Notes from Petri Merenlahti’s presentation on 28.11.06

I am gathering here some of the notes I collected from his presentation and will kindly ask all of you to contribute with other insights and points for the benefit of those that where not present, and for comparing ideas.

Petri Merenlahti’s presentation was IMHO extremly interesting. The analisis and work is an intermediate result of a larger effort inside the organization aimed at understanding what activism means, what type of activist do AI have and in general make a review of activist practices and identify future challenges. The project’s framework is 05-07 so I think we where quiet fortunate to have acces to this material.

I liked very much the way he started his presentation by remembering the main motivation of their work (mandate as he said): “to give tools for people to be activists for human rights”  Which fits nicely with the topics/objectives of this course.

To note down:– Most peope come to AI throgh school

– There are interesting differences between old/young activists

– Motivations vary but an important common factor is “feeling part of a bigger whole”

Challenges identified by AI (so far)

– Individual motivation

– Efficient Mobilization

– Develping activists into leaders

– Measuring and communicating impact

– Action reaction cycle

Discussion about possible future scenarios

AI as a partner ?(being invited even more by goverments and companies to implement, consult and develop human rights activities): Will this desarm their activism? Will tehy become irrelevant. This and other questions seem to be an important topic for discussion and reflection int eh organization

AI as a media organization ?

Magic formula:


R=results, N=number of activists, T= time, Q=quality, S=strategic impact, D=diversity

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