10 tactics for turning information into activism

Posted on 05/11/2010

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Kubatana would like to invite 10 Zimbabweans to a morning of creative discussion, two film screenings and shared inspiration.

10 Tactics provides original and artful ways for rights advocates to capture attention and communicate a cause. It includes a 50-minute film documenting stories from around the world and a set of cards; with tools, tips and advice, for you to work through as you plan your own info-activism. The film has now been translated by volunteers into more than 20 languages and it has been shown at 100 screenings in 45 countries.

Elements of the tactics include these essentials:

1. Mobilise people
2. Witness and record
3. Visualise your message
4. Amplify personal stories
5. Just add humour
6. Manage your contacts
7. Use complex data
8. Use collective intelligence
9. Let people ask the questions
10. Investigate and expose

For added enjoyment and inspiration we will also be screening a documentary called Favela Rising. Kubatana is working in collaboration with the producers of this documentary to introduce it to Zimbabweans working toward peaceful and non-violent conflict resolution – especially useful as talk of new elections circle Zimbabwe.

A man emerges from the slums of Rio to lead the nonviolent cultural movement known as Afro-reggae. Favela Rising documents a man and a movement, a city divided and a favela (Brazilian squatter settlement) united. Haunted by the murders of his family and many of his friends, Anderson Sá is a former drug-trafficker who turns social revolutionary in Rio de Janeiro’s most feared slum. Through hip-hop music, the rhythms of the street, and Afro-Brazilian dance he rallies his community to counteract the violent oppression enforced by teenage drug armies and sustained by corrupt police.

Kubatana would like to invite 10 Zimbabweans to a morning of creative discussion, two film screenings and shared inspiration.

Teas, lunch and a small transport stipend will be provided. Unfortunately, due to limited resources, we are not able to provide transport or accommodation assistance for activists coming from outside Harare.

To be considered please email us one page telling us your motivation for participating and how you intend to use the knowledge you gain.

Please email your application to info@kubatana.net before 10 November. Only short listed applications will be answered. info@kubatana.net

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