Tag Archives: Social change

[In the news] Change-makers converge to enhance communication skills -RAPPLER.com

Change-makers converge to enhance communication skills.

March 25, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – A diverse mix of 40 young leaders from various parts of the country have converged in Manila for a workshop entitled, “Communicating for Social Change.”

The 4-day event provides an opportunity for these leaders to find their voice, gain new skills as facilitators of change, and grow their capacity for citizen action towards a more just world.

“Our goal is to establish an enduring network of young leaders who, as influencers in their communities’ dialogue, learn and act together to address global and local issues,” Amanda Burrell, country director of the British CouncilPhilippines, said in opening the 4-day event that runs from March 24-27.

“It is when the combined processes of communication and participation join forces that real social change starts to happen,” Burrel reminded the particpants.

Meanwhile, in her keynote address, Rappler chief executive officer and executive editor Maria Ressa stressed the power of social media in communicating social change.

“Social media transmits ideas and emotion. Everything we do ripples through our social network,” Ressa said, citing a study.

Read full article @ http://www.rappler.com/move-ph/2969-change-makers-converge-to-enhance-communication-skills

[From the web] UN Commission on Social Development kicks off with focus on poverty and youth

UN Commission on Social Development kicks off with focus on poverty and youth

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1 February 2012 – Poverty eradication, youth unemployment and socially inclusive policies will be the main focus of the 50th session of the United Nations Commission for Social Development, which kicked off today at UN Headquarters in New York.

For the next 10 days, the Commission will hold a series of panels and discussions on how to shape effective policies for the most pressing social development issues taking into account today’s challenges such as the global economic crisis and climate change.

The Commission will pay particular attention to the challenges young people face finding jobs as recent UN figures show that they are three times more likely to be unemployed than adults. Last year alone, 75 million youth found themselves without a job.

“With almost one in four young workers unemployed in developed countries and the majority of young people from developing countries working in the informal economy, the world is experiencing a youth unemployment crisis, which further propagates social instability,” said Milos Koterec, Permanent Representative of Slovakia and President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

“Hence, the youth will play a central role in the various social movements calling for democracy, equal opportunities and better employment.”

Eradicating poverty and ending inequality within countries will also be a priority for the Commission. A discussion on the Social Protection Floor initiative which aims to examine strategies for poverty reduction and empowerment of vulnerable parts of society was held yesterday as a way to reflect on key issues relevant for the session ahead.

“The Social Protection Floor is an important initiative. UN agencies and our partners are using this to integrate our strategies so that we can help protect people from falling or being trapped into poverty,” Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro told the Commission.

The poor want to lift themselves out of poverty. That is why we have to invest in social protection. That means food, education and basic services – especially for the poorest.”

The session also seeks to build political momentum ahead of the UN Sustainable Development Conference (Rio+20) in June. Ms. Migiro stressed that participants need to seize the opportunity to make an impact on the Rio+20 debate through their work in the session as it is intricately linked to poverty reduction, inequality and access to resources.

“In five months, we will have a chance to chart a path to a more sustainable world at the Rio+20 Conference,” she said. “This Commission knows that the future we want to chart in Rio is people-centred, inclusive, equitable and sustainable. It is a future where a healthy, resilient environment can support present and future generations. These goals must be one and the same.”

Other panels during the session will focus on mobilizing domestic and international resources for social development, incorporating persons with disabilities to the development agenda, and the social dimensions of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), a programme intended to accelerate Africans’ efforts to extricate the continent from underdevelopment and exclusion from the global economy. More than 16 side events will also take place.

Source: www.un.org

[Resources] Tips for digital activists (Series 2)

 This is the second part of our sharing of information about tips for digital activists.

Like what we had already mentioned in our first post on Tactic no 1, these useful information are shared from the advocacy group Tactical Technology Collective’s project which they call as “10 Tactics for turning information into action.”

“10 tactics” explores how rights advocates around the world have used information and digital technologies to create positive social change. It also came out in DVD form that includes films and set of cards in pdf format, filled with tools, tips and advice to help other advocates plan their own info-activism.

We are now sharing their Tactic No 2 entitled “Witness and record”


PLAN YOUR ACTION (Excerpts from 10 tactics card no 2)

● In Burma, bloggers and rights advocates faced significant risks in coming forward with their testimonies and evidence. How will you protect yourself and others involved in and supporting your campaign? Consider the digital trail you may leave: your IP address, email accounts, passwords, lists of friends you have on social network sites, the names that your mobile phones and SIM cards were purchased under, and the names and organisations that websites’ domain names have been registered to.

● Develop criteria for verifying the witness reports you collect and publish. Some citizen reporting platforms have been abused to accuse innocent people and expose dissidents’ identities.

● One way that WITNESS has protected the identities of people in video testimony is to not record their faces. By backlighting a person, you can record a silhouette of his or her face without showing revealing details. In this way, even if your tapes were seized, there would be no visual record of the people in them.

● Talk people through the “worst case scenario” if they told their story and their identity was compromised or revealed. This discussion allows you to get informed consent from people and can help you plan how to minimise risk.

To read more and download the 10 tactics cards visit http://www.informationactivism.org/en/tactic2video

[Event] Pursuing transformative programs for social change – KAMP


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Pursuing transformative programs for social change amidst the crisis
A Roundtable Discussion with Francois Houtart and Mamdouh Habashi
4 July 2011, Monday (12nn – 5pm)
Phaltra Building , 139 Matahimik Street , Teachers’ Village, Diliman, Quezon City

Capitalism has plunged the world into a multiple, interlocking web of crises – financial, economic, social, and ecological. Millions are driven out of their jobs and homes, further deepening poverty, precariousness, and erosion of living standards for the vast majority. But the situation has become more urgent as climactic crisis threatens the very survival of the planet and humanity.

Meanwhile, the US, EU and members of the G8 are addressing the crises with a new neo-liberal offensive through austerity measures that are detrimental to the interest of the majority of the people. Waves of resistance are mounting against the lowering of wages, drastic reduction of social and public budgets, and privatisation of essential services. In the Arab world, the explosive combination of political issues and the failure of neo-liberal economic policies e.g. liberalisation, deregulation, and privatisation to address worsening poverty and inequality have brought about upheavals that have overthrown authoritarian regimes.

In the Philippines, even before the crises, the prevailing elite-dominated, neo-liberal economy has already put the country at the edge of a social catastrophe, pushing about 70 per cent of the labour force to the insecure informal sector. Every day, unjust political and economic structures force half of the 92 million Filipinos to live in sub-human conditions.

Nonetheless, the crisis presents an opportunity for progressive forces to rally people around and push for transformative and doable projects that address their immediate and urgent needs, as well as offer the possibility of eliminating the structures of inequality and injustice.

For that reason, this roundtable discussion has invited key resource persons from Europe and the Arab world who have been involved in transformative projects that could widen further progressive spaces towards repudiating neo-liberalism and changing the structure of current power relations. The speakers offer something precious: people-centred alternative solutions to current problems with meaningful, transformative impact on the world.

DR. FRANCISCO NEMENZO, Professor Emeritus of the University of the Philippines and Chair of Laban ng Masa – an alliance of democratic left groups, will present introductory thoughts about the crisis and need for a thorough-going social change through transformative alternatives.

Afterwards, two resource persons will speak on the crisis and transformative programs they are pushing for – some already implemented, some being implemented. These speakers have long been active in the struggle for social justice:

FRANCOIS HOUTART, well-known theologian, philosopher, and one of the founders of liberation theology. He is a prime mover, with key international NGOs, for a new United Nations Charter entitled the “Declaration for the Common Good of Humanity” which shall seek to de-commodify and de-privatise common goods which are common heritage such as water, seeds, information, electricity, education, health services, etc. He pushes for worldwide provision of quality public services fundamental to life and a life of dignity. Such advocacy complements and pursues further the global advocacy of the UN and International Labour Organisation (ILO) for a global social protection floor that has proven affordable and feasible in developing countries. In 2009, he was awarded the Madanjeet Singh Prize by UNESCO for his “life-long commitment to world peace, intercultural dialogue, human rights and the promotion of tolerance, and in recognition of his outstanding eff orts to advance the cause of social justice in the world. He is ardent promoter of North-South cooperation and the founder of the Tri-Continental Centre (CETRI), a non-governmental organization renowned for its work on development issues and in the International Council of the World Social Forum.”

MAMDOUH HABASHI, vice-president of the Third World Network on Alternatives, co-founder of the Egyptian Socialist Party, and convenor of the South-South Peoples’ Solidarity Network. Most of what the Egyptian revolution has achieved in terms of democratic changes can only be attributed to massive popular pressure and courageous mobilisations. The present organising efforts by progressive groups provide the basis for much bigger rounds of struggle that will push for people-centred alternatives to replace the projects of the old regime and the Islamic fundamentalists. Mamdouh will talk about a people’s agenda expressed through a democratisation roadmap that plans for the gradual realisation of major political as well as economic, social, and cultural rights in Egypt.