Report on “Build and Develop Effective Engaging Content” Workshop — Alaleh Eghbali

(All photos courtesy of HAKAM)

Strengthening Civil Society Advocacy Through Effective Engaging Communication

NGOs and CSOs in the new world are continuously trying to engage audiences and spread their message across the public. It may seem that it is getting harder to reach people and get them involved in civil society missions, but it should be noted means of communication have changed; Social Media has changed the game. It has now become the main source of accessing and spreading news and content.


A large number of NGOs and CSOs in Malaysia still rely on the usual traditional methods of advocacy through press statements and forums. These medium have limited capacity to reach, and a limited opportunity of debate and discussions with audiences. In light of these circumstances, HAKAM has embarked on a social media training journey since 2016, with the first workshop “Leverage on Social Media for Impactful Social Change”.  The success of the first workshop, and the positive feedback from the participants, lead to the organization of a second workshop in March 2017.

In the second workshop, facilitated by‘s Lau Chak Onn, members of NGOs and activist gathered to sharpen their skills of content development for social media, and learn how to send their message in the most interesting, informative, and concise way possible.  Read more

Artist Talk: Taring Padi

Image taken Ilham Gallery's Facebook event page

Image taken Ilham Gallery’s Facebook event page

Taring Padi is a community of underground artists formed during the days of social upheaval, following the fall of Suharto in 1998. Initially formed by ISI (Institut Seni Indonesia) students in Yogyakarta, this group deploys art as a tool of information to highlight social, political, and economic concerns faced by the Indonesian populace. A voice for marginalised communities, Taring Padi creates art to both educate and provide a platform to raise issues faced by these communities.

Two of Taring Padi’s representatives, Mohamad Yusuf and Yunanto Setio Broto will be at ILHAM Gallery to talk about the collective’s history and its development over the years. The talk will be divided in three parts:

1. A screening of a 30-minute film: “Art, Activism and Rock ‘n Roll” which tells the story of Taring Padi’s early development and their activities when they were based at the Indonesian Art Institution’s ex- campus in Yogjakarta.

2. Presentation of the activist project by Taring Padi opposing the building of a coal power station at a fishing village in Batang, Jawa Tengah.

3. A talk about the making of the book “Taring Padi: Art Smashing Tyranny”.

This session with Taring Padi will be held at Level 5 of the gallery and admission is free. Seats on a first come first served basis.


Taring Padi ialah sebuah komuniti yang terdiri dari artis-artis underground yang tertubuh semasa pergolakan sosial berikutan kejatuhan Suharto pada tahun 1998. Ia ditubuhkan oleh sekumpulan pelajar dari ISI (Institut Seni Indonesia) di Yogyakarta dengan mengambil seni sebagai alat informasi untuk mengetengahkan isu-isu berkaitan dengan sosial, poltik, dan ekonomi yang dihadapi oleh penduduk-penduduk Indonesia. Sebagai suara kepada golongan yang terpinggir, Taring Padi menghasilkan seni khusus untuk mendidik dan menyediakan pelantar untuk menyuarakan isu-isu yang dihadapi oleh golongan tersebut.

Taring Padi akan mengadakan sesi bicara di Galeri ILHAM yang akan disampaikan oleh dua orang wakilnya, Mohamad Yusuf dan Yunanto Setio Broto. Sesi ini akan menyelami sekitar sejarah dan perkembangan kolektif tersebut sepanjang penubuhannya melalui tiga bahagian:

1. Tayangan filem pendek “Art, Activism and Rock ‘n Roll” selama 30 minit yang menceritakan tentang generasi awal Taring Padi dan aktiviti mereka selama mereka menetap di bekas kampus Institusi Seni Indonesia di Yogyakarta.

2. Persembahan projek yang dijalankan oleh Taring Padi ketika mengadakan kerja-kerja aktivisme dengan membentuk solidariti menentang rancangan pembangunan janakuasa arang batu di perkampungan nelayan di Batang, Jawa Tengah yang akan diselangi dengan tayangan filem pendek.

3. Bicara tentang pembikinan buku Taring Padi: Seni Membongkar Tirani.

Sesi bersama Taring Padi akan diadakan di tingkat 5 Galeri ILHAM dan masuk adalah percuma. Tempat duduk adalah terhad.

Report on on the “Leverage on Social Media for Impactful Social Change” Workshop — Justine Chew

(all photos courtesy of HAKAM)

Strengthening Civil Society Advocacy through Effective Use of Social Media

“When we change to way we communicate, we change society.” — Clay Shirky

Social Media has over the past 10 years changed communication between individuals, organisations and nations. This ever evolving communication technology continues to transform the way people interact and even the way they think.  That is the reason, Social Media now occupies a vital portion of many successful corporations’ organizational and business strategies. Governments have also recognized the power of social media – to further their causes and goals, construct and deconstruct societies. Government and politics are changed, and some destroyed, through the use of social media.


In other parts of the world, civil society leaders and organizations have long teamed up with technology and social media experts to address community challenges through social media and this partnership had created new interesting solutions for those organisations to better serve their community.

However, Malaysian Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have yet to leverage much on social media tools notwithstanding that (a) the tools are readily available, and (b) social media is a proven potent platform to shape conversations and influence opinions, facilitate speedier and more effective engagement and sharing of information.

“Old ways won’t open new doors.”

CSOs have in the past and still do rely on the usual traditional methods of advocacy through press statements and forum and town hall meetings. Traditional medium like these are limited in its capacity to reach and often offer very limited space or time for any discussion or conversation to take place between the speaker and the audience.

Under these circumstances, and seeing the limited success in advocacy campaigns by Malaysian CSOs in general, HAKAM developed and implemented a How to Leverage on Social Media for Impactful Social Change in Malaysia Workshop in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 16-17 July 2016. HAKAM’s strategy for this capacity building workshop was to engage and partner with social media experts to train human rights activists, CSO representatives and volunteers  in harnessing the tools and potential of social media, covering areas of technology and content for effective advocacy. Read more