In this chapter we will discuss how to keep in touch with your fellow activists, how to formulate a message for your target audience and how to reach out to the press.
🎨 Visual identity: Read this guide on how to create a brand kit.
🆘 Crisis communication
Where do you want to share your message?
Social media: Stop mindlessly feeding the algorithm and start using social media effectively for your movement.
Chat apps: Learn how to use chat apps such as WhatsApp to broadcast messages to members of your community.
SMS campaigns: Spread your message and call people to action using text messages.
Phone banking: Have effective conversations over the phone on a large scale.
News media: Learn how to write press releases
Public speaking (not yet created): Learn how to give a speech during a protest.
🎥 Videos: Learn how to record videos of your actions.
📸 Photos: Become a professional photographer at protests.
🔴 Livestream: Learn how to organise a livestream.
🏡 Action back-office: Every action needs people who stay at home or in the office to edit and share media online.
The local context across countries can impact activists trying to communicate their message in various ways. For example, the political system, the cultural norms, the media landscape, and the legal framework can affect how activists can express their views, mobilize supporters, and influence decision-makers. Depending on the context, activists may face different opportunities and challenges in their advocacy work. Some general examples are:
In a democratic country with a free press and a vibrant civil society, activists may have more space to voice their opinions, organize protests, and lobby policymakers. However, they may also face competition from other groups and interests, and need to adapt their message to different audiences and platforms.
In an authoritarian country with a repressive regime and a controlled media, activists may have less space to voice their opinions, organize protests, and lobby policymakers. They may face censorship, harassment, intimidation, or even violence from the authorities or their supporters. They may need to use alternative or covert methods to communicate their message, such as online platforms, encrypted tools, or underground networks.
In a country with a diverse or divided population, activists may have to deal with different cultural values, beliefs, languages, and identities among their potential supporters and opponents. They may need to tailor their message to appeal to different groups and avoid alienating or offending others. They may also need to build coalitions and alliances with other actors who share their goals or interests.
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