About Mary

Analyst, advisor, and trainer working at the intersection of activism, digital media, and personal impact. Let's collaborate.

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How Donors Can Support Social Movements

In this piece, created for a donor collaborative called the Transparency & Accountability Initiative, I suggest that the best way to support social movements is to fund as close to the grassroot as possible. Grassroots organizations can be identified by a range of indicators, all of which demonstrate that those directly affected by an injustice are empowered to change it. The grassroots… Read more →

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Activism Campaign Components (Includes Cake)

Note: cross-posted from Meta-Activism.org An activism campaign is like a Choose Your Own Adventure where you know the social change goal you want to achieve, have control over your own actions, but have no control over how the external world will respond.  How can you make the best decisions possible, given this uncertainty?  You use the tools of theory of change, strategy,… Read more →

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Concord: Guest Commentator on The Exchange

Yesterday I was a guest on The Exchange, NHPR’s daily morning call-in show hosted by Laura Knoy. The other guests were Ethan Zuckerman, director of the MIT Center for Civic Media, and Deray McKesson, who has emerged as a media spokesperson for the Black Lives Matter movement.  The topic was digital activism.  From the show notes: As internet natives, brought up in the… Read more →

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Seattle Progressives: Sign the Open Letter for Black Lives

Note: This is cross-posted from Meta-Activism.org I’ve been thinking about the Black Lives Matter action last weekend and the horrifying response by many progressives in attendance.   It was angry, intolerant, ugly, and – yes – racist. Bernie Sanders responded with irritation.  But the largely white crowd was far uglier in their hostility to the black activists who took the… Read more →