Next at #ORGcon: @tkingdot and @CCriadoPerez: can online campaigns effect real-world change?
While social media can be a cesspool, it's also a massive advantage to disadvantaged voices. @CCriadoPerez wants to point out that >
< while she is a Jane Austen fangirl, it was a campaign to get female representation on our banknotes, not specifically Austen 😉
She mentions having been on a panel for #InternationalWomensDay and being asked "what's your next campaign" and wanting not to have sth >
< take over her life in that way. And within hours realising all the statutes in Parliament Sq are male. Suggested maybe we need one >
< of the women who fought for suffrage being memorialised with a statue in Parliament Square. (Which conveniently sidesteps trolls >
< suggesting Thatcher, as tho she's only woman ever to exist.) She was successful: Millicent Fawcett coming soon…
There are more statues of men named John in the UK than of named historical women. #ORGcon
Other things @CCriadoPerez campaigned on include Twitter's abuse reporting and money to help @MSF help refugees at sea. What's in common?
"I guess I'm just a really uppity female" *applause* ☺️ #ORGcon
Not everything starts with a petition. Not everything is a public swell of feeling. If you're setting up a petition be specific & actionable
< a petition of "end patriarchy" isn't gonna achieve anything. Consider wording: how are you gonna explain the point to someone who >
< doesn't know what the issue is. Too many petitions are world-weary and uninspiring. Bear in mind also an online petition is a > #ORGcon
< a movement. The petition is just your data; the campaign is what you do with that data, how you engage that support base. #ORGcon
Lots of people seem to think @CCriadoPerez got a statue with a petition and a letter in the Region, ignoring weekly meetings at City Hall…
It's important to address petitions to the right person and to realise you have to work with your opponents — you have to be able to work >
< with people who want the same thing as you, for the same reasons, even if you disagree with them on everything else. #ORGcon
Media engineered a controversy btwn @CCriadoPerez's campaign & another campaign by "an unnamed Tory lord", who was rather less collaborative
He simply wanted the statue of Emmeline Pankhurst from Victoria Sq Gdns to be moved. Or duplicated(?!!) and had no interest in female >
< representation. This Lord suddenly started being a pantomime villain as the planning decision was coming up. #ORGcon
Plan is for the statue to be unveiled on 6 Feb 2018 for centenary of the Representation of the People Act granting suffrage to women #ORGcon
While social media also allows Nazis to congregate and send graphic threats, it also allows disadvantaged voices to campaign. Those >
< graphic threats are about fear — scared little boys afraid of the threat they perceive female representation to pose to their masculinity>
< but that's something we have to work with until we do have 50% of women everywhere
And if you want something, step up and campaign for it yourself. @CCriadoPerez is not our performing campaign monkey 😆 #ORGcon
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