Organized protests and popular unrest involving a diverse cross-section of society are taking place in all corners of the world. Increasingly, those involved in these protests are turning to mobile tools and other technology to create and sustain this civic participation. Armed with these tools, citizens are demanding change and are sometimes even influencing decision-making processes through this form of collective action.
But how much do we know about the effectiveness of these tools in creating lasting engagement in other forms of civic life? What are the links between offline and online activism? If there are links, are there any conclusions to be drawn regarding age, gender, location and issues? What sort of effects are these movements having on traditional government structures, businesses and civil society organizations?
The Global Agenda Council on Civic Participation aims to understand more about how these virtually empowered citizens are creating social movements. The council will also develop new ways for governments, businesses and civil society to work with these movements in a way that achieves positive social outcomes.
Council Manager: Alexandra Lopoukhine, Community Lead, Civil Society, Global Leadership Fellow, Society and Innovation, Alexandra.Lopoukhine@weforum.org
Forum Lead: Nicholas Davis, Head of Society and Innovation, Member of the Executive Committee, Nicholas.Davis@weforum.org