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Youth Activism Is in the Air at Schools: And All Over the Internet

Randy Paynter | Posted 10.01.2015 | Impact
Randy Paynter

From passionate commitment to temporary hashtag campaigners, childhood activism is a great thing to those of us who ardently believe, contrary to the adage, that children should be seen AND heard. As a father of two and an advocate for many social and environmental causes myself, it's exciting to see the growing number of young activists.

Why Cecil's Death Means More Than Walter Palmer Could Have Imagined

Randy Paynter | Posted 08.20.2015 | Green
Randy Paynter

As the uproar surrounding Cecil's petition continues to ripple around the world, it shows the rising desire from people across the globe to right wrongs and move society in line with their values. Petitions offer a constructive outlet for this desire. The results can be extraordinary.

How to Use Effective Online Advocacy to Grow Your List

Laura Packard | Posted 05.07.2014 | Impact
Laura Packard

The dirty little secret is that a lot of online advocacy doesn't necessarily accomplish anything offline AND it isn't growing your list either. So you...

What Changes at Say About us, Online Advocacy, and Our Movements

Isaac Luria | Posted 12.30.2012 | Politics
Isaac Luria

When I first heard the news of's departure from its progressive moorings, I was angry -- but not entirely surprised. The writing has been on the wall for years now that wouldn't remain simply a "progressive" organization.

Massive Online Petitions Decry CISPA

The Huffington Post | Timothy Stenovec | Posted 04.25.2012 | Technology

An online petition to stop the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) has reached nearly 800,000 signatures. The petition, launched ...

SOPA/PIPA Aftermath: Where We Go Next

Raven Brooks | Posted 03.20.2012 | Politics
Raven Brooks

It seems that SOPA and PIPA are dead in their current forms, but like zombies they'll be back under different names. I think there are a couple of lessons worth taking away from Wednesday's protest.

SOPA Protests: In Internet-DRIVEN Activism, It's the Customers and Users Who Matter

Colin Delany | Posted 03.20.2012 | Politics
Colin Delany

Here's an angle that just occurred to me about yesterday's widespread online protests against the "Stop Online Piracy Act": normally we talk about dig...

Food or Facebook for America's Homeless?

James Richardson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
James Richardson

The great tragedy of our American experience is not an individual's decision to waste their capacity for success -- lost, in some cases, on griping substance abuse, listlessness and even Facebook -- but our refusal to demand better of them.

Is it Unethical for BP to Buy Google Ads on Oil Spill-Related Keywords?

Colin Delany | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Colin Delany

BP's resulting landing page is neatly scrubbed of most oily nastiness, putting a bright face on the company's cleanup. Unethical? Or just distasteful?