Mary Joyce, whom I met a couple of weeks ago at an event tied to the release of Person to Person to Person, is asking for help on a research project. She’s particularly looking for folks in the developing world, but comments from other online advocacy practitioners would be welcome.
I was recently hired as a consultant by the NGO Res Publica to help them complete a research project for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on the topic of “e-advocacy in the global south”. Specifically, the report will look at the possibilities for citizens and civil society organizations to use digital technology (particularly the internet and mobile phones) to assist in activism campaigns in developing nations.
In order to include as many voices as possible in the final report, I will be blogging the research process on DemoBlog, my personal blog. Posts will be short, some simply asking a question, some presenting a conclusion and asking for feedback. You can participate by subscribing to the RSS feed and then responding to posts that interest you in the comments section or by sending an e-mail to me at MaryCJoyce@gmail.com.
I am particularly interested in receiving input from e-advocacy practitioners/enthusiasts in the developing world who would otherwise not be included in the information-gathering and consultation process.