Combining Social Media with Direct Action and Social Movements

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Combining Social Media with Direct Action and Social Movements

The problem-solution sets provide a method to detail everything needed to galvanize support for addressing a critical problem facing an NGO or grass roots organization.

Summary of the Problem

Description: This is a sentence or two description of the problematic situation facing the civil society organization

How do we combine the use of media with direct action/social movements, both online and offline?

Description of the Need

Description: This should outline the basic need that would solve the problem listed above. It might have technology options included, but must have a clear need that tech could solve in a number of different ways.


Who Needs This?

Description: Who is the owner of this need? Which NGO, community-based organization or group of people would better be able to implement their mission if this problem was addressed?

A range of different communities including NGO's, students, and citizens with initiatives.

Solution Space

Description: What are the technology areas you see as potentially solving this problem? (e.g., Mobile, social media, geospatial technologies, etc.)

  • Mobile
  • Social network
  • Geospatial
  • Offline/In-person/face-to-face

Use Case

Description: Provide either a paragraph or bulleted list of how someone might use a proposed solution that is developed

Through social media, hopefully

  1. Raising awareness and building localized social action
  2. Gathering information through social media

Existing solutions or relevant links

Descirption: What other potential information could help the technologists working on the idea.

What Resources Are Needed

Description: In thinking through the resources necessary to solve this problem, what would you want from the private sector, volunteer community, government, large scale NGOs, and/or funding organizations.


Follow-on Actions

Description: Once a potential solution has been developed, what is your action plan for implementing it? This should be a series of steps and milestones, ideally with actions assigned to specific people.