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Dear XXXX!

We hope you are fine. We are very happy to write you to update you on the preparations of the workshop "Understanding the new wave of social cooperation: Triangulation of Arab revolutions, European mobilizations and American occupy movement" hosted at Berkman center of Internet and society (Harvard University), and organized in cooperation with the Council for European Studies (CES) European Social Movements research network and other Boston-based groups working in the area. The workshop will take place in March 21st 2012 from 9 am to 6 pm and then a dinner together.

The organization is going very well and we are very excited about the very rich group of people coming from around the world and connected to Arab Spring, European Mobilizations and OWS that will gather in the workshop!!!.

We created a wiki for the event. In the wiki you could find all the information related to the workshop (other participants, program, practicalities, etc.). Feel free to use the wiki also to coordinate with others.

In order to further shape the sessions on the base of participants interest, facilitate networking and exchange between the participants and create together a useful systematization of materials in the area; we are asking each participant to full fill a short "survey". You could find it below or alternatively you could full fill it directly at the wiki (which it would be more convenient for us). Please do this as soon as you can, and before March 5th.

Please let us know if you have any doubts, need technical help, you have suggestions or if we can be of any other help. You can contact us at or in Skype mayoneti

Thank you in advance. Looking very much forward to meeting you here in Harvard and discussing with you all!

Amar Ashar - Berkman center Laurence Cox - European social movements @ Conference of the European Council of European Studies Bruce Etling - Berkman center Rob Faris - Berkman center Cristina María Flesher Fominaya - European social movements @ Conference of the European Council of European Studies Mayo Fuster Morell - Berkman center


1) Name and surname: 2) Affiliation(s): 3) Small bio (or a link to a bio) & web: 4) Email: 5) Keywords/themes of work/involvement/interest: 6) Focus cases (i.e. Egypt, case, Housing movement in Spanish case, etc): 7) References or/and links to related work in the area (If there is an article or resource you would like to share password protected send it to mayo.fuster(at) and we will make it available under password protection):

8) Insights on the questions of discussion (i.e. references to research results, own criteria, etc.):

A) HOW (EMERGING ORGANIZATIONAL FORM AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES). Which organizational forms were adopted by the movements in each case? Which has been the role of the social media in shaping those emerging forms? Are there similarities in all the cases? What do those cases tell us about the conditions and organizational principles of collective action nowadays?

B) EXPLANATORY FACTORS AND CONNECTION BETWEEN THE CASES: Why did social mobilization happen in so many countries at once? Are there similar explanatory factors and historical trajectories that explain why the mobilization took place between them or not? Could we talk about a global wave of mobilization? If so, how are these different cases connected, if they are ? How can we know what the connections between movements are? What are the mechanisms of diffusion and translation between the several cases?.

C) WHO MOBILIZED AND WITH WHICH GOAL/STRATEGY: What is the movement composition (i.e actors and social base involved)? What are the significant cleavages between actors in each case? Are there similar cleavages across cases or is the local/national dynamic very important in shaping movement configuration? What are the visions/strategies of change of the mobilization in each of the cases? Is there a common political view or strategy between all the cases?

D) In which of the above clusters of questions are you more interested? Are there other questions that motivate you and that you would like to be addressed?

9) Any other suggestion, special requirement or comment for the organization?