centered Technologies
Mon, March 2, 2015, 6:00 AM
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In this first MobLab Live we explore what buzzwords like “People-Power” and “Mobilisation” really mean? Since the Obama 2008 election and the rise of online groups like MoveOn.org 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?

Professor Hahrie Han, author of How Organizations Develop Activists, spells out how people can rise out of apathy and into activism when organisations develop and implement strategies that build leadership.

Greenpeace’s Dan Cannon will share success stories from Greenwire, a new social media platform for volunteers that enables people to self-organise and play a greater role in campaigns.
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People-Power: Grassroots Leadership & Organising in the 21st century
Thu, January 29, 2015, 10:30 AM
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For further readings and resources on the topic of 'people-power' and building organizing capacity, check out this page: http://www.mobilisationlab.org/moblab-live-people-power/
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Is your organization ready to go when disruption happens? Disasters, political decisions and other surprises mean that campaigns operating in a 24/7 news cycle and amid hyper-connected social networks must respond quickly and strategically to get the best results and stay most relevant. Find out how leading campaigners at Avaaz have thrived in organizations known for strong rapid response programs, while hearing from the Response Lab at Greenpeace about their efforts to help bring the organization into a more responsive way of working and thinking. They'll share insights into cultural, strategic and technical capacity needed to not just respond quickly but turn breaking events to your advantage.
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Responsive Campaigns
Thu, November 26, 2015, 11:00 AM
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Find out how emerging tools like 360° video, virtual reality (VR) and drones bring people to places they might never see, in ways they haven’t expected and allow us to bear witness to the world in new ways. Our guest speakers include Molly Swenson from advocacy-news agency “RYOT” and award-winning journalist, Will Potter. They have taken immersive storytelling inside a Syrian war-zone, into the skies looking over factory farms and on the ground post-Nepal earthquake. Find out how to use this technology for your next call-to-action campaign.
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Bearing Witness 2.0
Mon, October 19, 2015, 10:30 AM
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Hi, I want to attend this event, but for some reason Google is telling me I don't have access to the event.
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In trying to create social change, we often ask ourselves: how do we know what works? This simple question can be alarmingly tough to answer. Typically in online engagement strategies, we measure our member’s engagement with petition sign-ups, list sizes and followers on social media. These kinds of “vanity metrics” often sound big and impressive — but they can be misleading, and ultimately lead to flawed decisions that doom membership-driven organizations. So how can you go beyond vanity metrics? 

To start the conversation, the Mobilisation Lab at Greenpeace and Citizen Engagement Laboratory are hosting a special "MobLab Live" to discuss their new report “Beyond Vanity Metrics.” Join us for a live talk with the experts and author of the report as they give a summary of the report findings and answer your questions!
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Beyond Vanity Metrics: Toward Better Measurement of Member Engagement
Thu, May 14, 2015, 11:00 AM
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In the wake of the “Snowden files” that exposed the mass surveillance program by the CIA – creating better security and privacy has been a top question for many non-profits and media agencies. But often the focus of security has been on the technical side, with mysterious acronyms like PGP and OTR. The missing ingredient for many groups is the culture itself, creating a culture of security. Allen Gunn of Aspiration, shares his tips for success on how NGOs can foster a culture that makes security accessible and meaningful in our everyday workplace.
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Security Culture: A People-Centered approach to Privacy Technologies
Wed, April 8, 2015, 11:00 AM
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Thank you everyone for joining us! We'll be sending out a recording of the talk and further readings/ resources shortly in an email to you all!
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2014 Year in Review from the Greenpeace Mob Lab:
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MOBLAB LIVE is an online show on People-Power & Innovations from the Mobilisation Lab at Greenpeace
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"MobLab Live" is an online show exploring the world of digital mobilisation and people-powered campaigning. Every month, the Mobilisation Lab at Greenpeace hosts a live interactive conversation with thought leaders, activists and inspiring characters from across movements that are building power in new ways –  and winning! Join us for an exciting dialogue on 21st century activism.