I was invited to give a talk on Digital Activism and India’s Anti-corruption Movement at Indus Business Academy’s Sixth International Conference on Situating New Management Philosophy: Nature- Mind-Technology on February 21, 2013. As part of my talk I also presented a pdf presentation on Digital activism and tactics used by the Anna Hazare led anti-corruption movement.
Participating organizations include leading technology firms, manufacturing firms, environmental organizations and movements, digital activists, academicians, students, researchers from leading organizations across India. The conference is also being addressed by leading personalities including Dr. Vikas Amte (noted social worker), Dr. A. Ravindra (Adviser to CM on Urban Affairs), Dr. Swati Ramanathan (Janagraaha), Dr. Venkatesh Hariharan (Red Hat and Google), Dr. Shazaad Shams (ICT4D, London), Dr. Aravind Chinchure (Reliance Innovation Council), Prof. K.B.Akhilesh (IISc), Mr. Vikas Malpani (Common Floor), and Dr. Yellappa Reddy (noted environmentalist) among others.
Photo Credits: David Huang
In October 2012 I conducted a training for Tibetan Advocacy Groups based in Dharamsala, India on “Email Writing for Political Action”. I have been engaged with the Tibetan community in India since many years first as a volunteer, then as the Grassroots Director with Students For A Free Tibet, India. After stepping down I worked with Online Organizing groups such as Avaaz.org and Change.org where I was trained in political action related email writing. I wanted to use this and assist the Tibetan community in improving their advocacy skills through emails.
In the first hour, we ran through some slides on the different components needed to write an effective email. In the second hour we explored some successful emails from different campaigns and different tools and platforms which can be used to mobilise support online. I also emphasized the need for maintaining a proper segmented email list and why is it important for advocacy.
Slide- Available on request. I am also available for any trainings, workshops related to the above.