MobLab Dispatch: Checking In

Go Bots + A People's Twitter + What's Text?

Over 120 campaigners from 43 countries met outside Barcelona in late-October at CampaignCon to build the skills, leadership and networks needed to win in a world of increasing political challenges and technological complexity.

MobLab collaborated with nine other global campaign organisations to co-convene CampaignCon. Check out our latest recap to get an inside look into the conversations happening about threats to campaigning and campaigners, using new technology to engage millions more people, getting new resources to local campaigns, sustaining powerful knowledge sharing networks and more innovations from the front lines of change making in Africa, Asia, Latin America and beyond.


Do results of last week’s U.S. presidential election count as a people-powered win for Donald Trump? A call to action for people power in progressive campaigns? Both? Something else? Between bleary-eyed Facebook feeds and long talks with colleagues about how we got here and where to go next we pulled a few articles that caught our eye:

Cory Doctorow explains the threatening state of global surveillance now that Donald Trump and his team will oversee one of the world’s largest surveillance programs. He ends with a call to action: “If we are to win the fights for human rights and human dignity, we must have a free, fair and open internet to fight with. It starts now.”

Some post-election analysts suggest that Hillary Clinton’s loss means data isn’t as important to campaigns as we thought. But perhaps it’s about looking at the right data the right way. Joshua Green and Sasha Issenberg write about what the Trump data team saw early on.

¡Nunca Mas! People Powered Strategy in the Time of Trump, Doyle Canning of the Center for Story-Based Strategy writes that people-powered movements are critical to the world’s response. She describes how to connect movements and networks with: 1. Shared values 2. Symbols, and 3. Coordinated acts of daily resistance.


Social media is a key communications and network building channel for indigenous groups and supporters protesting construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. But many stories are focusing on social media engagement as slacktivism instead of network building.

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CampaignCon 2016: We are here to change the world

Recapping the global activism and technology skill share
CampaignCon 2016 participants

An unprecedented mix of campaigners and activists gathered for CampaignCon last week. We shared expertise, built network strength, and grew the capacity of our campaigns to win at every level. We had a unique opportunity to learn. Campaigning is … [Read more]

What’s on the mind of global campaigners?

CampaignCon participants share needs and questions about leading change and building power
CampaignCon wordcloud

Over 120 campaigners from 43 countries came together at CampaignCon last week to share expertise, build network strength and grow the capacity of campaigns at all levels – local to global – to take on the big complex problems we're facing in … [Read more]

CampaignCon 2016 is underway

A global activism and technology skillshare
CampaignCon post-it note wall of questions

Over 120 campaigners from 45 countries around the globe have gathered in Catalonia for a sector-wide skills-share on next generation campaigning. We're talking about mobilisation in a world of shrinking civic space, digital security, how to scale … [Read more]

Mapping an end to fires in Indonesia with Kepo Hutan

New map tools help communities, companies and governments
Kepo Hutan map

Unofficial and unreliable land ownership maps make it hard to hold a person, company or government entity responsible for environmental abuse. In 2015, fires across Indonesia created what some called the worst single man-made climate event in human … [Read more]

MobLab Dispatch: Big Asks. Big Results.

Campaigning with Virtual Reality + FutureShifting + Crowdsourcing constitutions + Decentralising the Web
Mobilisation Lab Dispatch

Read past Dispatches and subscribe Rasmus Törnqvist of Greenpeace Nordic tells Ben Valentine in a story for MobLab that Virtual Reality "provides a unique opportunity to take millions of people to the arctic." Valentine spoke with … [Read more]

Do better + win bigger by taking on marginalisation

A changemaker's guide to cultures that work for all

Culture, gender, race and other differences can contribute to marginalisation of campaign team staff. This impacts the ability of people to build trust, work together and implement winning strategies. Marginalisation isn't just bad for people and … [Read more]

Virtual reality gets real in latest campaigns

Learning from the frontlines of VR at Greenpeace and beyond
Virtual Reality campaigning at Greenpeace and beyond

Since the first mission to remote Amchitka, Alaska, in 1971, Greenpeace has heightened awareness by pushing the boundaries of reporting. Storytelling – and bringing people into the conversation about what's at stake – is always evolving … [Read more]

MobLab Dispatch: Beautiful Campaigns

CampaignCon last call + Occupy plus 5 + People-powered tech strategies
Mobilisation Lab Dispatch

Read past Dispatches and subscribe Beautiful Rising’s new online campaign toolbox surfaces deep experience, insights, and innovative technology. Campaigners from the Global South contributed to the this multi-platform organising guide. Writing … [Read more]