In the hills of northern Italy, 135 people from 45 countries came together for Tactical Tech's 'Info-Activism Camp 2013: Evidence & Influence', from June 23-30.
The morning tracks were two-hour long daily sessions on four inter-related approaches to working with information for advocacy: Investigation, Documentation, Curation and Intervention. They laid down the building blocks for working with evidence for influence, giving advice on strategy, sharing participant experiences and developing new approaches together. Each participants chose to attend one track throughout the week.
Each afternoon, campers chose a lab to join. Labs lasted three hours and provided time to get hands-on and practical with specific skills and approaches to working with information.
Skill shares are an important aspect of our Camp model. Premised on the belief that everyone has something to share and teach, skill shares squarely challenge the idea of 'experts' and enabled participants to become facilitators.
Throughout the camp, there was a team of volunteer campers busily working away conducting video and audio interviews of their fellow participants.
The learning and fun didn't stop when the labs were finished for the afternoon -- there was a packed programme each evening.
The Intervention Track -- otherwise known as the "Beautiful Troublemakers" track -- was facilitated by the experienced and energetic Andrea Figari. Andrea is the Global Programs Manager at Transparency International (TI).
Max Richman came to Camp as a volunteer representative of DataKind -- an organisation that brings together leading data scientists with high impact social organizations. During the week, he also ably facilitated the afternoon Data Ninjas lab.
Angela Morelli and Tom Halsor were the experienced information designers and teachers guiding participants through the afternoon Visual Presentation lab.
Xena Mohammed came to Camp as a representative of the Heinrich Boell Stiftung Nigeria. She works mainly on issues of women's rights, sexual minority rights and access to information. Within the organisation, Xena is project manager for Gender Democracy.
Jean Brice Tetka is a programmer and activist from Cameroon, and is the founder of the Cameroon-based Social Innovation for Development Lab (SIDlab) as well as a non-profit organisation called Anti Corruption (www.kick-corruption.org). He also volunteers for several other organisations in Cameroon.
Marcelo is an activist from Brazil. He has been campaigning on issues around the Amazon for the last 15 years, ten of which were spent with Greenpeace. More recently, he is one of the founders of the non-profit Escola de Ativismo, or School of Activism (www.ativismo.org.br) in Brazil.
Jake Levitas did this quick and simple visualisation for us showing who was at camp. Thanks Jake!
everyone who helped make camp such a smooth and successful event. In particular, we are very grateful to: