Workshop: Communication and Security from 1.0 to 2.0

Coordination: NOVACT and Fundation for the Future
Duration: 2 days
Place: Palestine

From 10th to 12th October last was held in Ramallah training entitled Communication and Security 1.0 to 2.0 organized by  Foundation for the Future in collaboration with NOVACT. Both organizations stand out for their commitment to the promotion of democracy and human rights across the MENA region.

This workshop was addressed to young emerging actors and activists who work and use the media and social networks in order to document the human rights violations that occur in the Occupied Territories and as a tool to perform nonviolent popular mobilization and advocacy.

This course, therefore, was intended to provide a space where the participants -28 people, mostly members of the Palestinian Popular Resistance Committees come from many towns in the West Bank resistance (as Bil’in Nile ‘in, Nabi Saleh, Budrus, Qufr Qaddoum, Susser, Twan)-  think on the movements and campaigns they carried out, taking the opportunity to share real experiences with other activists and especially to learn the long history of activism and social media the trainers offered: Anxela Iglesias, head of communications for Ecologists in Action and Advisory Board member of NOVACT, Stephane M.Grueso 15M activist and documentary with a long career and Antonio Pita, a correspondent for seven years by the Agency EFE in Jerusalem and, also, a member of the NOVACT Advisory Board.

The training was divided into two sessions of 6 hours each. On the first day, Anxela Iglesias and Antonio Pita provided a framework of practical tools for making a good external communication and internal communication in social movements. So, they gave basic lessons to learn about journalism and writing communication materials required, and see how it can get the maximum performance. Then Stephane M. Grueso was deeper into social networks used today by social movements and in particular users, such as twitter and facebook.

The day ended with practical exercises where participants had to plan according to the specific communication campaigns in a fictitious situation such as campaign could be organized for young students of the University of Birzeit or a communication campaign preventing the demolition of a Palestinian village. The closeness and accuracy in choosing the case studies by trainers, facilitated a very high participation.

The second day was focused on training and ensure good communication within the organization or social movement, by Anxela Iglesias. Finally, Stephane M. Grueso began with a training on how to ensure security and provide for our movements and then he talked  about 15M as an experience to share with the young participants in the course.

The sessions were very well received by the participants and participation was very high. The workshop belongs to the project: Moving for Social Change in Palestine, Egypt and Lebanon.

About Masar project:

This training is also part of a larger project called Project Masar: Program of support to the processes of democratic governance in the Arab world .

From Spain to Greece via Lebanon to Tunisia, there is a growing wave of social movements with a strong base born with the desire to play an active role in new forms of organization and social communication. This project is the result of social struggles in the context of a real participatory democracy .

Facts that are as important as the democratization of access to new technologies (2.0). The Internet have fundamentally changed the way people communicate, forcing social movements to change the way they communicate to suit the new changes. Today, our actions are more visible, our role in the media more active  and our ideas can be disseminated more quickly. However, in this democratization of access to new technologies, we are facing new challenges and it is necessary to design and plan  communication strategies, including security as a starting point .

So the training is focused on the activists involved in social struggles to think of what type of communication is most effective for their movement and/or campaign and identify what level of security they need to do the work.