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[liberationtech] TechChange Online Certificate Course in Digital Organizing, Open Data, Good Governance (Starts May 14th)

Nick Martin nick at
Mon Apr 30 13:21:14 PDT 2012

Hi Liberationtech Folks,

We've got a neat online certificate course coming up on digital organizing,
open data, good governance and tech. It starts in two weeks (May 14th).
 We've already got an amazing group of participants assembled from over 15
countries but we've got a few spots left.

The full four-week course description is below. We'll have a unit on Syria
and we'll be joined by folks from Amnesty International. Among other
topics, we'll also look at the role of Ushahidi and other mapping platforms
for good governance and Brian Conley from Small World News will talk about
information security as a citizen journalist.  We're also looking for a few
additional moderators to support our learning so let us know if you're
interested in being involved and we can send you more information. Any
suggestions for topics are also welcome. If you include "Liberation" as a
coupon code then you'll get 200 dollars off listed price of $595 for a
total of $395. Apply now:

Hope some of you can join!


*Global Innovations for Digital Organizing: Opendata, Good Governance and
Online/offline Advocacy<>

*Dates:* May 14 – June 8, 2012

*Summary:* Movements seeking to harness the collaborative potential of
rapidly advancing technology require an understanding of established
organizing principles, the capabilities of tools, and the context in which
they will be applied. This four-week online professional development
certificate course will evaluate case studies where new technologies have
been employed for effective change and what factors and contexts are most
influential on outcomes.

*The final project for this course will instruct participants to
collaboratively construct an integrated online web presence that includes
tools for social media, fundraising, contact management, blog, RSS, and

*Weekly Breakdown:*

   - Week 1 – Individual messaging: Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube case
   studies and best practices
   - Week 2 – Civil society organizing: Online petitions, donations,
   contact management
   - Week 3 – Political mobilizing:  Citizen journalism information safety,
   election observation
   - Week 4 – Open government partnerships: Crowdsourcing oversight,
   participatory budgeting

* Case Studies (and Speakers):*

   - Civil Society and Open Government: A New Partnership? *(Wayne Burke of
   Open Forum Foundation)*
   - Effective Social Media: Discussing the #StopKony Campaign* (Michael
   Poffenberger of Resolve)*
   - How Not To Die: Citizen Journalism in a Dictatorship *(Brian Conley of
   Small World News)*
   - Bridging Democratic Theory and Practice *(Barak Hoffman of Georgetown
   - Democracy 2.0: The Promotion of Democracy through the Use of New
   Technologies*(Darko Brkan of National Endowment for Democracy)*

*Featured Guest Experts**:*

Classes will feature interactive video discussions with the following


SEAN CARROLL*,* *Chief Operating Officer, **USAID

**Prior to becoming COO Sean served as Chief of Staff from March 2010 until
November 2010. Before joining the Obama Administration in 2010 he was
Director of Programs at the Club of Madrid for Democratic Transition and
Consolidation (2004-2010), a Spain-based NGO whose 75 members are former
Heads of State and Government from 55 countries around the world.


KATHRYN STRIFFOLINO, *Science for Human Rights Project Coordinator at
Amnesty International USA*

Kathryn has worked on initiatives including US-Latin America/Caribbean
relations, utilizing new technologies to document human rights violations,
and building the capacity of partners throughout the global human rights
movement to use new tools for their human rights work.


BILL SIEMERING*,* *President of Developing Radio Partners and the first
Director of Programming  of National Public Radio

**William “Bill” Siemering was the first Director of Programming of
National Public Radio and the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation genius
grant. He invented the first signature program of public radio, All Things

*Teaching Method/Class Format: *The entire course is delivered online.  ****The
total time commitment is a minimum of 7-9 hours a week. While the course is
designed to be highly interactive and social, we also work hard to ensure
that the majority of content can experienced in a self-paced manner.
Participants can also access all course content up to three months after
course completion.

*Lead Facilitator: *CHRISTOPHER NEU, TechChange

*Course Objectives:* The course is designed for working professionals to
assist them in understanding the roles of technology in organizing.
Participants should have an interest in the role that technology plays in
the democracy, development, and human rights. No specific technical skills
are required for the course. There are no prerequisites for this course.


   - $495 if application and payment is submitted by April 27th ($595 if
   application and payment is submitted by May 14)

Nicholas Carl Martin
twitter: @ncmart
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