November 6, 2015

Future of LGBT Rights: Seize the Conversation on Nov. 18

I’m a big fan of horror movies. The scarier the better as far as I’m concerned. One of the lessons of just about every horror movie is that you don’t turn your back on Jason/Freddy/Michael Myers just because you’ve knocked him down. He WILL get back up and he WILL come after you again. That’s a lesson the LGBT community…
October 19, 2015

Help the Refugees With Debt for Dignity Swaps

Last week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared Europe’s ongoing refugee crisis a bigger challenge to European unity than Greece’s financial woes. She reminded her own country that Germans should be proud of a post-war heritage based on the principles of dignity, human rights and the right to political asylum. Spurred on by the increasingly dire human and political costs of…
October 13, 2015

Social Advocacy and Politics: Twitter to the Rescue – A Social Advocacy Success Story

For many years I have been pushing my colleagues to more fully integrate social media into their advocacy campaigns. While many were using social media to raise awareness about their issues and mobilize activists to take action (with both direct social media appeals and peer-to-peer appeals to send emails to Congress), none were using social media itself to deliver the…
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September 30, 2015

#PeacehackDC Generates New Tech Tools To Counter Violent Extremism

Photo by Jillian Slutzker.  By Jillian Slutzker of Creative Associates International For 36 hours, nearly 20 peacebuilding experts and technologists huddled around laptops in a rush to hammer out new games, applications and tech tools to counter violent extremism as part of #PeacehackDC.  Hosted by Creative Associates International in partnership with International Alert, #PeacehackDC joined concurrent hackathons in Barcelona, Beirut…
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September 1, 2015

Social Advocacy and Politics: Handicapping the 2016 Presidential Candidates with Facebook

Candidate buzz on social media and in search engines has emerged as an interesting metric for gaging how well the campaigns are doing. Back in 2008, for example, while the last opinion poll in the field predicted that Barack Obama would win the New Hampshire primary, Yahoo Buzz correctly predicted Hillary Clinton would win. Unlike the polls, which were wrapped…
August 4, 2015

Sandra Bland: Overcoming Skin Color as Message and Messenger

#blacklivesmatter #sayhername Here in south Asia, Sandra Bland is leading the evening news.  Her death is resonating in an area where every daily newspaper chronicles women’s deaths by beating, being burned alive by their families; where Malala was shot in the face for attending school. My in-country counterparts are horrified by the story – and the treatment, over-all, of African Americans at the hands of U.S.…
August 3, 2015

turner4D Supports Hamptons YogaFest

“Healthy plants and trees yield abundant flowers and fruits. Similarly, from a healthy person, smiles and happiness shine forth like the rays of the sun.”  – B.K. S Iyengar As part of our business in the holistic health field, Suzanne Turner and I are leading a project to promote the inaugural Hamptons YogaFest 2015 being held September 18-20 on a cozy…
July 20, 2015

Tools of the Trade: Online Advocacy Platforms

What makes a good online advocacy platform? The world of online advocacy has changed much since the early days in the mid-1990’s. We’ve evolved from the first custom build-outs from CTSG. That was quickly followed by the first off-the-shelf platform for online advocacy, Capwiz; launched in 1996 by Capitol Advantage. Since then, we’ve seen greater power in targeting emails to…