28 March 2009
This event will be of interest to many readers of this blog; perhaps even worth schlepping out to Boston to attend....
From Social Network to Social Movement
April 1, 2009
John Chipman Gray
2nd Floor, Pound Hall
Harvard Law School
*Public invited, RSVP required
Digitally-connected social networks are fast becoming a key ingredient of today's social movements. But scholarship about networks - social, professional, and otherwise - has only just begun to penetrate political science and legal literatures. This workshop seeks to propel that integration. Key questions will include: given recent research insights about social movements, and new technology enabling transnational social networks, what are the points of synergy between successful social movements and robust social networks? What do today's digitally-connected social movements teach us about the relationship between networks and movements? Are online social networks merely a laboratory for testing empirical claims about social movements, or do they exhibit unique network properties? Do they perhaps offer new political opportunities?
This conference will include three separate workshop panels:
Workshop #1, 10:00am-12:00pm: Structures and Properties of "Network Power"
Using the idea that network position affects network power as a frame for the discussion - what are the properties of social network power? -- network experts will present their findings and set the stage for the day's discussion about how networked action can create political opportunities. Panelists include:
* David Lazer (moderator), Associate Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Program on Networked Governance, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
* Wendy Wong, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto
* David Grewal, Junior Fellow, Society of Fellows at Harvard University; author of NETWORK POWER
* Damon Centola, Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Policy Sciences, MIT Sloan School of Management
Workshop #2, 12:15pm-2:15pm: Narrative and the Network
Narratives are a key component of successful social movements - both for attracting new members, and sustaining the identities of current members. Are social networks similarly constituted by shared narratives? Can we identify universal components of social-change narratives? Panelists include:
* Marshall Ganz (moderator), Lecturer in Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
* Amy Kapczynski, Assistant Professor, Boalt Hall, U.C. Berkeley Law School
* Thomas Hegghammer, Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University
* Tammy Smith, Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University (SUNY)
Workshop #3, 2:30pm-4:30pm: Networked Activism - Explicitly Networked Movements
The final workshop will examine current social movements that rely explicitly on social networking tools, asking what challenges they face and under what conditions they are most likely to succeed. Panelists include:
* Ethan Zuckerman (moderator), Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University
* Joe Green, Director of Facebook Causes
* Patrick Meier, PHD Candidate at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University
* Ben Wikler, Campaign Director for Avaaz.org
* Chris Csikszentmihályi, Director of the Computing Culture Group, MIT Media Lab
This conference is open to the public, although an RSVP is required to attend. Lunch will be provided for all individuals who RSVP. To RSVP, please email Amar Ashar at email@example.com by Tuesday, March 31, 2009.
Posted by David Lazer at March 28, 2009 10:09 AM