Good storytelling strengthens social movements
Last year, Reporters Without Borders reiussed its Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-Dissidents, offering practical advice and clear explanations about blogging for all those whose online freedom of expression is subject to restrictions.
Through the handbook, Reporters Without Borders seeks to protect bloggers from leaders of authoritarian countries, who are becoming more and suspicious of bloggers who often tackle subjects the so-called traditional media dare not cover.
A member of the Resist Network social change team moderated an online discussion on a ArtTribesNetwork.com, on engaging your audience to combat issue fatigue. The discussion participants were from The Fledgling Fund, Cinereach, the Center for Social Media at American University, The Skoll Foundation, Global Grassroots, The Tiziano Project, the NYC Leadership Academy, and the Miami International Film Festival, as well as two independent filmmakers and a social media expert.
The discussion touched on causes of issue fatigue and what you can do to keep your audiences committed to your cause. ”(1) Start with (a) An exceptionally committed outreach team; (b) Sufficient resources to carry through your outreach and engagement plans, (c) A select, interested audience that will help you move the issue forward by engaging in activism and increase audience numbers by spreading the word; and (d) Clear outreach goals for each audience segment…”
Social media can be a tool to enable social change.The latest example of this is Twestival – an event taking place on February 12 in over 100 cities around the world, bringing Twitter users together with their local communities to raise money and awareness for charity:water, an innovative non-profit dedicated to providing clean water to developing communities in desperate need.
Social Actions has set up a competition to discover new web applications that create concrete opportunities to make a difference, by embedding information in the form of widgets or click-throughs on existing websites, blogs, and social networks. The contest aims to spur a sustained wave of humanitarian action, shaping how the web is perceived and used, and maximizing the impact of social change campaigns.
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