Trending Now - Creating a New Political Momentum

Shortly before the US mid-term elections, the re:publica conference programme of the Sequencer Tour on November 5th looks at social media as a place to create political momentum. We’ll have a closer look on how progressive, democratic activists can apply digital strategies to democratic participation and political action.

Using extremist digital strategies to regain democratic power?
Extremist parties in the EU and the US have one thing in common: They create and sustain momentum through Internet activism, producing dramatic results at the ballot box. Long-standing political structures, on the other hand, are falling short in their utilization of digital strategies, putting democracy under pressure and creating a vacuum for new players.

The options available to progressive activists include a renewal of existing leftist parties, supporting (trans)national powers (such as the UN) and working on fundamentally new ways to build political participation from below. How can we rethink our democracy? What kind of role will digitization play in reconnecting politics and people? What can we learn from extremist strategies, and how do they work?

To discuss these questions, we are more than happy to welcome our panelists Benjamin Snow, Co-Founder and CEO, CivocracyIngrid Brodnig, Writer & Journalist, Honor the Earth´s Campaigns Director Tara Houska and Nandini Jammi, Organizer at Sleeping Giants. The session will be moderated by Erica Williams, Lead of the Creator’s Lab at Snapchat. Join the movement!