10 tech trends that will impact social justice in 2018

The resilience and fragility of 2017 has been met with increased instability, polarization, and crackdowns on democratic principles in 2018. Still, activists around the world continue to push for the protection and expansion of human and civil rights. At the same time, technology continues to both support and undermine social justice, adding a layer [...]

2018-04-29T14:54:17+00:00 News|

New mobile apps are shaping Iran’s civil society

A popular uprising took hold of Iran in the final week of 2017, with thousands taking to the streets to protest against the dire economic situation in the country. Using smartphone apps such as Telegram and Instagram, demonstrators quickly spread their message, and within days, protests erupted in dozens of cities across Iran. In the government [...]

2018-04-29T14:49:57+00:00 News|

Armenia’s leader resigns amid peaceful mass protests

Armenia's longtime leader stepped down April 23, toppled by an overwhelming wave of peaceful, homegrown protests in what had been one of the post-Soviet world's most stagnant states. The move set off a wave of unprecedented celebration in the country and set the stage for what promises to be a dramatic, unpredictable political future. [...]

2018-04-29T14:32:41+00:00 Uncategorized|


Twitter prides itself as a place where everyone has “the power to create and share ideas and information instantly, without barriers”. In March 2018, it tweeted that it “stands with women to make their voices heard”. And yet, the right for women to freely express themselves is routinely silenced by toxic abuse on the [...]

2018-04-28T12:01:49+00:00 News|

Chinese #MeToo Student Activists Use Blockchain to Fight Censors

Student activists trying to ignite the #MeToo movement in China have turned to the technology behind bitcoin to battle government censorship. The rare display of dissent emerged after student Yue Xin accused prestigious Peking University of trying to silence her demands for a public airing of a sexual harassment episode more than 20 years [...]

2018-04-28T11:53:27+00:00 News|

New Global Listening Report Available for Download

Effective communication is at the heart of all successful advocacy; analyzing the problem and its resolution correctly, consulting widely and then framing goals in ways that are persuasive, and in language that can easily be understood. For such communication to connect with those we wish to influence, it is vital to be humble before [...]

2018-04-11T15:34:24+00:00 Uncategorized|

Survey the landscape

“Examine the political, economic or social terrain – with an experienced eye and sound judgement, in much the same way a general might explore the terrain before battle.” It is always important, when preparing to launch a campaign, to analyse existing or potential support as well as potential opposition. In other words, to map [...]

2018-04-11T15:15:15+00:00 Uncategorized|

Setting goals, devising ‘asks’ – clear asks make goals clear to everyone.

Clear, measurable goals and objectives should emerge from the deep, participatory process of ‘cutting the diamond’. Without such a process organizations can waste time, effort and money on elegant plans and lofty aspirations that push campaigns into a dead-end. Once your goals are clearly defined e.g. ‘Save the Whales’ – a key question then [...]

2018-04-11T15:12:57+00:00 Uncategorized|

Winning in the court of public opinion

Let’s be clear: the purpose of public advocacy is to give voice, particularly to those who are marginalized and who want to bring about change. To win arguments in what I call ‘the court of public opinion’; and then to achieve the desired outcome. For such advocacy to be e!ective, campaigners have to adopt [...]

2018-04-11T15:07:29+00:00 Uncategorized|