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[liberationtech] Last Chance Register for Online Course in Open Data, Digital Organizing, and Good Governance. Starts Mon!

Nick Martin nick at
Thu May 10 14:40:34 PDT 2012

TechChange [] has a neat four-week online certificate
course coming up on digital organizing, open data, and good governance. It
starts this monday May 14th.  We've already got an amazing group of
participants assembled but there are a few spots left. The full four-week
course description is below.

Apply now:


Global Innovations for Digital Organizing: Open Data, 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 analytics

Apply now:

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)*

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.

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.

Cost: $495. Use the coupon code "liberation" and get 100 dollars off for
total of 395.

Apply now:

Nicholas Carl Martin
twitter: @ncmart
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