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Info-Activism workshops

In 2009, Tactical Tech ran a series of highly successful workshops, and a seven-day camp in India, around the concept of Info-activism.

Info-Activism is:

  • Tactical Tech's approach to using information for advocacy
  • About turning information into action
  • Using new technologies to enhance advocates' work

Our info-activism events are not your average classroom style, facilitator-focused workshops; they have a uniquely hands-on ethos with an open-learning framework and a stress on participation. We use interactive, peer-based learning techniques to help advocates realise the impact of digital technologies on their campaigns. We find this the most effective way to facilitate a workshop as it enables participants to learn what they want to at their own pace.

During the workshop, participants can:

  • Focus on a campaign they might be working on at the time, looking at how they might use information more effectively
  • Explore a variety of free and Open Source tools which they can use to turn information into action
  • ·Watch (video) and read case studies of info-activism strategies which campaigners around the world have successfully used in a number of different contexts
  • ·Share experiences and knowledge, and network with other rights advocates from similar campaigns

The workshop curriculum is based on our 2009 project, 10 tactics for turning information into action. The 50-minute film and hands-on cards work together to inspire participants with first-hand stories of info-activism while also giving them all the information and practical advice they need to create their own.

Participants' feedback on our info-activism events:

“Tactical Tech’s ethos is that nobody knows everything, and everybody knows something. It’s a beautiful philosophy, but it plays out pragmatically, as well. How else do you get so many people to huddle around laptops showing each other around a new CMS?.” Melissa Gira Grant, St. James Infirmary

“Info-activism has become very important and has been used to some extent by a few of the Tibetan NGOs... We in exile need to realise the importance of the Internet and other modes of communication (mobile and wireless). All these can help us to enable us to spread the words of our cause of a Free Tibet through non-violent methods.” Phuntsok Dorjee, Tibetan Children's Village

Tactical Tech can provide workshops and trainings at appropriate gatherings and meetings. Please contact us.

 

Image: Participants at the Info-Activism Camp, India.