300,000 signatures from citizens who are eligible to vote - that's what's needed to make a nationwide referendum in The Netherlands happen. Many Dutch cities have similar provisions for local referendums.
In Rotterdam, tenants' organisations, residents' associations and political parties have joined forces to stop city plans to drastically reduce affordable housing. This month, they're trying to get at least 10,000 citizens - and hopefully many more - to support a local referendum about these plans.
The joint action committee's website, Woonreferendum.nl, uses Wordpress and CiviCRM to collect valid digital signatures and keep in touch with supporters and volunteers.
In this session, we'll talk about
- Woonreferendum as an example of how CiviCRM can be used to run social campaigns and grow their support base
- How tech lowers the hurdle for activists and organisations to use local and national referendums 'for good'
- Pros and cons of running Wordpress + Gravity Forms + CiviCRM and (desirable) future developments
- A short look at campaign tools like CiviEngage and CiviVolunteer that are out there and that you can start using right now
(Read this article in Dutch for some more background info)