CampCamp is our annual international barcamp focused on campaigning and communications for civic activism. It aims to help activists use technology for communication and find creative and innovative ways to build closer links with their local communities.

Over 100 activists from more than 10 different countries came to Tbilisi for CampCamp 2017. Together, they highlighted the breadth of challenges faced by the region and showcased the diversity, creativity and resourcefulness of its civil society.

From viral campaigns to reputation management, participants not only got to grips with the latest trends in communication and campaigning, but explored how creative approaches and technology can be used to better communicate their own causes, projects and campaigns.


Workshops

Alexandra Ustinova (Anticorruption Action Centre), Tata Peklun (Anticorruption Action Centre)
Communication battles. 10 tools and 100+ tips for media-lobbying
Galina Mosalova (Takje Dela)
“Stigmatized” topics and how to communicate about them
Jason Addie (ForSet)
Visual Storytelling: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly
Jury Saprykin (Project 1917)
EDUtainment in media: Project1917.Freehistory and Medieval Suffering
Alexandra Smetanenko (Garage Gang), Ivan Vedenin (Talaka)
Philosophy of crowdfunding, or why relationships matter more than money
Sergey Reshetin (Ecocup)
Out of fashion - Volunteer film festivals in the age of apathy
Viacheslav Tikhomirov (BestBrains Consultancy)
How to build your personal brand and manage your own reputation
Maria Nasedkina (Dyvovyzhni), Viktoria Alieva (Dyvovyzhni)
How to find your way in outer space. Strategic communication planning for civic activists.
Zhanna Baitelova (Almaty Soyle) & Alexey Shliapuzhnikov (Lebed Movement) debate:
Campaigning and advocacy in closed countries. Goals, methods, risks, audiences.
Maria Nasedkina (Dyvovyzhni), Viktoria Alieva (Dyvovyzhni)
"It’s as if we’re aliens” – How to engage local communities in civic activism
Dmitry Schegolikhin (Movators Idea Farm)
'Shame on you!' or 'Well done!' Communication that resonates in traditional Kazakh society
Alexei Shliapuzhnikov (Transparency International)
Crash course on dealing with aggressive media
Zalina Marshankulova (Mamihlapinatana Studio)
No Kidding. Promoting serious content in social media.
Andrei Misiuryov (Bremen Consultants)
Brave new world: how to find people who care about your cause
Genia Mineeva (Strategic Communications)
Celebrity endorsement and campaigns: what does and doesn’t work
Maria Sereda (PCSC)
Finding creative solutions

 


Speakers

Jason Addie

ForSet

Jason is a co-founder and head of technology at ForSet, a Georgian civic tech NGO specialising in communications for social issues using data, design, and technology. His passion is making data available, informative, engaging, and motivating. He takes lifeless 30 page reports from governments and organisations and turns them into stories that the public can understand and care about. He has been working with data and communications for over 5 years with local and international organisations including UNFPA, UNICEF, Transparency International and NDI. He analyses data, creates story concepts, storyboards, builds interactive websites and has contributed to more than 40 interactive web stories and more than 200 visualizations such as infographics, factographs, GIFs, and animations.

Julia Lashkevich

Advertising consultant

Julia is an advertising consultant from Belarus who works on both non-profit and corporate campaigns. Her clients include Mazda, KIA, Alpen Gold, Volkswagen, Serge, Unicef, Samsung, Unfpa, UNAIDS, ES, OBSE, Red Cross, Belarusian Children’s Hospice, Tamadog, Marusya, WOT and Castrol.

Zalina Marshenkulova

Mamihlapinatana Studio

Zalina is a former head of website promotion at the Kommersant Publishing House and the creator of the mad news aggregator Breaking Mad. She currently holds the position of an executive director in Mamihlapinatana Studio and runs the Women’s Power channel on Telegram. Zalina has worked as a journalist and creative director at various agencies, developing communications strategies for some of the world’s most important brands. She has also ran PR and social media marketing campaigns for companies including 2GIS (2ГИС), Audio, Crate and Barrel, and Victorinox.

Andrey Misyurev

Bremen Consultants

Andrey is a service designer who provides communication strategies for non-profit organisations. He is the founder of Bremen Consultants, and is a speaker for Teplitsa and Service Design Russia. His main goal is to develop products and services that carry brand values for commercial and non-commercial organisations and retain audiences. He studied at the British Higher School of Art & Design.

Jaromir Nemec

Nesehnuti

Jaromir graduated in sociology from Masaryk University in Brno and has been active in the non-governmental sector since the 1990s. For thirteen years, he worked with Hnuti DUHA (Rainbow Movement) – Friends of the Earth Czech Republic. He works as an independent facilitator and has created strategic campaign plans for a number of Czech and international NGOs, including in Transnistria, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Ukraine. He also works on boosting productivity, organisation and time management processes. productivity methods, work organization and time management. Since 2015, he has been cooperating with NESEHNUTI to coordinate the Initiative Way programme and work on projects in the South Cacuasus and Ukraine.

Tata Peklun

Anticorruption Action Centre

Tata is a board member and deputy executive director of the Anticorruption Action Center. She is responsible for strategic and crisis communications as well as for running media campaigns for anticorruption legislation. Together with her team, including fellow CampCamp speaker Aleksandra Ustinova, Tata helped pass over 20 pieces of legislation in Ukraine. She developed and launched the first public register of domestic politically exposed persons (PEPs) in Eastern Europe, which is being used as an anti-money laundering instrument. During the Revolution of Dignity she was one of the creators of the Euromaidan Facebook page that secured 200,000 followers and was used to coordinate volunteers and activists. She is also one of the founders of the YanukovychLeaks project, and worked at Center UA, coordinating the Chesno civil movement which publicly shamed MPs who had let their public connections influence their vote. The campaign helped to significantly reduce the number of MPs who voted “for a friend”. Tata was also an editor for Schemes: Corruption in Details, a project devoted to investigative journalism, and was a member of the journalists’ movement Stop Censorship, a part of Chesno: Filter the Power!

Yuri Saprykin

Project 1917

After graduating in History, Yuri started two popular VKontakte-based communities devoted to the Middle Ages and contemporary Russia: Medieval Suffering (275,000 followers. In Russian: Страдающее средневековье) and The Emperor’s Private Messaging (56,000 followers. In Russian: Личка императора). During his final year as a student at the Faculty of History at the Higher School of Economics, he worked as an editor at Afisha magazine and in social media for TheQuestion. After 18 months with The Question, he became editor-in-chief, before leaving to join Michail Zygar’s team working on “Project 1917: Free history”. At Project 1917, Yuri runs social media marketing and develops formats for special projects such as new texts, games and quizzes.

Dmitry Schegolikhin

Movators Idea Farm

Dmitry is an executive producer at comms agency Movators Idea Farm. He was involved in rebranding one of the most important banks in Kazakhstan and has run public communication campaigns for government organisations. He has also helped produce more than 10 viral videos and a number of social campaigns on issues ranging from recycling to society’s understanding of happiness. Dmitry specialises in running public communication campaigns in societies marketing by traditional values, such as Kazakhstan. He also has experience in viral marketing and campaigns designed to provoke reactions or invite skepticism.

Alexey Shlyapuzhnikov

Transparency International

Alexey is a security consultant for Transparency International Russia, and was previously their deputy director for regional development. He has been in his current role since 2016, and is responsible for building comprhensive security systems, monitoring operational work and training staff members. He also trains other NGOs and independent media outlets on areas of IT security, both inside and outside Russia, and leads the “Lebed” movement, the news agency ProVladimir, and the independent media project SOL. A former blogger himself, he is now involved in professional media work, and has authored several books about current Russian affairs.

Kristina Studena

Project co-ordinator

Kristina is a project co-ordinator who focuses on environmental protection and young people. She organises voluntary workcamps in the Ukrainian mountains to support sustainable tourism, and has been active in a number of Czech-based NGOs. She studied language training at university (Czech and German), and her PhD thesis explores experiential and innovative teaching methods.

Oleksandra Ustinova

Anticorruption Action Centre

Oleksandra is a member of the Anticorruption Action Center and one of the founders of the Ukraine Crisis Media Center. She has over 10 years of experience in the field of communications. She has experience in both the non-profit and private sectors, having worked for various NGOs and businesses.  She specialises in developing and implementing media strategies to support advocacy campaigns, and has supported the passing of 20 pieces of legislation in Ukraine with the Anticorruption Action Centre and fellow CampCamp speaker Tata Peklun. These have included bills on public smoking bans, tobacco excise taxes, HIV/AIDS treatment, and the establishment of anti-corruption bodies and public registers of property, assets and beneficial ownership structures.

Galina Mosalova

Takie Dela

Galina is a producer in the Special Projects Department of Takie Dela which develops a wide range of online projects, from documentaries and infographics to animation and feature films. She specializes in the development and realization of transmedia projects.

She has over seven years experience as a second director and producer and holds an MA in new media from the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences.

Galina’s vision sits at the crossroads of media and activism. Her aim is to destigmatize “difficult” social issues and vulnerable social groups.

Genia Mineeva

Strategic Communications

Genia runs a London based strategic communications consultancy providing campaigns and communication services to social enterprises, intergovernmental bodies and non-profits. She is currently providing strategic communications advice to Change.org. Genia is also a member of the Organising Committee at One Young World and is a mentor at Year Here, a Cabinet Office backed incubator for young social entrepreneurs in the UK.

She has over 15 years of experience in the media and as a broadcast journalist and has worked with a number of organisations including the UN, World Health Organisation, UNICEF and Richard Curtis’ Project Everyone. Genia was previously Director of International Communications at the Naked Heart Foundation where she was in charge of the charity’s campaigns, high profile fundraisers, collaborations and international media coverage.

Dodie Kharkheli

Chai Khana

Dodie Kharkheli is the head of Digital Communications at Chai Khana (chai-khana.org) and OC Media (oc-media.org). She works with an international team of media managers, journalists, filmmakers, photographers and documentarists across the region and puts their work in the spotlight using digital tools and social media. She has 10 years of experience in the field, having conducted trainings for UNAG, IWPR, PH International, GAU PR School, TSU, GIPA, and many more. She cofounded the digital agency, “Digital Avenue” and worked with top Georgian and several international brands with their digital marketing and content management.

Viacheslav Tikhomirov

BestBrains Consultancy

Viacheslav is the founder of BestBrains Consultancy where he works as a strategic communications consultant, leads workshops and trainings, and deals with personal brand building and reputation management.

As well as extensive communications experience in the private sector, Viacheslav previously held positions as Chief of Communications for UNICEF Russia, Chief producer at Vesti and developed and taught a master’s program on ‘Communication for NGOs’ at Moscow’s Higher School of Economics.

Maria Nasedkina

Dyvovyzhni

Maria is the founder and head of Ukrainian NGO Dyvovyzhni (Amazing). An activist and civic leader she previously worked in international organisations before making the move into the NGO world.

NGO Dyvovyzhni works to develop civil society in the regions of Ukraine through non-formal education, social initiatives and creative communication.

Ivan Vedenin

Talaka.by

Ivan is the creative director of Talaka.by, the first platform in Belarus to popularise the technology of crowdsourcing and crowdfunding for projects in the fields of social entrepreneurship, urban activism, culture, and the environment.

He has also overseen the launch of online magazine ‘Names’ which combines journalism and crowdfunding. It was the first media outlet in Belarus funded through its readers, not advertising, state subsidies or grants.

Sasha Smetanenko

Garage Gang

Sasha is a creative partner of NGO Garage Gang. She has over five years experience in the coordination of cultural and social projects.

Marina Litvinovich

Besttoday.ru

Marina is the editor-in-chief of the blogs for Besttoday.ru. She has extensive experience in on-line media including roles as editor and co-author at strana.ru, inosmi.ru, the Russian Journal, and gazeta.ru among others.

A political strategist and consultant, she has more than 20 years experience of election campaigns in Russia and abroad. She headed the election campaigns of Irina Khakamada and Victor Shenderovich and was a political advisor to Mikhail Khodorkovsky. As well as the organiser of many democratic rallies, Marina is an investigative journalist, organiser of the public enquiry into Beslan (pravdabeslana.ru) and author of book “The Power of families. 20 clans that control the Russian economy”.