Live Webinar: Information Activism and ODR - Tuesday, October 30th @ 7pm Eastern/6pm Central/11pm GMT

Information Activism and Online Dispute Resolution: Partners or Strange Bedfellows?

Presented by Bill Warters



Information Activism and Online Dispute Resolution: Partners or Str... from The Werner Institute on Vimeo.


In this webinar we will peer into the exciting world of Information Activism and the use of networked communication tools to promote and defend human rights. We'll use the work of the Tactical Technology Collective as our jumping off point. We'll also tap into some conflict theory and consider the different roles that parties commonly play in social conflicts. With help from webinar participants, we'll try to articulate the kind of relationship we'd like to see between ODR (which most often seeks to resolve or cool down conflicts) and Info-activism (which often seeks to energize or heat things up). Students are especially encouraged to join us as we seek to apply and adapt conflict theory to current contexts.


Presenter Bio:

Bill Warters, Ph.D., is a faculty member at Wayne State University’s Department of Communication where he teaches courses on social conflict, mediation, and communication technologies and conflict among others. He is webmaster of, a site supporting conflict resolution in educational settings and developer of a new iPad app for conflict resolution educators. More information on Bill's various projects can be found at





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Thanks for the interesting talk tonight Bill.  I took a bunch of notes and am passing along the information to colleagues and students.

Also you and your students might be interested in a book I am editing on the digital revolution. I think info-activism fits nicely with the book and would invite you to submit a chapter proposal.  Here are the details on the book and the proposals.


sam edwards


Sam, thanks for letting me know about the book project. Sounds quite good to me in terms of topics that interest me. I'll definitely review the call for proposals.

Heres' the slides from my webinar presentation on Infoactivism and ODR. 


Here are the videos Bill references in his presentation. I am loading them in the order he mentions them. Enjoy!


10 tactics for turning information into action (Trailer) from Tactical Technology Collective on Vimeo



Tactic 2 - Witness and record from Tactical Technology Collective on Vimeo.



Tactic 9 - Let people ask the questions from Tactical Technology Collective on Vimeo.

The archive is now ready for viewing. You can simply hit play on the player embedded at the top of this page. You will also find the videos he references in the presentation available directly above this post. Please feel free to continue the discussion by adding any comments or questions within this forum. Enjoy!

If you would like to watch the full wimba archive with the poll and vide included, you may access it here:

Great to have the Info-Activism movies embedded here. Thanks Bryan!

Great information!  I shared this information with students in my international negotiation course today and sent it to a colleague in communications.

Thanks again for an interesting talk and opening up a new field to me.


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