By Allison Fine
A brand new and empowering manner of taking a look at and organizing social change!How will we circulate from serving soup until eventually our elbows soreness to fixing power social ills like starvation or homelessness? How will we holiday the disastrous cycle of low expectancies that results in continual social failures?The solutions to those questions lie inside of Momentum, a clean, zestful state of mind approximately and organizing social switch paintings. state-of-the-art electronic tools—including yet no longer constrained to email, the net, mobile phones, own electronic assistants (PDAs), even iPods—promote interactivity and connectedness. yet as Momentum exhibits, those new social media instruments are vital now not for his or her wizardry yet simply because they attach us to each other in reasonably cheap, available, and hugely scalable methods.
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The Greek chorus of outrage and disapproval ultimately caused Rather to resign on November 23rd. In a little more than two months, a diffuse group of blogging Davids working out of their homes and on their laptops had brought down a broadcasting Goliath. qxd 8/10/06 11:26 AM Page 35 Becoming a Connected Activist The blogosphere is impressive not just for its size and scope. Blogs also have the same open values that spawned the Internet and the open-source movement. Bloggers borrow and share information from one another constantly—that’s what creates the “swarming” effect of bloggers tracking down a story together.
For instance, decentralizing decision making increases rather than decreases power for community activists. Progress is made when organizations facilitate rather than dominate. We must learn to leverage more and lift less, to listen better and act smarter, to share and participate, not dictate. We must create and build power where there is none now. From Powerlessness to Self-Determination The powerlessness of activists is a quiet suffering. We are the “hear no evil, speak no evil” children in the world of social policy.
To date, Witness has mostly used handheld video cameras to film abuses. Witness is developing a Web Hub for anyone, anywhere, to upload videos, share them with the Witness community, and create their own human rights campaigns. Organizing Collective Action If the extent of our interest was the dissemination of news and information, the above categories would suffice. But social change is ultimately about many people working together for the collective good. org was created for the 2004 elections by Civic Actions, a prescient social-change company run by Henri Poole and Dan Robinson.