Nonprofits from Around the World Gather for MobileActive07

Posted by KatrinVerclas on Nov 24, 2007


Nonprofits from Around the World Gather for MobileActive07 at Mobilefest
on Use of Mobile Phones in Economic Empowerment and Civic Participation

Sao Paulo, Brazil, November 23, 2007 – Ring, ring …Social Change is Calling: MobileActive is convening technologists and activists using mobile phones and text messaging for economic empowerment, advocacy, environmental and democracy campaigns from around the world.

MobileActive07 will take place in conjunction with Mobilefest in Sao Paulo, Brazil November 24 and 25th, 2007. “Mobile phones have become innovative tools for social innovation,” said Katrin Verclas, co-founder of MobileActive. “With close to 3 billion phones in circulation around the work, in many countries mobile phones are the easiest and least expensive way to communicate and are far more pervasive than the Internet. As a result, mobile phones have been harnessed by individuals and organizations to monitor elections, protect the environment, for citizen journalism, for urgent alerts, and for economic empowerment and advocacy campaigns all over the world.

MobileActive07 at Mobilefest brings together campaigners, technology experts and communications strategists to explore strategies and tactics for the use of mobile phones as an organizing tool, and develop useable guidance for practitioners, donors and campaigners to be disseminated widely.

Activists and technologists from Russia, England, Canada, Ukraine, Argentina, Mexico, South Africa, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Brazil, United States, India, and Pakistan, among others, will be attending. MobileActive is partnering with the web site Mobile Knowledge for Social Change for the event.

MobileActive07 at Mobilefest is generously supported by Nokia and

Katrin Verclas

MobileActive is a global network of activists and campaigners using mobile phones for civic action and engagement. We convene mobile activists, share knowledge and skills, and provide a peer network, training and resources to those interested in exploring mobile phones in their civic engagement, mobilization, and civic action campaigns.

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