Tactic 8 is now available on the 10 tactics website, adding to the body of resources freely available for rights advocates who want to turn information into action.
1 February – today, the second workshop of the Maps for Making Change Workshop kicks off at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India. A joint initiative from the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) and Tactical Tech, this three-day event concentrates on the application of geographical mapping techniques for progressive social change in India. The workshop will equip participating rights advocates with the skills and knowledge they need to develop and use digital maps in their work.
How can rights advocates address serious issues but still make people laugh? This is explored in the fifth installment of 10 tactics for turning information into action, available on the 10 tactics website now. This video, which tells the story of advocates who have used humour as a tactic in Egypt, Belarus and across Asia, is always greeted with much laughter from the audiences at our various 10 tactics screenings. A highlight is the story of artists in Egypt who criticised president, Mubarak by superimposing his face on images of famous villains and idiots from films like 'Lord of the Rings' and 'Wayne's World'.
The piece begins with: "The power of technology to mobilise the masses and force change has been felt across the world - and now a documentary film-maker hopes to offer 'practical advice' for activists." The rest can be found here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8416785.stm
15 December - Today Tactical Tech was broadcast in an exclusive interview on the BBC World Service Radio programme, Digital Planet. In the interview with BBC's Colin Grant, Tactical Tech co-founders Stephanie Hankey and Marek Tuszynski speak about Tactical Tech's new documentary film, '10 tactics for turning information into action'. They discuss how activists are using digital technologies, the challenges they face and why Tactical Tech decided to create this documentary. Listen to the interview here or visit the 10 tactics website for the latest information about the film and where you can watch it.
350.org has called the International Day of Climate Action, which took place on the 24th October this year, 'the most widespread day of environmental action in the planet's history.' On this day, more than 5400 actions against climate change took place in over 181 countries. Tactical Tech had an integral part to play in the facilitation of this campaign at a grassroots level using mobile phones. Tactical Tech and 350.org developed 'Project MOBiLIZE', a global text message system, especially for this event. This enabled effective two-way communication, via text messages, between organisations participating in the campaign and their subscribers. Participating organisations could send out country-specific updates to their supporters but also channel messages from other participating countries at the cost of a local message. Read the full story at MobileActive.org.
Tactical Tech's Mobiles in-a-box has been re-printed and the website updated with the latest software upgrades.
Mobiles in-a-box includes information, tactics and tools to help advocates use mobiles for engaging, mobilising, coordinating, fundraising and budgeting.
Tanya Notley from Tactical Tech presented 'Visualising Information for Social Change' at the International School on Digital Transformation, held July 19-24 2009, at the University of Porto in Porto, Portugal.
The International School on Digital Transformation is an intensive six-day residential program, bringing together emerging and established scholars and professionals from around the world. During the week-long session, innovators in digital communications will serve as teachers and mentors, presenting their current projects and research and participating in discussions with advanced students and professionals beginning careers in the field.
The Climate Advocacy Institute provides training for young campaigners in tools that help them to promote discussion of issues that are important to them and their communities, and to advocate for positive change. Together with 350.org and other partners Tactical Tech co-organised this year Institute, we also were leading the Journalism & New Media for Advocacy track along with faculty and teaching assistants from the Creative Arts and Technology program of Bloomfield College, USA.