As my first posting on the New Tactics website I thought I would take the opportunity to introduce myself to you, the New Tactics Community. My name is Brent Jensen and I am delighted to begin work as the Online Community Coordinator for New Tactics.
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We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our online Strategy Toolkit, available in both English and Arabic!
Our online Strategy Toolkit is a collection of resources and tools for building strategic thinking and tactical innovation. We’ve organized the material using the tested framework of our in-person trainings. We call this framework the 5 Steps to Strategic Effectiveness Method.
This resource has been developed primarily for human rights advocates, their organizations, coalitions, and networks to help better understand the importance and need for strategic thinking and to provide tools to help examine and determine what tactics might best help advance efforts to make change.
We’re trying something different this month! We’re adding four 30-minute Google Hangouts to our online discussion on Working safely and effectively with documentation tools. Join us for these Google Hangouts, watch the recordings in the online discussion, and add your comments throughout the week! Everything starts on Monday, June 9!
Schedule of Google Hangouts:
In the last few years, human rights defenders in the Middle East and North Africa region have been buoyed by hope for change and challenged by chaotic upheavals. Join us for a discussion about the challenges and accomplishments of human rights groups in the region.
We're excited to announce some new community-requested features on the website! Thanks to the help of Palante Technology Cooperative, we've added the following new features:
- Private Messaging
- Tagging Users in Comments
- Spell Check Comments
- Improvements to Search Filters
- Social Media Share Buttons
In November of 2013, we asked the community to help us prioritize conversation themes for 2014. We wanted to know which themes would be the most relevant to your work in the coming year. We heard from 86 of you and one of the most popular themes identified by you was Seeking Justice. After human rights violations have taken place, there is often a strong motivation to seek justice for victims.
In November of 2013, we asked the community to help us prioritize conversation themes for 2014. We wanted to know which themes would be the most relevant to your work in the coming year. We heard from 86 of you and the most popular theme was Mobilizing Allies.
In November of 2013, we asked the community to help us prioritize conversation themes for 2014. We wanted to know which themes would be the most relevant to your work in the coming year. We heard from 86 of you and 4 most popular themes that you selected were:
We’re trying something a little different with our New Tactics conversations. Over the span of 3 months (Sept to Nov) we’ll be hosting a series of conversations all related to the theme: Building Awareness. We believe that this will allow the community to dig deeper on topics that interest them.
Educating individuals and communities about human rights issues is critical to generate interest and involvement in human rights movements. Tactics to build awareness range from street theater and public art to media engagement and video activism. While helping to develop new allies for your cause, these tactics provide an essential starting point for public dialogue about human rights, and focus attention on those responsible for human rights crimes.
Thank you for all the kudos on the new website! We're excited to continue adding new features over the next few months. But in the meantime, we wanted to share some of the feedback we have received so far. Enjoy!