I came across a very interesting site today, http://www.digiactive.org. Thanks @melaniemcbride on twitter for the link. In short, the site promotes activism using technology. Regardless of where you might stand on the issues reviewed on the site, it is an excellent example of the potential of digital media to impact change. Students of digital media will find the campaigns reviewed and techniques recommended of particular interest. The site includes reviews of activism campaigns, analysis of their successes and pitfalls, as well as guides like “The DigiActive Guide to twitter for Activism”. Structurally the site contains pages on action alerts, campaigns, DigiActive new, events, guides and resources, opportunities, organizations, R&D, skepticism, tactics, theory and tools. It also reports on initiatives across much of the globe: the Americas, Asia, Europe, Mid-East and North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. Below, please find their mission, information on how they got started and a statement of purpose. An excellent site for those who are interested in promoting global activism on a variety of topics as well as students of digital media capacity.
DigiActive is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to helping grassroots activists around the world use the Internet and mobile phones to increase their impact. Our goal is a world of activists made more powerful and more effective through the use of digital technology.
How We Got Started
We created DigiActive because we believe that every person in the world has political power and that digital tools are a great way to express this un-tapped power. Tools like the Internet and mobile phones let us communicate with other people who share our concerns, to disseminate a message of change, to organize and inform ourselves, to lobby the government, to take part in activism.
Together, we call these activities digital activism: the methods by which citizens use digital tools to effect social and political change. We founded DigiActive because we want to spread digital activism around the world.
Despite the power of these tools, few activists know how to use them. The purpose of DigiActive is to promote and explain the digital tools of social change so activists can use them effectively. The activities of DigActive include, but are not limited to:
- Explaining how to use various digital tools for activism
- Reviewing digital activism guides and resources created by other organizations
- Sharing stories of successful digital activism campaigns around the world
- Hosting virtual events where activists can learn from expert digital activism practitioners
- Alerting activists to digital actions taking place around the world.
- Fostering community among digital activists from around the world