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20 March 8:00 pm: (Optional) Informal dinner among the participants in town (particularly those coming from abroad) (265 Elm Street, Somerville T Station: Davis Square) – Please add your name to list of people attending the dinner if you plan to attend

21 March

9:00 am Welcome and introduction Room 105 in Hauser Hall
Coffee and baked goods will be provided
Lighting Round Introductions (30 seconds each) (15 minutes)

9:30 am – 10:30 am EMERGING ORGANIZATIONAL FORMS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES Room 105 in Hauser Hall Notes session
Which organizational forms were adopted by the movements in each case? What is the role of social media in shaping these emerging forms? Are there similarities among the cases? What do these cases tell us about the conditions and organizational principles of collective action?

  • Three short warm up presentation (5-7 min, each) on Egypt, Spain (Slides Mayo Fuster Morell presentation) and OWS cases.
  • General discussion: Participants working on the area: Mayo Fuster Morell, Beth Coleman, Alicia Solow-Niederman, Dalida María Benfield, Martha Fuentes-Bautista, Nagla Rizk, Alice Mattoni, Lina Attalah, Sasha Costanza-Chock, Rob Faris, Bruce Etling, Colin Maclay, Pablo Rey, Gabriel Schaffzin, Jeffrey Juris, and Jason Pramas, each participant's approach to the topic.

10:30 am-10:45 am Coffee Break


  • Two short warm up presentation (5-7 min each): Social Network analysis, text analysis, blogs, Twitter and MSM; and Occupy research experience.
  • General discussion
  • Ending morning Session Synthesis (5 - 7 minutes).

11:45 am-1:00 pm Lunch and move to new location
We will take lunch and then walk as a group to the Berkman Center, 23 Everett St., 2nd floor
Group picture at the Berkman Center entrance.

1:00 pm-2:30 pm: WHO MOBILIZED AND WITH WHICH GOALS AND STRATEGIES? Berkman Center Conference Room, 23 Everett Street, 2nd Floor Notes session
What is the movement composition (i.e, who were the actors and what social bases were involved)? In terms of the actors what is the continuity with previous mobilization waves, such as the global justice movement? What were/are the visions and strategies of change in each of the cases? Is there a common political view or strategy among all the cases? What are the significant divisions between actors within each individual case? Are there similar divisions across different cases, and to what extent are the local and national dynamics important in shaping movement configuration?

  • Three short warm up presentation Egypt and Tunisia; Europe and Greece; and OWS cases (5-7 min, each)
  • General Discussion: Participants with a particular focus on this area: Maite Tapia, Francis Dupuis-Déri, Ofer Sharone, E. Coling Roggero, and Marcos Ancelovici More on each participant's approach to the topic
  • Ending morning Session Synthesis (5 - 7 minutes).

2:30 pm-2:45 pm Coffee break

2:45 pm-4:15 pm: EXPLANATORY FACTORS AND CONNECTIONS AMONG THE CASES Berkman Center Conference Room, 23 Everett Street, 2nd Floor Notes session
Why did social mobilization happen in so many countries at once? Are there similar explanatory factors and historical trajectories that explain why mobilization took place? Is it legitimate to talk about a global wave of mobilization? If so, how are these different cases connected and how might we confirm and document the connections between movements? What are the mechanisms of diffusion and translation among the cases?

  • Three Warm up presentation Egypt and Tunisia contrast; Israel, Arab countries & Occupy comparison; and historical waves of mobilization (5-7 min, each)
  • General Discussion: Participants with a particular focus on this area: Maria Kousis, Nicole Doerr, Cristina Flesher Fominaya, Jeffrey Juris, Jason Pramas, Robert J. Wengronowitz, and Laurence Cox. More on each participant's approach to the topic
  • Ending morning Session Synthesis (5 - 7 minutes).

4:15 pm - 5:15 pm Final reflections and next steps: “Theoretical Take-Aways and Ways to Rethink Research” Berkman Center Conference Room, 23 Everett Street, 2nd Floor Notes takes final session
Addressing main or traversal questions that emerged during the day.
Brainstorming of takes from the workshop (Each says one or two takes) - Topics: Methods, Theory, and Comparability of the cases

Closing Remarks

6:00 pm Dinner (Optional) at Henrietta's Table (Please add your name to List of people attending the dinner if you plan to attend) (Please note that participants will pay on own for this meal and that we'll be ordering off of the 2012 Restaurant Week $33 prix fixe menu, which is cash only)

Post – workshop: Optional activities

22 March and 23 March (Optional)


Sneak in:

THURSDAY 9AM -1045 Mezzanine Longfellow Room Digital Politics and Collective Action in European movements

THURSDAY 11 AM -1245 Mezzanine Holmes Room The European Spring: 15-M, Indignados and Beyond

THURSDAY 4PM Mezzanine Alcott B Cultural Approaches to European Social Movements

FRIDAY 9AM Mezzanine Lowell Room Historicizing European Social Movements: Traditions, connections, ruptures

Public and open to all:

FRIDAY SOCIAL MOVEMENTS RESEARCH NETWORK LUNCHEON 12:45 to 2:00 pm - Mezzanine - Stowe Room 103.

FRIDAY 2-4 PM SOCIAL MOVEMENTS RESEARCH NETWORK PUBLISHING WORKSHOP 2:00 to 4:00 pm - Lobby - Parker’s Bar Laurence and Cristina Workshop

23 March and 24 March (Optional)

OccupyData Hackathon 2: Data Visualization for the 99%!

What: OccupyData Hackathon 1 brought you visualizations of 13 million occupy tweets (see summaries by OccupyResearch, R-Shief, Fast Company, and Utrecht University). People participated from Utrech, LA, Boston, NY, and Spain.OccupyData Hackathon 2 builds on the demos and tools from the first round, and turns our collaborative energy on visualizing the 5000+ responses to the OccupyResearch General Demographics and Participation Survey (ORGS), R-Shief Twitter #occupy tags aggregated since September 2011, and Occupy Oakland Serves the People survey, as well as other datasets people might want to explore. This event is not only for hackers or coders, but for anyone who’s interested. Bring your ideas, skills, creativity, questions and critical perspectives as we explore occupy datasets using free and open source tools and software. We’ll make connections from one place to another – open to all participants! The model is for people to arrange local venues for f2f meetups, work locally, and share/collaborate real time via skype/chat/twitter/google docs and etherpads, etc. If you can’t make it to one of the physical locations, you can still join in remotely.

How: Sign up here

Where in Cambridge: MIT Media Lab E15-432, 20 Ames Street Cambridge, MA 02139 USA ( Contacts for clarification on location and others: Sasha Costanza-Chock (schock(at)MIT.EDU) & Pablo Rey (Pablo(at) or

Locations & how to get there

Location: The workshop is taking place in two places

A Morning Session from '9:00am-1:00pm - Room 105 in Hauser Hall, Harvard Law School

After the lunch break, from 1:00pm-5:15pm- The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at 23 Everett Street, second floor

Link to map of directions from Harvard T station (underground station)

Getting there:

  • Wireless Internet access will be available at the workshop
  • Social Media Participation: Twitter / Identica hashtag: #21M
  • Other questions? Contact Amar Ashar at ashar(at)