Mobilizing Ideas is excited to announce the publication of a special series this month called “Informing Activists.” Coordinated by Jennifer Earl and Thomas Elliott (both at the University of Arizona), and in in partnership with the Youth Activism Project, this series includes videos from some of the top scholars in social movements, recommended readings, and other resources on topics ranging from framing to social movement consequences, all tailored to young activists, potential organizers, and/or potential protest participants. We hope you will share this series widely, especially with young people in your communities interested in working for social change.
Editors in Chief,
Grace Yukich, David Ortiz, Rory McVeigh, Dan Myers
The Youth Activism Project, which is sponsored by the MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics, has joined with Mobilizing Ideas to produce a video series designed to translate academic research on social movements into actionable information and questions that can be of use to young activists, potential organizers, and/or potential protest participants.
The MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics (YPP) is a network of ten scholars from various disciplines that have come together to understand how youth are getting involved civically and politically, including through sharing and producing civic and political content online. We are also interested in understanding the risks and opportunities that the use of digital media may play in these engagements. While the network invests in, and members conduct, basic research on these topics, YPP is also dedicated to translating relevant research findings into actionable information for young people, activists, educators, and/or policy-makers.
This video series comes out of that desire to connect young people with critical research on activism. We’ve invited some of the top scholars in the field of social movements to talk about what their research has to say about how to be effective activists. For example, David Snow discusses what advice his pioneering work in framing has for activists looking to improve their messaging. Holly McCammon discusses how her work in strategic adaptation helps guide activists in modifying their strategies to changing contexts. Our goal is that these videos can help current and future activists better plan their campaigns to achieve success.
Each page contains at least one video that we hope will help young activists make informed decisions about their engagements, a bio about the presented, and some suggested readings if someone is interested in a deeper dive into the topic area.
We hope you find these to be helpful, and welcome suggestions about new videos. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck on making the change you envision!
Table of Contents
Do movements make a difference?
In what ways do social movements make a difference? – Thomas Elliott
How/When do movements make a political difference? – Katrin Uba
How/When do movements affect culture? – Jenn Earl
When do movements shape public opinion? – Neal Caren
How does movement participation affect people’s lives? – Marco Giugni
How do movements influence elections? – Fabio Rojas
How do I get (more/new/different) people involved?
Who Participates in Movements and Why? – Bert Klandermans and Ziad Munson
What can be done about activist burnout? – Sharon Nepstad
How do I build identity and solidarity in a movement? – Rachel Einwohner
What should I focus on when I am trying to create change?
How much does the political environment affect my cause? – David Meyer
What are the best tactics for my cause? – Catherine Corrigall-Brown
How do I use online tools to help my cause? – Lissa Soep
What are the best targets for my cause? – Tom Maher
How do I adapt my tactics to the political environment? – Holly McCammon
What should I think about when I am creating an organization?
When do I need an organization? – Jenn Earl
How do I work with existing organizations? – Grace Yukich
How can I be more convincing?
How do I talk about my cause? – David Snow
What do I need to know about the media environment? – Deana Rohlinger
How do I stay safe?
What are the risks of activism and can I reduce those risks? – Heidi Reynolds-Stenson
How can I protect myself legally when I am active online? – Derek Bambauer
What else do I need to know?
How Might These Topics Apply to a Specific Campaign? – Elizabeth Armstrong