Offer: Online Course: Global Innovations for Digital Organizing: New Media Tactics for Democratic Change
Technological innovation has resulted in the development of new channels of communication which are democratizing access to and production of media. The impact on social dynamics is evident from the Obama campaign’s youth mobilization efforts to the ongoing uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa. This three-week online professional development certificate course will evaluate case studies where new technologies have been used for activism and what factors and contexts are most influential on outcomes. It will also provide participants with strategies for maximizing the impact of new media and train them in the effective use of analysis and message management tools.
Understanding the New Media Landscape: Charting a Course for Social Change in a Digital Era
Strategies to Achieve Offline Organization and Change through Online Mobilization
The Data Driven Organization: Metrics for Results Driven Organizations
Censorship, Privacy and Security in the 21st Century
Richard Graves, Founder and Executive Director of FiredUp Media
Daryn Cambridge, Director for Knowledge & Digital Strategies at the International Center for Nonviolent Conflict
Dates: September 26th – October 14th. The course is offered over a three-week period with the expectation of 5 hours of commitment each week.
Teaching Method/Class Format: The entire course is delivered online. Participants can expect a dynamic and interactive learning environment. The course will consist of the three units involving a variety of innovative online teaching approaches, including presentations, discussions, case studies, group exercises, simulations and will make extensive use of multimedia.
Course Facilitator: TechChange staff, advisory board members and a number of guest experts will all be heavily involved in the design and facilitation of the course. The lead facilitator for the course will be Nick Martin. Nick is an educator, technologist, and social entrepreneur with significant international peacebuilding and development expertise. He is an adjunct faculty member at American University, George Mason University, George Washington University and the United Nations University for Peace (UPEACE), and has given a number of guest lectures and speeches on the role of technology in peacebuilding, development and humanitarian work. Contact Nick at nick [at] techchange.org.
Course Objectives: The course is designed for working professionals to assist them in understanding ***the roles of technology in responding to crises. Participants should have an interest in the role that technology plays in the peacebuilding, development and humanitarian arenas. No specific technical skills are required for the course.
Participants will be able to critically analyze both the opportunities and the pitfalls that emerge when working with technology for organizing and advocacy.
Participants will be able connect relevant development, humanitarian and peacebuilding theories to the technological strategies and tools discussed in the course.
Participants will be able to manage specific software platforms and utilize various technological tools for digital organizing.
Participants will be able to design dynamic and effective strategies and tactics for using technology platforms and tools to launch and sustain campaigns.
Participants will be able to work collaboratively with others by participating in dynamic group exercises and simulations.
Participants will develop confidence and critical self-awareness in working with technology to facilitate digital organizing.
Cost: $350 ($250 if you apply before June 1st)
Course Facilitator: Nicholas C. Martin is the co-founder and president of TechChange: the Institute for Technology and Social Change. Nick is an educator, technologist, and social entrepreneur with international peacebuilding and development expertise. He is also an adjunct professor at American University and the United Nations University for Peace (UPEACE) where he teachers courses on the role of technology in peacebuilding, development and humanitarian work. Nick is the founder of two innovative and award-winning digital media and conflict transformation programs: DCPEACE and PeaceRooms. In 2009, Nick was selected as a Global Fellow by the International Youth Foundation for his leadership in launching the programs and his track record as a young social entrepreneur. Nick received his BA with honors from Swarthmore College and an MA in Peace Education from the United Nations mandated University for Peace (UPEACE).