Reflectivity: Further analysis on the strength of digital activism, celebrity activism and internet memes

This is my final post (for a while anyway). I’d like to thank my blog co-creators, Kate, Mercy and Lauren for being wonderful partners in crime. Creating a blog around digital activism has opened countless avenues of enquiry for future research and taught me a lot about the blogging practice. …

NGO Activism: Silas Siakor’s Story

Silas Siakor’s life as a campaigner on environmental issues and human rights in Liberia began in the year 2000 during Charles Taylor’s regime. As staff member of SAMFU (Save My Future) Foundation, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) investigating illegal activities in Liberia’s timber industry, Siakor was responsible for the organisation’s newsletter …

“How to be a woman [and activist] on the internet…”

  While researching a paper on social movements last year, I learned about an activist social media platform called “Chalk Back” that captured my interest. Through the simple act of recording utterances of real-life street harassment in colorful chalk on the sidewalks where they occur in cities around the world …

We See You: activism in the digital era and the quest for social justice in South Africa

On 21 September 2020, We See You, a ‘POC feminist queer collective of artists and activists’ announced their occupation of a mansion in Camps Bay, Cape Town, South Africa. After renting the home through Airbnb, the collective did not depart on their check-out date and began an approximately two-week-long occupation. …

Activism: seeing opportunity in technology and networks – part 2

In the first part of this post, I discussed how Martin Luther took advantage of the communication technology of his time, the printing press, to advance his cause in the Reformation era. This was during a time when early critics within the church did not see any benefit in using …

How do we measure the “success” of activism in a digitally networked era?

My professional experience is very much in the formal development sector, and if you’ve ever been part of this world, you’ll know that results, monitoring and evaluation, and KPIs are part of the daily work. In an effort to know which solutions really work, and to be accountable to donors, …