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Spring 2012, Details
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Training 2
Thursday, February 16, 2012
4:00 - 5:30 pm
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"Social media for human rights: choosing and using tools for participation and action"

Facilitator: Sam Gregory
Sam is an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Kennedy School, and the Program Director at WITNESS (, the leading global organization training and supporting people to use video for human rights.

Suggested reading:

Case studies on social media and human rights that we will look at in the class and that provide background on social media and organizing in the Arab Spring:

More about the training:

This recent photo (via @SteveCase) captures the nature of social media as we use it in our daily lives. In this workshop we will ask: How does the social media universe translate to human rights work – both formal and informal, NGO-led or citizen-driven?

In this workshop we will:

  1. Take a snapshot of the social media landscape as it relates to human rights uses rather than donuts.
  2. Review participants’ own experiences
  3. Review selected case studies of structured social media usage for human rights advocacy as well as examples of citizen mobilization using social media.  
  4. Use a simulation exercise to engage with key insights

More About Sam Gregory:

Sam Gregory helps people use the power of the moving image and participatory technologies to create change. He is an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Kennedy School, and the Program Director at WITNESS (, the leading global organization training and supporting people to use video for human rights. He supervises initiatives that partner on impactful campaigns with grassroots activists, and train and support the growing number of video activists to use video safely, effectively and ethically. Within WITNESS ‘Cameras Everywhere’ Leadership Initiative he identifies solutions to the challenges, and ways to capitalize on the opportunities, presented by increasingly ubiquitous video for human rights - highlighted in the September 2011 'Cameras Everywhere' report.

Sam has created training tools and programs including the WITNESS Video Advocacy Institute, was lead editor on ‘Video for Change’ (Pluto Press, 2005) and teaches ‘Human Rights Advocacy Using Video, Social Media and Participatory Media’ (IGA-380M) at the Harvard Kennedy School. He has worked extensively with human rights activists, particularly in Latin America and Asia, integrating video into campaigns on a range of civil, political, social, economic and cultural human rights issues. Videos he has co-produced have been screened to decision-makers in the U.S. Congress, the U.K. Houses of Parliament, the United Nations and at film festivals worldwide, and have contributed to changes in policy, practice and law.

Internationally recognized for his expertise on emerging forms of advocacy he has published in human rights, social entrepreneurship and visual media journals including most recently 'Cameras Everywhere: Ubiquitous Video Documentation of Human Rights, New Forms of Video Advocacy and Concerns about Safety, Security, Dignity and Consent in the Journal of Human Rights Practice' (OUP, 2010). Sam graduated from the University of Oxford and completed a Masters in Public Policy as a Kennedy Memorial Scholar at Harvard. He was formerly on the Advisory Board of the Tactical Technology Collective, and is on the Board of the US Campaign for Burma, and the Advisory Board of Games for Change. He blogs at and tweets at

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