By Holly Heiberg and Lynn Johnson
January 25, 2011. The day will be remembered as a symbol of nonviolent political change and what the collective will of a people can accomplish; it also permanently changed Egypt’s narrative and the nation’s collective identity.
Narrative matters. Narrative patterns in a community tell its members what behaviors are expected of them and reveal their underlying sensibilities of how the world operates.…
Three years ago today, on February 4, 2008, an estimated four million Colombian citizens gathered in the streets of the country’s major cities to demonstrate against the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC), an armed insurgency that the country has battled for 40 years. …
I wonder what Malcom Gladwell is thinking now about the relevance of social media as a tool for promoting social activism.
This week’s protests in Egypt, not to mention earlier mobilizations in Tunisia that managed to end the 23-year-long rule of President Zine E Abidine Ben Ali, seem to challenge Gladwell’s idea that social media doesn’t affect one’s motivation to participate in risky social movements.
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