Powerline – GLEN project

Powerline developed a mobile application that provides civil society with the tools they need to lead, mobilise, organise and engage each other in meaningful ways. The project aimed to test, customize and fine tune the Powerline platform during GLEN’s multi stakeholder Strategy Process while also creating space to collect feedback on usability and features from CONCORD DARE Forum members for their operation and to study the ways technology can support and enable systemic change and participatory engagement.

The project took place between April – August 2015. You can find below the project’s background and documentation for further information. In case you have any questions, please don’t hestitate to contact one of the following three people in charge of it:

           

Project background

GLEN created two multi-stakeholder, participatory processes between 2013 and 2015, the Vision and the Strategy Processes, to better reflect its values of diversity and equality in decision making, challenging its internal power structures and to increase its contribution to transformational change in society. GLEN’s new vision and strategy also includes the building of an equal and fair Global Partner Network engaged in global learning and citizenship education. The Network faced challenges in the quality involvement of the ca. sixty partner organisations across the globe and the nearly one-thousand-member alumni (with ca. 60 active young individuals) in Europe. These challenges are also related to the sustainability commitment of GLEN: how to create an equal network with less traveling and more meaningful online engagement, collaboration and activism? We experienced during these two years that, although technology is not everything, making contribution easy helps tremendously to boost participation. Equally, if contribution uses unfitting technical solutions, it keeps many from engaging. GLEN is committed to both quality involvement as an indicator of equality, democratic internal procedures and sustainability in all our operations and therefore submitted an application in DEEEP’s Subgranting Mechnism scheme in 2015 together with Powerline as supporting partner to carry out a Capacity Building project.

The Powerline technology has the capabilities and objectives to support this development via its platform. Through personal experience and discovery, they have learned that NGOs of all kinds are experiencing critically-serious deficits in technology capability. These deficits are putting them out of touch with citizens and civil society partners who now expect the most up-to-date technology available. In short, NGOs aren’t keeping up with society’s technological advances, and the Powerline platform helps them catch up and lead forward with an empowering platform that helps the individual NGOs, thematic foci, individual participants, and, of course, civil society at large.

Documentation

This project was funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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