Every registered participant
can take part in:

Day 1


intro and hellos



WTH just happened?!? Landscape after the battle


We Are All Ulysses’ – leadership in the times of the great unknown

In the time of constant change and uncertainty we would love to find a solid ground and some directions. As usual, for every generation forced to live in turmoil, we believe our hardship to be the hardest to bear.

Activists are indeed struggling more than an ordinary person. They carry a burden not only for themselves, but, above all, for the world, which they're ceaselessly trying to change.

That's why a closer look at the archetypes – old tales and myths circling in our culture, we will find not only solace but wisdom for today. After all, we are modern Ulysses, lost in the sea of uncertainty, and through his story we can be reminded of our will to move forward, despite not having a map nor a sense of direction.


Lightning Talk: Infodemic

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11:30 - 11:50




Lightning Talk: Making “good trouble”

Feeling run over by all that’s happening? Feeling furious how it's dealt with? Feeling sad that you can't reach folks to fight for good causes because fear and insecurity reign?

We are here to share a highly effective medicine against fear. And no, It's not vitamin F. It’s a medicine that Eastern European countries master better than anyone else. Can you guess? 

Here a hint: It starts with an ‘H’

So if you want to hear about the power of ‘H’ and walk away with a stack of ideas that we stole from the OPEN network and beyond, for you to copy in your neck of the woods - often at no cost, then defro this session is for you.  


Lightning Talk: 5 things you need to know about protest in Belarus

In 2020 the whole world learned about Belarus. The elections and the brutal beatings of peaceful demonstrators that followed took the world by storm. The weekly protests have continued for three months now and have inspired thousands of democracy activists. How are the Belarusian protests different from anything we’ve seen so far? What can activists outside of Belarus take from these events?


Uncertainty loves you! Strategic thinking for times of uncertainty and chaos

Problems can be solved using tools and methods. Many of the challenges we are facing these days are not problems that can be fixed. They are complex patterns that we can kind of understand and that we hope to influence. Uncertainty is not a problem that can be eliminated, it’s a friend that we need to work with. I will share a few ways of thinking, adapting, and acting that might be useful, and that you are probably already doing.


Outro – what will happen next week

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Workshop week












welcome coffee


Before each workshop, we invite participants of the workshop to join us for a coffee/tea. We will be opening the workshops 30 min before official start and if you join, we’ll have a chance to come say hi, have a little small talk and pretend we’re not online but in a real place with real coffees and teas while preparing for the learning journey of the upcoming workshop.

09:00 - 11:15


How to Survive Online Meetings


Have you had enough of yet another confused and ineffective online meeting? Now is the time to change that! In 2020, the global pandemic has not only affected our health, but has forever changed our culture; and in particular our work culture. As travels become restricted and offices go nearly extinct, our ability to work well, together and online has never been so critical. This workshop will allow you to experience and reflect on engaging online meetings, and provide you with easy-to-implement tips and tools, to make sure your meetings are both engaging and effective.


Artivism - How to Use Art in Your Activism


A single image can reveal everything and one story can touch the peoples hearts and minds more than companies with millions of dollars for their PR work. Art is a very powerful and special tool to reach the people and convey the public. This workshop will give you examples and insights about how to create images and movies to transport your cause – and will then work on your own ideas. Let´s hijack the mechanisms of traditional media and reach people in social media, let´s disarm people in power with artistic interventions of civil disobedience! Let's take back the narrative!


Bringing Hope To the People: Communicating New Narratives


It feels like the world is going to hell: but there is hope, and we need that hope to make change happen. We don’t have to let populists set the agenda; we can tell our own story, based on our shared values. This is a practical workshop for generating alternative new narratives, practical story-telling strategies for bringing them to life and building the infrastructure for working together as a movement to change the narratives. 

Hope is goal-oriented thinking; hope-based communications is a smart strategy for grounding the way we work, the choices we make, and yes, the messages we communicate, in a vision of the world we want to achieve and the values we stand for. This is the only way we can avoid responding constantly to what populists and authoritarians throw at us.

We will start you on the journey to creating your own narrative that you can use to change the story and win the hearts and minds of your audience.


Zen Fu - How Cognitive Security Can Help You Keep Your Integrity and Lead To a Better Society


What if fighting disinformation is not the best strategy we have to improve our infosphere? What if we can change the world without fighting anything? The session will show a three step path to improve oneself in constantly changing challenges of contemporary infosphere by understanding our inner selves, embracing our integrity and using it as a basis for our future endeavours in securing the infosphere and increase of social cohesion. Tackling disinformation is important, but so is the ability to have conversations and create meaningful connections with others. Don't let attacks lose your cool and learn how to engage in challenging debates like a kung fu master. Protect your values by shining like a bright example of the very same principles, lead by an example and be the change in the world you want to see. Understand the principles of trust and empower yourself with empathy so you can become a true bearer of change for our troubled times.


Digital Well-being, Traps of Dark Patterns and Online Outrage


Most of the relationships between us (consumers) and services we use (run by a few monopolies or growth-addicted media) are widely recognized as broken. How do we achieve a state of comfort with the presence of technology in our lives in such an environment? How we can try to make this more even and humane?

Both our private everyday lives and our activism are tracked, feedbacked by and dependent on social media and mechanisms of attention economy. Ways in which we use those technologies and what we expect from policy regulation to keep us safe are more important than ever before. Bring your smartphone with you and let’s see how we can recognize and stop some of the most manipulating ways in which social media and mobile technologies screw with our emotions, focus, attention span and well-being.


welcome coffee


14:00 – 16:15


How to re-start - strategic thinking for times of uncertainty and chaos


Working with complex issues is never easy. Things seem to change on their own, surprises appear everywhere, strategy is designed and immediately fails.  In this session, complexity practitioner Chris Corrigan will teach some accessible tools for working strategically with complexity. Come with a project and prepare to learn about patterns, constraints and adaptive action. Let's take our work back into our world.

The biggest challenges we face as change-makers are the complex challenges. They seem to change on their own, surprises appear everywhere, strategy is designed and immediately fails.  Issues like racism, environmental breakdown, political culture and community development share common characteristics: they are not solvable with traditional problem-solving tools; nobody has the "right" answer; there are no "best practices;" and we have to learn as we work.

But there is good news! The tools and practices from complexity science can help us better understand complex challenges and be more strategic in making change while also building inclusive strategies for our movements.

Join complexity practitioner Chris Corrigan who will draw from his experience working with indigenous communities, social change organizations, and progressive initiatives in North America and Europe over the past 25 years. 

In this workshop, you will learn some introductory complexity theory and some simple skills and tools to address complex problems while building community. AND we will use these tools right away to work together on problems you are facing right now.


welcome coffee


Before each workshop, we invite participants of the workshop to join us for a coffee/tea. We will be opening the workshops 30 min before official start and if you join, we’ll have a chance to come say hi, have a little small talk and pretend we’re not online but in a real place with real coffees and teas while preparing for the learning journey of the upcoming workshop.

14:00 - 16:15


Changing Narrative Using Social Media and Digital Channels


Social media isn’t all about letting people know what you had for breakfast or how many times a day you have exercised. It has an incredible mobilizing capacity, which has given a chance to millions of people to have their voices heard. This session will look at how you can strategically use social media and digital channels to change harmful narratives and mobilize people for action. It will show you how you can create an evidence-based content strategy and put social media at the heart of what you do to serve your goals and objectives. We'll also focus on something important especially now - how to effectively use digital channels to fight apathy and isolation, by building a digital community of like-minded supporters. 


Community Building in the Fight Against Digital Injustice


In this workshop we’ll go into how you can use community building as a way to connect to people working outside of your usual field, and enrich your work with input from a wider network. Sharing experiences from Disruption Network Lab and Spektrum Berlin, we will go into examples of community building from the fields of art, activism, hacking, whistleblowing and investigative journalism, and find out how you can bring the benefits of increased community participation into your own work.


Why Aren’t We Winning? How to Craft Digital Organising Strategies that Create Real Change


This session will benefit organisations in understanding the range of effective digital organising approaches and how they apply to their specific organisations. We will briefly present key findings from the first report on the State of Digital Organising in Europe and share a measurement framework that participants can use to identify the type of organising methodology best fit for the advancement of their organisation’s mission. The hands-on participatory approach will aim to address barriers and develop solutions on how to transform the digital practice of each attendees organisation.


Making Videos While Being Bad at It


With platforms like Instagram and TikTok relying heavily on video, creating interesting and shareable video content to reach younger and more diverse audiences has become more important than ever. This workshop will provide practical tips on how you can film original footage for news videos and produce social-media friendly video content on just your phone. Led by Kassy Cho, a freelance journalist, producer and audience development strategist who has been pioneering an Instagram-first approach to social news videos and visual storytelling, this hands-on workshop will teach you:

  • How to use your phone to shoot footage for videos wherever you are
  • Best practices for filming people (and yourself!) 
  • Techniques for interviewing people for vox pops 
  • An introduction to producing vertical videos on mobile for platforms such as Instagram and TikTok

17:00 - 18:00

networking sessions


Networking online is always challenging. That’s why we wanted to create an additional time and space where participants could gather not just to meet but do it while discussing the topics from DAY 1 in more detail. During the “Networking sessions” (every day at 6 pm CET), we will start with questions collected during the speeches and lightning talks, and after that we turn the discussion over to the MEGAPHONE 2020 participants and session leaders to explore the topic deeper and exchange experiences. This sessions have no limit of participants, you just need to register.



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