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August 22, 
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Distributed, directed networking. Huh? What's that?

    If we think about social change at all, most of us imagine that social change happens in one of three ways:

  • A transformational personality and faithful disciples. Think Gandhi or MLK.

  • Experts analyzing and engineering desirable outcomes to be adopted by Congress. Think seat belts and air bags.

  • A mass uprising of the oppressed that often collapses into chaos and despotism. Think the French Revolution or Bolsheviks.

    Now a new form of social change is emerging: distributed, directed networking. This new form seems to be uniquely 21st century in that it depends on digital communications and self-directed activists loosely connected and coordinated. Two recent examples are 350.org and Our revolution, an offshoot of the Bernie Sanders 2018 Presidential campaign. Researchers Tom Liacas and Jason Mogus have looked at this new approach with a critical eye to see how it works. In an article in Stanford Social Innovations Review, Liacas and Mogus identify four principles of distributed, directed networking.

  1. Opening to grassroots power. Leaders rely on their base to generate local action, strategies and tactics.

  2. Building cross-movement networks. Members of one social movement tend to join other social change groups and to share across "boundaries."

  3. Framing a compelling cause. distributed, directed networks spend less time on detailed analysis (a position paper for every contingency) and more time on meaningful slogans or "memes" that capture the interest of the public and the engagement of the activists. "Black Lives Matter" and "Fight for $15" are examples.

  4. Running with focus and discipline. Unlike movement predecessors like Occupy Wallstreet, distributed, directed networks have clear guidance from a set of leaders who can keep the activists moving in the same direction by coaching with suggestions and examples, rather than command and control.

"Campaigns in this group tend to share power and decision-making with their supporters, and spend significant time organizing and aligning their wider networks of allies. At the same time, they’re led by active central command structures that control resource management, framing, and storytelling, while also dedicating significant attention to political moments and media narrative work."  A more recent article in SSIR proposes ways in which distributed, directed networking can be a tool for established issue advocacy organizations.

    Theories of change are pretty dull stuff. Who needs 'm? RHINO suggests that the folks who ask "why don't 'they' do something about the problem" could benefit from a theory of change that doesn't rely on funding or an bureaucratic structure. Here's what we know doesn't work well:

  • Waiting for someone else to make change.

  • Waiting for "we the people" to demand change.

  • Setting an example of virtuous behavior (for example riding a bicycle to work to combat climate change) and hoping others will follow suit.

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What do you want to do? 
Mary Clark responds to CityScape story on Slumlords in Cincinnati.
"As an agent with a background in rental housing, especially multifamilies, I have always wondered what we can do to bring standards to investment and how to mandate some kind of education for any entity or person planning on purchasing rental housing in Ohio. This is a complicated situation but the lack of education for prospective investors seems to be an important aspect which is overlooked." Read more here.

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