This past week, at the 2020 Allied Media Conference, over 50 activists came together online to build a collective timeline documenting the relationship between the movement and the Internet - the past, present and even the future. It was a workshop jointly sponsored by Progressive Technology Project and May First Movement Technology.
In a unique convergence, the participants collaboratively used an on-line mapping program to explore the relationship between our movement and technology. It’s a relationship that has been complex, challenging and enormously productive. It’s now also being threatened at the very moment when its potential is greatest. To protect it from the attacks against it and to realize the potential of our relationship with technology, we need to study how this relationship got to this place and what that means for our movement and for technology.
We first reviewed an initial timeline which documents some of the most significant milestones in our movement’s relationship with the Internet.
Then the participants broke up into small groups to complete the timeline adding all the events in the past they consider important and also imagined events in the future that have and will affect our movement’s relationship to the Internet. Participants used the excalidraw collaborative drawing program to edit the canvas together in real time.
We then consolidated everyone’s contributions!
We have both the video of the workshop itself and the timeline graphic the participants produced.
We think this is an important exercise for our movement – for you – and we’re ready to help everyone do this kind of workshop. In any case, we encourage you to check out the video and time-line graphic.