We need each other… (The best words from Progress 2015)

If there’s one thing I took away from #Progress2015, it’s that we need each other.

We need to be actively build deep cross-campaign and inter-community relationships. Our causes are all STRONGLY connected and so are our audiences – but we as individual people are not yet, and we need to be.

So hi, I’m Luke. I run online comms for a union, consult in online comms for several popular hip hop artists and a heap of causes, and have been managing/admin in online communities since IRC in 1996.

I am very interested in the space where online communities and communication meets (positive) real world actions.

I’ve got experience in turning people out to gigs/protests/actions, crowd-sourcing for causes (or to get me to Progress!), obsessively following hashtags with up-to-the-moment live coverage of amazing events overseas when I should be sleeping, developing new friendships//meeting new people online.

Actually, I met many/most of the closest people in my life online before real life: Continue reading We need each other… (The best words from Progress 2015)

Missed the deadline. #100daysofblogging #Day76

Technically it’s Day 77 of the blogging challenge already; but I haven’t slept so I’m still counting this as a #Day76 post.

Today has been a busy day!

Working in the garden, sorting out stuff around the house that I’d been putting off for way too long, and having an interesting meeting with an important bunch of local activists.

I also put my (amateur) photoshop skills to work today, piecing together the banner below for the People’s Climate Mobilisation here in Perth on September 21.

All in all a very productive day.

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People's Climate Mobilisation - Perth, September 21, 2014

Non Violent Direct Action #100daysofblogging #Day69

This weekend I’m participating in a Non Violent Direct Action training / skills share / networking event.

Today was the first day of a 3 day event.

There were loads of people I already know and a fair few who I don’t. There are many who I have ‘known of’ for a while but never really got to know, so working closely together during this weekend has/will help develop those relationships.

A lot of knowledge and many inspiring stories were shared today. No doubt I missed a few tonight, while I have been out seeing the closing night of “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” at Roleystone Theatre.

Which was amazeballs by the way, and I’m not just saying that because my sister is in it.

Unfortunately I haven’t enough time to go into it all right now. Got home at 11pm, ate some food and now I need to sleep so I can get back to it tomorrow!

Hopefully I have a bit more time to fill you in then 🙂

The Internet gives me hope. #100daysofblogging #Day53

A snapshot of Internet ConnectivityThe internet is one of very few things which gives me hope for the future of humanity.

Well actually it’s much more than just ‘the internet’ as a tool which give me hope.

It’s not just the sheer volume of information. It’s not just the ability to communicate instantly with dozens of people from different locations all at once.

It’s more than that.

It’s the communities I’ve become a part of and the huge variety of people I’ve met online.

From the random US citizens I spoke to on IRC in 1996, to Iraqi bloggers I met online in 2004, to local activists I met through Twitter and Facebook in 2011.

The fact that I can meet these people from the safety of my own home has made me a different person than I would have been otherwise. It broke cultural barriers and freed me from relying on mainstream sources to learn about other parts of the world.

The shareware, freeware and open source culture of online communities supply endless, high quality free to use applications for nearly every task imaginable.  Continue reading The Internet gives me hope. #100daysofblogging #Day53

Life advice for activists: Avoid burnout #100daysofblogging #Day44

Avoid BurnoutToday’s post is about avoiding the activists WORST enemy – ‘burnout’.

Some of you will have experienced it before. In fact a lot of you probably will have. I have. If you are an activist it’s very difficult to avoid hitting the burnout point at least once.

A lot of activists never recover from their first bout of burnout, which usually happens the first time you get really involved in a campaign, and is especially common in campaigns which fail to achieve their aims.

Actually it’s kind of ironic I’m writing this now, at 10:30pm at night when I’ve just got home from an activist meeting.

But anyway, I thought I’d share a few pieces of advice and experience I’ve picked up along the way.

Continue reading Life advice for activists: Avoid burnout #100daysofblogging #Day44