Where am I?
Meta-Activism is a portal dedicated to providing strategic advice to activists and advocates around the world.
It aims toÂ create a just and sustainable world by increasing the effectiveness of change-making individuals and organizations.
Who’s in charge?
She was New Media Operations Manager for BarackÂ Obama’s first presidentialÂ campaign in 2008, managing logistics for a 60-person team at the campaign’s Chicago headquarters.
Outside the U.S.Â sheÂ has spoken in Germany, Spain, Mexico, Norway, andÂ The PhilippinesÂ about activism innovation and has trained activists in Switzerland, Croatia, andÂ TurkeyÂ to effectively use digital media. Â HavingÂ lived abroad in Morocco, Ghana, India, and Chile, she speaks French, Spanish, and elementaryÂ Arabic.
Mary has also studied global activism extensively. Â Â She is the co-founder ofÂ theÂ Digital Activism Research ProjectÂ at the University of Washington andÂ studied public policy at theÂ Harvard Kennedy SchoolÂ and nonviolent civil resistance at theÂ Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy‘s Summer Institute. Â While at UW she wrote herÂ masterâ€™s thesisÂ on defining success in activism and herÂ researchÂ was funded by theÂ National Science FoundationÂ andÂ United States Institute of Peace. Â For that research she lead a team that created a comparative data set of over 400 activism campaignsÂ called theÂ Global Digital Activism Data Set. Â
SheÂ is the author of the anthologyÂ Digital Activism Decoded: The New Mechanics of Change,Â published in 2010, as well as numerous guides and reportsÂ on digital activism and social movements,Â includingÂ Blog for a Cause! The Global Voices Guide to Blog Advocacy (2007) andÂ Watering the Grassroots: Â A Strategy for Social Movement Support (2015) .
In recent years she has shifted her focus away from uniquelyÂ digital activism, having realized that underlying strategy matters far more than any particular tool or technology. Â MaryÂ currently lives in Seattle and works as a consultant in the field of social change strategy.
How can I get strategic support?
You can get strategic support for your activism project inÂ 3Â ways:
- Read the content on this site: FREE
- Ask a question atÂ weekly video chat office hoursÂ or on the project Facebook page: FREE
- Get in-depth advice: Paid (sliding scale*)
*Although all content on this site is free, Mary does charge for advising, training, and speakingÂ services through her consulting practice, MaryJoyce.com. Â These services are charged on a sliding scale according to the following formula:
- Organizations: Mary’s daily rate = 1% of the executive director’s annual salary (ex: $80,000 salary = $800 daily rate = $100 hourly rate)
- Individuals: Mary’s daily rate = .5% of theÂ individual’sÂ annual salary (ex: $20,000 salary = $200 daily rate = $25 hourly rate)
- Pro Bono: If all individuals working in an organization are volunteers and if individuals have no source of income, Mary’sÂ rateÂ is $0.
Any questions? Â Contact MaryÂ and say “hi” 🙂