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Activists Join Hands on the Sand to Protest Oil Policy
By Tom Watson on June 7, 2010 | No Comment
Activists Join Hands on the Sand to Protest Oil Policy

Mark June 26th on your calendars and hope for good beach weather – if you want to see a change in national energy policy, that is. That’s the day that the dream of a Florida …

GlobalGiving Founder on Haiti: 'When You’re Poor, Everything Becomes Harder to Recover From'
By Tom Watson on January 14, 2010 | One Comment
GlobalGiving Founder on Haiti: 'When You’re Poor, Everything Becomes Harder to Recover From'

As the incredible depth of devastation in Haiti became apparent yesterday, the response online grew rapidly. Haiti and various related topics trended all day on Twitter,blogs and websites were filled with links to nonprofits working …

Tweeting the Pandemic
By Tom Watson on April 27, 2009 | No Comment

The very word “pandemic” can sow panic, activating dystopian nightmares of mob rule and societal breakdown keyed to cultural memories of movies like Outbreak and 28 Days. As the swine flu epidemic kills scores of …

Victorian Bushfires: Online Organizing for Relief
By Tom Watson on February 9, 2009 | No Comment

The photos and video are simply horrible to contemplate: vast firestorms sweeping entire towns from the Australian map, the flames trapping fleeing victims in their cares as they race from a scene of death and …

A Happy 'TweetsGiving'
By Tom Watson on November 26, 2008 | 3 Comments

CauseWired readers know that I really like “flash causes,” quick and nearly instant efforts to organize, activate, raise money and gather attention online. So I’m really enjoying the rapid roll-out of a nifty little Thanksgiving …

Post-Obama Organizing? It's Already in the Streets
By Tom Watson on November 19, 2008 | One Comment

Understandably, there’s been a lot of discussion in the last two weeks about the future of the powerful Obama Internet operation. Does the vast, empowered constituency serve as a virtual public advocacy campaign for Obama …

Not So Fast! Election Day Monitoring Goes Mobile
By Tom Watson on October 29, 2008 | One Comment

Just three weeks ago, social networking gurus Nancy Scola and Allison Fine of techPresident and the Personal Democracy Forum tossed out a big idea: why not use mobile technology and the kind of short-messaging techniques …

When News Becomes the Cause: Twitter and the LA Shake
By Tom Watson on July 31, 2008 | No Comment
When News Becomes the Cause: Twitter and the LA Shake

One of the chapters in CauseWired is about instant organizing campaigns, or “flash causes,” as I’ve called them. The biggest story in that chapter covers the wildfires in southern California last year and the work …

On 'Flash Causes'
By Tom Watson on February 7, 2008 | 4 Comments

In one of the chapters, I’m exploring “Flash Causes,” those instant campaigns that pop up online leveraging passion and technology. One section recalls my own experience with Pakistani civil rights figure Mukhtaran Bibi, one of …

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