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Online Organizing: From Tahrir Square to Wisconsin

The first quarter of 2011 saw an explosion of social change - in the Middle-East and our own Mid-West. What are online change makers in New York learning? What conclusions should labor and community organizers bring home?

Those of us engaged in labor and community organizing have to wonder: did Egypt really experience a 'Facebook revolution'? What role did social media play in the resistance to Wisconsin Governor Walker's anti-labor legislation? How are unions responding to the real time changes in the organizing environment of today? With:

Libero Della Piana, Communications Director for the People's Weekly World. The runner-up for New California Media's Outstanding Young Journalist Award in 2001, Libero has worked extensively as a journalist and writer. He has been featured in such publications as the San Francisco Chronicle, Colorlines, Black Commentator and the People's World.Libero has also been a longtime member of GrassrootsCamp and Organizing 2.0.

Mike Elk, is a third-generation union organizer and labor journalist based in Washington, D.C. He writes for Harper's Magazine, the American Prospect and In These Times and has appeared as a commentator on CNN, Fox News, and NPR.

Eric Lee, the founder of LabourStart, is one of the premier theorists and practitioners of labor organizing online. He'll be joining us via video. Lee is based in London.

Charles Lenchner, co-founder of Organizing 2.0.

Elana Levin (Moderator), Communications Director of the Writers Guild of America - East, co-founder of Organizing 2.0, and well known labor/New York blogger.

Please make sure to arrive a few minutes early to make sure you get a seat, but don't arrive too early as the space that is hosting us, New Work City, is a co-working space and people will be working until 6:30pm.

If you want to beer it forward for this, send some cash via paypal to [masked]. $5-$10 would be great.

About the Host: NWCU

This event is part of NWCU, a community-powered learning program driven entirely by member participation. NWCU is a curated collection of classes, workshops, Meetup groups, and hackathons, all sharing one core common goal: help existing and aspiring independents build, learn, and share with one another, so more people can lead better, happier lives working for themselves. 

NWCU is made possible by amazing supporters of independents and innovation:

Google - Blackberry - New Work City

About New Work City

New Work City is a coworking space and community center for independents in Manhattan. We gather in a cozy shared environment to work, collaborate, learn, and socialize. All you need is some work to do and a friendly disposition!

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  • Brad G.

    Hello. I just would like to invite you to our first training of the Social Media Swat Team. It's Monday April 25th, 6:30-8:30. This will be a hands-on workshop with room for 15. This training will give you skills, strategies, and techniques that you will be able to take away and implement yourself. If you are new to social media or if you are skilled and knowledgeable all are welcome (let me know and you can lead a group). RSVP here!/event.php?eid=[masked]

    April 22, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was my first MeetUp and I was really happy I attended. The speakers were all deeply knowledgable about their topics and it was really interesting to consider the connections between Egypt's recent uprising and Wisconsin. Thank you all!

    April 21, 2011

  • William S.

    A provocative (in the best sense) gathering where useful insights were offered, and starting points for further activist/organizer gains can be exploited. Friendly differences of opinion were expressed and also welcome. All in all, a Meetup which has exciting potentials.....

    April 20, 2011

  • Manny P.

    An excellent meeting!!!!
    The panelists brought interesting insights into the present state of onlne organizing, which was punctuated by the statements and questions of community activists that were present. The attendees were definitely movers and shakers in the online activism field, which made the discussions even more interesting. :-)

    April 20, 2011

  • Libero Della P.

    I was a panelist and had a great time. There were thoughtful questions and comments. Hope others enjoyed it as muchas I did.

    April 20, 2011

  • Charles

    Crowd was great. Great questions and comments. Scott H. was there! Thanks Nate, Elana, Libero....

    April 19, 2011

  • Charles

    We'll try.

    April 13, 2011

  • Jess S.

    Turns out I can't make this one after all; is there any chance of posting it online after?

    April 12, 2011

  • Charles

    Just got it up. We're lucky to have Mike Elk joining us by Skype!

    April 12, 2011

  • Regina W.

    Any agenda for this one yet?

    April 11, 2011

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