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Online Activities for Party Educators Training

The Network for Social Democracy in Asia (SocDem Asia) partnership with the Olof Palme International Center, this online training was conducted to help political party educators from the member parties of SocDem Asia on how to integrate the use of online tools which have now gained widespread use because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures undertaken to address it. The training looked into digital and online tools such as Slack, Zoom, and others which can be utilized to create a good learning experience for trainees.

The training focused on increasing the capacitites of parties in conducting qualitative online trainings and academies such as on knowledge of how to plan and design for effective learning online, understanding of several online learning tools and their most common features, understanding roles and responsibilities that are required to lead and conduct online learning, and designing and facilitating inclusion, participation and the use of a group’s collective intelligence and experiences.

Participants were from Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, India, Nepal, Mongolia, and Timor-Leste.

SocDem Asia Webinar Series: Building the Momentum of Change

 "Now, in the middle of a global pandemic, organizing masses of volunteers virtually isn’t just an ingredient to winning progressive victories: it’s the recipe."

Emily Isaac, Sophie Lasoff, Claire Wyatt, Kohlee Kennedy, Hannah Bauman, and Shana Gallagher, 2020, "Taking on Trump and Beyond: Learnings from Bernie 2020 National Organizing Staff"

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We talk with the former members of the Bernie Sanders for President 2020 National Organizing Staff on how progressives and their organizations can maintain their campaigns for social transformation and substantive change. We look at the Bernie campaign's "distributed organizing" model and the need for mobilizing a strong grass-roots volunteer organization to address the present health, economic, political, and social crises and reflect on the recipes for winning power for the people.

Register now at https://tinyurl.com/MomentumofChange

Flattening the Strongman Curve: Defending Shrinking Democratic Spaces during Crisis

As COVID-19 continues to claim lives, many authoritarian governments are taking advantage and consolidating power in the pretext of effective and efficient crisis response.

What are the various ways that Asian governments have been consolidating power and shrinking democratic spaces as they ‘respond’ to the current crisis? How do progressives safeguard democracy and human rights in the time of the pandemic?

Register at: https://bit.ly/defendshrinkingspace