Open Campaigns Camp goes live

80 global campaigners training and learning from each other

What happens when you bring 80 campaigners from around the globe together for three days to learn from each other about technology-enabled open campaigning? That’s what we’re finding out right now at Open Campaigns Camp in Berlin.

Along with our colleagues from the Volunteering Lab and Aspiration Technology we are teaching one another about the experiences, skills and tools we can use to build powerful open campaigns.

Join in on Open Campaigns Camp. Click here to see what’s happening.

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Handheld devices put livestreaming to work on campaigns

Can apps like Periscope and Rhinobird help activists and organisers share bigger, better stories?
Photo by Anthony Quintano

Over the past month, hundreds of kayaktivists surrounded Shell’s massive Polar Pioneer drilling rig in a Seattle harbor. Scenes from Seattle were broadcast live by smartphone using the Periscope app. People watched on their phone, on Twitter and … [Read more]

Product teams: The next wave of digital for NGOs?

The era of the re-launch is over. How orgs can apply "product" principles to continually deliver the best technology.
Product teams

We've reached a fascinating point in the evolution of technology within nonprofit and social change organisations: everyone we work with at Greenpeace and beyond seems to agree that digital has a critical role to play, but many struggle to find the … [Read more]

Measure your Mission: Beyond vanity metrics

Beyond Vanity Metrics

This guest post by Jackie Mahendra, Director of Strategic Collaboration at Citizen Engagement Laboratory, first appeared on Medium. How do you know if your work is working? For those of us at mission-driven organizations, this is a … [Read more]

Pay attention and win: Lessons from Brasil

How Greenpeace Brasil is adapting Big Listening to its needs to become an opinion leader
March for forests in Brasil

In 2013, Greenpeace Brasil realised it was having trouble turning it's fast-growing social media audience into the kind of active and vocal supporters needed to help influence public opinion on its issues. In mid-2013, they connected with MobLab's … [Read more]

Learn how 3 years of Big Listening (and testing) may change your campaigning

A MobLab interview with Upwell's Rachel Weidinger
Upwell conversation

The crew of innovative campaigners and online strategists at Upwell, led by a core team of Rachel Weidinger, Ray Dearborn and Matt Fitzgerald have done their best to change how campaigns listen to, use and test online campaigning since 2012. Their … [Read more]

Kosovo youth set agenda (and gather data) for change

How replicable citizen science programs propel environmental policy
Kosovo youth assemble monitors

The Republic of Kosovo has a pollution problem. During the winter, when the local lignite power plants are working over time, the air becomes visible. Particulate glistens in the streetlights, everything is covered in a grey film. Kosovo is … [Read more]

It’s all just organizing

How small organizations can punch above their weight in a digital world
Digital Forest

“I am not saying ignore what’s working for large organizations,” writes ActionSprout CEO Drew Bernard, “they often provide great inspiration. But don’t mistake what they are doing as a path to success.” His email came in response to a call for … [Read more]

How to run a campaign Hackathon

Real talk about building lasting relationships with the developer community
Hackathon for Oceans

Can you track vessels in open sea when they switch off their tracking system? What do they do when they don't want to be found? How can people actively take part in our actions from their computer? That’s the opening of an invitation to … [Read more]