'Breaking Digital'

Comparing and contrasting digitally enabled and 'brick and mortar' NGOs in a real world scenario

Transnational NGOs increasingly work across a continuum between fully digitally enabled forms of action and the activities of traditional, ‘brick and mortar’ NGOs. Digitally enabled campaigning as well as fundraising are particularly attractive to younger generations of civic actors. What are the comparative advantages, strength and weaknesses of various forms of civil society across the spectrum, where do they compete and where is there scope for collaboration? Based on a real world scenario, NGO leaders across the spectrum as well as academics will compare their Theories of Change, goals, strategies and tactics, organizational as well as leadership characteristics in an exciting debate on April 2nd in Washington DC. You can attend the event in DC or participate in the ICT Global Collaboratory at the Maxwell School where the event will be live streamed.                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Watch the full event here: 'Breaking Digital'                                                                               


Debate participants include: 

Michael Silberman, Global Director of the Digital Mobilization Lab, Greenpeace

Robtel Neajai Pailey, Liberian Academic/Activist/Author, SOAS, University of London 

Ben Wikler, Washington Director, MoveOn.org                                                                          

Jason Cone, Communications Director, MSF USA/Doctors without Borders

Blair Glencorse, Founder and Executive Director, Accountability Lab  

Andrea Koppel, VP of Global Engagement and Policy, Mercy Corps

Mark Smith, Senior Director for Humanitarian Emergencies, World Vision USA

Steven Livingston, Professor, George Washington University

Dave Karpf, Professor, George Washington University  

*Check out participant biographies*                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Event Specifics:

Date: Thursday April 2nd, 2015

Time: 1.30 – 5pm EDT

Venue: Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington DC  

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Organized by the Transnational NGO Initiative and sponsored by the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, Maxwell School, Syracuse University