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Net Social Change [Author Submission].pdf
Cases on Grassroots Campaigns for Community Empowerment and Social Change. Advances in Electronic Government (2015)
  • Subas P Dhakal
Abstract
The notion of empowerment broadly refers to the ability of actors to fulfil their missions. However, assessing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) specific contributions to this remains an exigent task in the context of grassroots organizations. The objective of this chapter is to analyse the differences in levels of empowerment between ICT adopters and non-adopters Grassroots Environmental Organizations (GEOs) in Perth, Western Australia. The chapter draws on organizational empowerment theory and proposes an evaluation framework to assess ICT-mediated empowerment for sustainable development. Utilizing a survey of GEOs and interviews with leaders, the chapter unravels the contributions of ICTs in enabling these grassroots actors. The chapter ends with the discussion on the need for overcoming digital divide and recommends strategic support for GEOs that are either not able to or not willing to keep up with the emerging trend of ICTs.
Keywords
  • Digital divide,
  • Extra-organizational empowerment,
  • Grassroots environmental organizations,
  • Information and communication technologies,
  • Inter-organizational empowerment,
  • Intra-organizational empowerment,
  • Sustainable development
Publication Date
2015
Editor
Lekoko, R.
Publisher
IGI Global
ISBN
2326-9103.
Citation Information
Dhakal, S. P. (2015). ‘Net’ Social Change: Grassroots Empowerment for Sustainable Development. Chapter 15. In Lekoko, R. [Ed.] Cases on Grassroots Campaigns for Community Empowerment and Social Change. Advances in Electronic Government, Digital Divide & Regional Development Book Series (pp 276-301). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. ISSN: 2326-9103.