Networked Change: Real Stories and Research from the Front Lines of Today’s Most Successful Movements

Networked Change: Real Stories and Research from the Front Lines of Today’s Most Successful Movements

Session Type(s): Panel

Starts: Thursday, Jul. 14 11:30 AM (Eastern)

Ends: Thursday, Jul. 14 12:45 PM (Eastern)

Room: 224

NetChange Consulting (formerly Communicopia) recently released a report that maps the strategies and practices that made today’s most successful advocacy campaigns work while so many others fail to create lasting change on the issues they address. The result of a deep dive into nearly 50 case studies, the Networked Change report puts special focus on what we’re calling “directed network campaigns,” a model for building people-powered movements that are centrally framed and managed in a way that leads to staying power and concrete wins. What’s a directed network campaign? Look no further than the four hottest movements of the moment: #Fightfor15, BlackLivesMatter, Keystone/Tar Sands/Climate, and Bernie Sanders. Our session will unpack the strategic and operational elements common to these campaigns, and panelists will share real stories from the front lines running innovative campaigns that reflect these principles.

This panel features NetChange principal consultant Jason Mogus, Marissa Franco, the Campaigns Director at Not1More Deportation and, Faith Cheltenham, President of #BiNet, and Kyle Tanner, the Digital Director at #Fightfor15.



Faith Cheltenham

Faith Cheltenham

There were so many aspects to Faith Cheltenham’s life and work––writer, activist, lecturer, poet, digital strategist, stand up comic, survivor ––that she developed a single unifying “theory of Faith.” (It might be easier if you keep in mind Faith lives with hyperthymesia, or the inability to forget any of her own memories.) Then you too might be able to keep thefayth and settle into a future where gender and sexuality quite easily bend and every single Black life matters.

Faith got her start in LGBT advocacy as a Human Rights Campaign intern on the Gore 2000 campaign, and in 2002, she co-founded UCLA’s BlaQue for LGBT/SGL students of African descent. In 2006, she appeared in the Emmy winning reality series on race in America, “Black. White.” produced by Ice Cube.

After spending time working in corporate America doing digital strategy for Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York and co-creating and launching for Macmillan Books, she began to focus full-time on bisexual advocacy. In 2012, she was named one of The Advocate’s “Forty Under 40” and was appointed to the University of California’s LGBT Task Force. In 2013, Faith was the Co-organizer of the first Bisexual Community Issues Roundtable at the White House & in 2014, was honored to be a stage participant alongside President Obama as he signed the Executive Order protecting LGBT employees of federal contractors from discrimination.

Between 2015 and 2016, Faith co-organized four meetings with the Obama White House including the first livestreamed Bisexual Community Briefing at the White House in 2016. Every year, together with GLAAD, BiNet USA co-sponsors Bisexual Awareness Week (#biweek), a social media experience seen by millions that Faith co-created in 2014.

As a performer, panelist, or lecturer, Faith has spoken at locations as varied as San Diego Comic Con, New York Comic Con, Netroots Nation, Case Western University, UCLA & Yale University, on topics like intersectional feminism in culture, movies, and comics, histories of ancient African sexuality and bisexual intersectionality.

An award-winning journalist and writer who has had her spoken word poetry featured on Genius, Faith won her first writing acknowledgment from Parade Magazine at age fifteen for her musings on the racism she experienced as a Black Star Wars cosplaying kid in her native San Luis Obispo, California. Since then she’s been acknowledged by GO Magazine and The National Association of LGBT Journalists as a Black bisexual journo-advocate.

Faith has been published widely in South Florida Gay News, Advocate, Huffington Post, Washington Blade, and her personal blog, She has also been featured in various publications and outlets, including CNN’s Headline News, LA Times, Think Progress, Bleeding Cool, The Daily Beast, and New York Magazine. Faith identifies herself as a “Black bisexual intersex queer woman of color who came up transracial.” She’s also the proud mom of a gender creative kid, Storm (age 6).

Other sessions: #TalkingWhileBlack: Recognizing and Combating LGBTQ Racism

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Marisa Franco

Marisa Franco

Marisa Franco is the #Not1More campaign director. With family hailing from the mining towns of Sonora, Mexico, Franco was born in Guadalupe, Arizona. Marisa organized with low and no-wage Black and Latina/o workers with POWER in San Francisco where she co-wrote the book Towards Land, Work and Power. In New York, she was part of the trailblazing campaign to win the first Domestic Worker Bill of Rights and was a founding member of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Franco returned to AZ in the wake of SB1070, and subsequently joined the staff of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network where she helped lead national campaigns to stop deportations and turn the tide on the criminalization of migrants. She’s a regular contributor to MSNBC, Fox News Latino and other outlets and is the co-author of How we Make Change is Changing: Open Source Campaigns for the 21st Century.

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Kyle Tanner

Kyle Tanner is the nation digital director for the fast food organizing campaign. His digital chops are a result of organizing no budget/low budget campaigns across advocacy sectors where the option was DIY or Die. Prioritizing efficiency and utility over kittens, he designs digital campaigns that are driven by and integrated into the organizing spiral. He is learning how to recruit workers online, nourish worker-created digital hubs for communication and how to run digital strike teams in 100 cities on a single day