Distributed organising: from community action to national political movement

Eugene Flynn, 54 degrees

Nominated for the Care2 Impact award, the Right2Water movement in Ireland has grown from local grassroots community action into the largest national movement in the history of the State. Similarly in Spain the Guanyem (Let’s Win) municipality movement has grown from local communities to become a powerful movement for change, electing activists to city councils across Spain.

At a time when other countries struggle with the rise of far right nationalistic, anti-immigration organising, neither Ireland or Spain has a significant far right political party. Is there a connection?

Eugene Flynn will explore the growth of social movements in both Ireland and Spain. He’ll focus on the strength of distributed organising and how gaining power is about losing control. He’ll follow the movements from initial inception through gaining a mandate and onwards to electing members of Parliament. He’ll also, of course, look at the role of digital mobilisation in the growth of both movements.

The Right2Water campaign has reached a significant milestone and is on the cusp of victory. We’ll talk through:

  • where the movement is headed
  • the challenges of turning a single issue movement into a broader policy framework
  • how to continue to support local activists in their campaigns
  • how we can address the challenge that a biased corporate media presents
  • what activists in Ireland and Spain are doing to create a citizen media that speaks truth to power and gives voice to the people.