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Slacktivism

Why the Ice Bucket Challenge Is Not Good for Philanthropy

Jacqueline Herrera | Posted 08.24.2014 | Impact
Jacqueline Herrera

Shouldn't we just focus on the fact that people are becoming aware and donating, disregarding why? I say no. In the bottom of my heart and in the back of my business-oriented mind, I want people to care.

Stop Pouring Ice on Clicktivism

Ritu_Sharma | Posted 08.20.2014 | Impact
Ritu_Sharma

Social media posts of friends and celebrities taking the ice bucket challenge have been virtually inescapable in the past 2.5 weeks. However, also difficult to escape has been criticism for the challenge, its flaws, and doubts about its effectiveness. Even as the evidence that it was clearly working has piled up.

'Unhashtagable?'

Lina Srivastava | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact
Lina Srivastava

If hashtag activism builds on and replicate this assumed association between moral outrage and social justice through images and short communication, does it further offer the possibility of a more informed and effective strategy for social impact?

#IceBucketChallenge: Why You're Not Really Helping

Ben Kosinski | Posted 08.15.2014 | Technology
Ben Kosinski

If you've been on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram in the last week, you've probably seen it: countless videos of people dumping ice on themselves to help raise awareness of ALS. It's done a tremendous job at getting people to talk about a truly debilitating disease -- but that's mostly all it's done -- get people to talk.

Where Are the Peers?

David Sable | Posted 07.03.2014 | Media
David Sable

Community was once a place of action linked to emotion -- a powerful hub and spoke of social change. Nowadays anyone on a compiled data file can be considered to be part of a community. How the mighty have fallen.

Connecting the Digital Dots From Elliot Rodger to Alyssa Funke: Slacktivism, Reductionism and the Predictable Blame Game of Tragic Death

Clay Calvert | Posted 07.30.2014 | Media
Clay Calvert

The bottom line is that we often seem to engage in simplistic and superficial soul searching and feel-good social media activity. The danger is that we really may not be taking much real-world action. And the clearly cathartic and therapeutic vigils and protests we now hold won't last long.

Dislike: Facebook Activism Doesn't Translate Into Donations

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 03.13.2014 | Impact

Collecting millions of Facebook fans to join an advocacy group won’t necessarily bring in many fundraising dollars, a new study has concluded. W...

Can Your Retweet #endworldhunger?

Jacqueline Herrera | Posted 05.03.2014 | Impact
Jacqueline Herrera

Beyond liking a page, photo, or post, the real power of social media lies with personal thoughts and stories that will inspire followers to go further than a retweet and invest in causes through donating or volunteering.

Are You a Slacktivist?

Adam Grant | Posted 02.04.2014 | Impact
Adam Grant

As Seth Meyers said on Saturday Night Live, "Look, if you make a Facebook page we will 'like' it -- it's the least we can do. But it's also the most we can do."

7 Ways to Refresh Your Social Good Vocabulary

Charles A. Bentley | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Charles A. Bentley

What's 'crowdsourcing?' Where did the term, "shared value," come from? Whether you're a novice or an expert, the following seven buzz words are must-haves to follow along and join the social good conversation.

Malcolm Gladwell Is Stalking Me

Zachary Dominitz | Posted 10.22.2013 | New York
Zachary Dominitz

Malcolm Gladwell sat next to me yesterday. I was at this little coffee shop in the West Village. It's fairly new, and set up beautifully -- the whole ...

Charity: Give Money, Not Facebook Likes

www.theatlantic.com | Posted 05.03.2013 | Impact

In the beginning, organizations wanted you to like the heck out of their Facebook pages. Why? You know, community-building, awareness-raising, general...

Putting Action Back in Activism

The Brown Daily Herald | Posted 04.24.2013 | College
The Brown Daily Herald

A pink ribbon. An inspirational YouTube video. A group of women dancing. What do these things have in common? While they are symbols of important movements, they are also symbols of a dangerous trend in activism: "slacktivism."

7 Ways to Refresh Your 'Social Good' Vocabulary in 2013

Impatient Optimists | Posted 03.19.2013 | Impact
Impatient Optimists

It's 2013 and now more than ever we have an excuse to revisit the basics in all-things social good. Whether you're a novice or an expert, the following seven buzz words are must-haves.

Millennials Think Apple Is Second To President In Creating Change: Study

Posted 10.23.2012 | Impact

Ian Wong is not a slacker. While balancing the rigor of med school, he started a nonprofit in Cleveland, Ohio, dedicated to bringing fresh foods to ur...

Changing the Face(book) of Social Activism

Mark Pfeifle | Posted 08.14.2012 | Technology
Mark Pfeifle

While true that "slacktavism," online bullying, and unprecedented threats to our privacy are challenges, few could argue that social media has not vastly facilitated political involvement. The results have been impressive, if not always as dramatic as the Arab Spring.

When the Little Guy's Tools for Change Are Co-opted

Mathilde Dratwa | Posted 07.09.2012 | Impact
Mathilde Dratwa

Should change.org censor content? The company's mission is to "fight for what's right." But if it allows "anyone, anywhere" to start a petition, then who defines "what's right?"

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 ...

Finally, a Way Forward for Social Media and Social Justice

Turnstyle | Posted 06.13.2012 | Impact
Turnstyle

Social media is becoming an increasingly valuable tool for social justice advocates through its capability to help shape the national discourse surrounding issues, as two recent examples from two very different spheres of the web prove.

Latino-Focused Online Activism: Does It Work?

Elianne Ramos | Posted 06.05.2012 | Latino Voices
Elianne Ramos

Any and all efforts that can potentially awaken our consciousness and drive us to individual and collective ownership and action over issues, are completely worth it, in my book.

How Social Science Could Help Build a Better Kony Campaign

Jamil Zaki | Posted 05.30.2012 | Science
Jamil Zaki

Kony 2012's story raises a concern about viral activism: bringing awareness to a righteous cause may in fact fail to produce action. Social scientists have studied this tension for decades, and their research sheds light on how viral campaigns for activism can work.

No Elections!? See Why Silicon Valley Is Listening

Turnstyle | Posted 05.26.2012 | Technology
Turnstyle

By: Noah J. Nelson In the first part of our interview, we introduced you to Jim Gilliam, CEO and co-founder of NationBuilder. The service is, in brie...

Notes on Slacktivism

John Conway | Posted 05.25.2012 | Impact
John Conway

Slacktivism is often defined as merely a feel-good measure that requires little personal effort or sacrifice on the part of an individual that has little practical impact in actually helping the involved cause. But ignore slacktivism at your own peril.

Don't Dismiss 'Slacktivists' -- Give Them The Tools To Do More

Bob McKinnon | Posted 05.25.2012 | Impact
Bob McKinnon

How does social change happen - with marches or clicks? To anyone who grew up in the 60's this seems like an absurd, if not offensive question. But t...

The Difference Between Slacktivism And Activism: How 'Kony 2012' Is Narrowing The Gap

Evan Bailyn | Posted 05.19.2012 | Impact
Evan Bailyn

Is posting online about an important issue really "slacking"? If so, what would doing nothing be?