Activists and NGOs are facing a global pushback. Technology is accelerating that process and we need to better understand how it’s happening. But technology can also connect us and amplify our activist response.
In reaction to the attacks we must tell our stories and strengthen our narratives. We need to get people involved in our causes, and use technology as a megaphone for engagement.
MEGAPHONE is an international event that provides space for collaborative discussions and peer-to-peer learning to brainstorm new ideas between activists, action groups, and NGOs from Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Caucasus, who are struggling in the era of polarization, disinformation, and social media algorithms.
The challenge this year will be – how do we recreate a huge part of what MEGAPHONE was about without seeing each other in person? How do we substitute the human connection, joint group work during workshops and casual talks during lunchtime? The short answer is we don’t. It will be different but an online meeting is still a meeting, it’s still a connection and we need those more than ever right now. We also feel like despite this incredibly difficult months that the whole world has been through there are some things to be hopeful about. This might in some ways be a chance for a re-start.
Let’s support each other, build new and strengthen the existing networks. Let’s meet at MEGAPHONE.
The working language of the event is English, so good command of the language is necessary.
MEGAPHONE is an event for activists from CEE and Central Asia whose aim is to understand and better respond to the process of shrinking civic spaces. The rules enlisted below apply for any and all conference venues, including sessions, workshops, after parties etc. and social media. We would like to all participants, sessions leaders, donors, volunteers and us – organizers to follow the below mentioned rules:
Code of Conduct and Anti-Harassment Policy Response Process: when there has been an incident or breach of this code, the MEGAPHONE team will confidentially review and respond to any participant who has experienced harassment, inappropriate behavior, or a violation of the code of conduct. The final decision on any disciplinary action will be made by a TechSoup Board and communicated to those involved.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Maja Durlik (email@example.com).
Thank you to ePaństwo Personal Democracy Forum CEE for letting us use their Code of Conduct as an inspiration.