Working at Greenpeace as an safety coordinator and in the lead to research the possibilities for digital civil disobedient actions. I have mostly worked on offline direct actions and we are now looking into new tools for actions. -------------------------
Greenpeace is a direct action organisation. We have been doing physical direct civil disobedience actions for 50 years now. Civil disobedience has always played an important part in evolving democratic society if you look for instance at womens’ voting rights, the civil rights movement in the US and de ‘klimaatspijbelaars’. The digital realm is becoming more and more important in all of our lives. That is why we are working on a research project on what digital civil disobedience can look like. This is something else than mere ‘clicktivism’. What are the differences and similarities of online and offline civil disobedience? How do you 'drop' a digital banner or how do we digitally 'occupy' a building or mine? During this talk we want to tell about this project and give you an insight look on how we prepare disobedient actions at Greenpeace.
This workshop is the hands-on version of the talk we will give on Saturday. We will shorty look at the research we are doing at Greenpeace on digital disobedience actions. Also we will introduce the 4 different action tactics we work with at Greenpeace, Direct Action, Mass Protest, Direct Communication and Photo Opportunity and use these as a basis to come up with digital actions.
The workshop and working in your group consists of two parts:
Part1: Brainstorm. Try to translate your action tactic to the digital domain.
Part2: pick the best action you designed and check if it is actually doable/feasible.
Final: present it to the whole group
We have identified two potential targets that Greenpeace is working on.... Who will that be? ;)