Later this month I’m doing a presentation at Open Source Bridge called Grassroots activism is hard. Can open source help? Here’s an excerpt from the description:
Grassroots activists have to deal with many challenges – including the tools they’re using…. This session will survey progressive and transpartisan grassroots activists’ needs and today’s solutions
So, I’d love to hear your perspectives! Here’s a few questions to kick things off. Feel free to answer one or all – or bring up anything else that’s relevant!
- What kinds of activities does your group do online? For example: publicize events, send out daily/weekly actions, help people learn organizing skills, provide anti-racism or ally training, share and discuss news, develop strategy and tactics, collaborate with other groups, have video conferences, …
- Which of these do you think your group does particularly well? How do you do it?
- What do group’s members use for online discussion: email, Facebook, a forum, Slack or some other chat system, … ? What works well, and what could be better?
- Online discussions on issues related to race, gender, class, disability, and the intersections between them often grow heated. What techniques does your group use to help here? For example: online or in-person workshops or training, encourage a “call-in” culture, treat some topics as off-limits, review communications for inclusive language, …
- What are some things your group does well online that others could learn from?
- What projects do you look to as leaders and role models, either for how they organize, or for how they create an inclusive environment?
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