You’re invited! [WEBINAR] Beautiful Trouble: Designing Campaigns that WIN

How do we effectively mobilise and campaign for change with limited funding, in repressed or closed spaces?

Innovation for Change in partnership with //beautifultrouble.org/ are hosting a webinar to explore strategic creative actions from around the world.

Join us as we share some innovative tactics used to combat autocracy and austerity and highlight the lessons, available tools, and best practices from progressive campaigns globally.

The details are as follows:

DATE: 16 August 2019
TIME: 12 – 12:45pm GMT
CALL LINK: https://zoom.us/j/509017787
PRESENTED BY: Nadine Bloch

Please register at info@innovationforchange.net to save your spot. We’ll send you a calendar invite ahead of the event and a recording of the webinar afterwards.

Nadine Bloch is the Training Director for Beautiful Trouble. As an innovative artist, nonviolent action practitioner, political organizer, direct-action trainer, and puppetista, she combines the principles and strategies of people power with creative use of the arts in cultural resistance and public protest. Her work has been featured nationally and locally, in newspapers like The Washington Post and magazines from Ms. to Time. She is a contributor to the book Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution (2012, O/R Press); Beautiful Rising: Creative Resistance from the Global South (2017, O/R Press) and We Are Many, Reflections on Movement Strategy from Occupation to Liberation (2012, AK Press). She is the author of a Special Report Education & Training in Nonviolent Resistance (2016, US Institutes of Peace.) and the co-author of SNAP:An Action Guide to Synergizing Nonviolent Action and Peacebuilding (2019, USIP.) Check out her column on the blog WagingNonviolence,“The Arts of Protest.”

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Call For Proposals: Public Diplomacy Small Grants

The U.S. Embassy Kingston Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that funding is available through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program for creative new ideas and projects that align with our Mission Goals and the 2020 U.S. Strategy for Engagement in the Caribbean. The programs should work to engender a more secure and prosperous Jamaica, increase mutual understanding between the U.S. and Jamaica, and promote the bilateral relationship.

Learn more: bit.ly/2yWDEqX 

#SparkYouthPower campaign on International Youth Day!

There is an available opportunity to join the #SparkYouthPower campaign on International Youth Day.

Young activists face many roadblocks when trying to create change, from lack of access to resources to tokenism and age discrimination. This year, CIVICUS wants to focus on inspiring the world with solutions that can help youth create impact!

On August 12th, use the hashtag #SparkYouthPower to express your ideas and existing solutions on how to improve youth participation in civil society.

Share your solutions on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook! We will be interacting with your posts during the day and amplifying your voice with the wider CIVICUS alliance.

Become a Youth Action Team Leader

The CIVICUS Youth Action Team is looking for new members! Applications are open for two activists from Europe, two from the Americas and one from the Pacific. They will serve a renewable mandate of 12 to 14 months.

The CIVICUS Youth Action Team is an established group of young members that provide strategic guidance on how youth participation issues can be better mainstreamed in CIVICUS’ programmes, and how CIVICUS Youth can develop new activities aimed specifically at strengthening youth participation in civil society.

If you respond yes to the following questions, apply here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YATnominations before 31 August 2019!

  •  Are you a young activist 30 years old or younger?
  • Are you engaged in your community through social movements, students associations, civil society organisations or community groups to promote a sustainable, peaceful and just world order and systemic change?
  • Do you belong to a network of young activists in your community, country or region in Europe, the Americas or the Pacific?
  • Do you feel confident in providing your perspectives and insights to the CIVICUS alliance on good practices to increase youth inclusion and champion meaningful youth participation across the alliance?
  • Are you eager and available to work with a virtual and multicultural team for the next year, have access to an international network of activists in the global south and be part of a team steering an international community of over a thousand young activists?
  • Are you a CIVICUS voting member?

Types of Members at CIVICUS:

There are two types of members at CIVICUS: associate members and voting members.

The latter can vote for YAT candidates, nominate and vote for Board of Directors members and have input on other strategic priorities.

Voting members are invited to contribute with a fee, but fees are optional for organisations with an income of under $80,000/year as well as for individual members.

If you would like to upgrade your membership, please contact membership@civicus.org before submitting your YAT application.

YAT Terms of Reference

Please read the YAT Terms of Reference before submitting your application form. Click on the link to access it: http://bit.ly/2GWbSj3

The application form requires you to answer a few questions and submit a short video where you explain why your involvement in the YAT will contribute to creating a civil society that is more inclusive of and accountable to youth.

Shortlisted candidates will be presented for election to CIVICUS Youth voting members in September 2019. Make sure to upgrade your membership if you want to vote!

Time commitment

YAT members are required to commit to 8 – 10 hours per month implementing the YAT strategy, which includes:

  • Attending monthly virtual calls
  • Providing feedback on CIVICUS youth programming
  • Acting as an ambassador of CIVICUS Youth
  • Mobilizing networks to improve youth participation in civil society
  • Contributing to CIVICUS Strategic Priorities

The application form will be open until 31 August January 2019 at 23:59 pm GMT + 2.

Please share this call with all regional youth networks and movements you feel should be represented in CIVICUS’ Youth Action Team 2019 – 2021.

Please e-mail youth@civicus.org for any queries.