Some news on the publication front. My new case study on 350.org’s use of “civic media technologies” to foster climate activism has been published as part of the Civic Media Project. In the case study, I talk about how 350.org has used online tools like mass email, event management tools, and social media to foster higher levels of participation from individuals deeply concerned about climate change. I hope it will be useful to anyone studying climate and/or online activism.
The case study is one of more than 100 cases collected by the Civic Media Project (CMP). From the CMP website:
The Civic Media Project (CMP) is a collection of short case studies from scholars and practitioners from all over the world that range from the descriptive to the analytical, from the single tool to the national program, from the enthusiastic to the critical. What binds them together is not a particular technology or domain (i.e. government or social movements), but rather the intentionality of achieving a common good. Each of the case studies collected in this project reflects the practices associated with the intentional effort of one or many individuals to benefit or disrupt a community or institution outside of one’s intimate and professional spheres.
The CMP is a project of Emerson College’s Engagement Lab, and includes a forthcoming print book from MIT Press co-edited by Emerson’s Eric Gordon and Paul Mihailidis. The Civic Media Project runs on Scalar, an open-source scholarly publishing platform.