Webinar Announcement: “Belarus: Mechanisms of a Popular Revolt” & “A business model for my dream sports entrepreneurship in action”

“Belarus: Mechanisms of a Popular Revolt”

DCN SEE Hub and Digital Communication Network are organizing, via Zoom, the webinar Belarus: Mechanisms of a Popular Revolt“, which will take place in the 4th of August at 17:30 (Athens Time).

In Belarus, Aliaksandr Lukashenka may be facing the most severe threat to his regime since he took power in 1994. The government’s inept response to the coronavirus pandemic has made the president vulnerable. Multiple opposition candidates, bloggers, and digital influencers have already been arrested and face jail sentences for political activity. Thousands took to the streets to protest the regime and the unfair candidate registration process. Major opposition forces unified around Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, an English language teacher and wife of imprisoned wannabe candidate, Siarhiej Tsikhanouski. Siarhiej is also a popular YouTuber. After the arrest of her husband, Sviatlana has gained increasing popularity. She is gathering thousands at her rallies in Minsk and in other regions, which is unprecedented for Belarus. People self-organize through Youtube and Instagram and coordinate activities via Telegram.

The rise of civil society in Belarus can be compared to the freedom and anti-communist movements in the late 1980s. However, what makes this moment in organizing different is the availability of digital communication technology and its power in mobilizing and spreading information. This virtual webinar will discuss the ongoing developments in Belarus and the behind-the-scenes mechanics and organizational processes. We will look into the nature of the protest and its roots as well as the impact of new technologies.


  • Franak Viacorka, Digital Communication Network & Consortium BNR100, Belarus
  • Irena Lasota, President/co-director of the Institute for Democracy in Eastern Europe, USA
  • Natalia Kaliada, Director of Creative Politics Hub and co-Founder of Belarus Free Theatre. Diplomat, Historian and Writer, U.K.
  • Vytis Jurkonis, Project Director, Freedom House, Lithuania
  • David Marples, Professor, University of Alberta, Canada

Tuesday, August 4, 2020
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT / 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. EEST


A business model for my dream sports entrepreneurship in action

DCN SEE Hub and Digital Communication Network are organizing, via Zoom, the webinar “A business model for my dream sports entrepreneurship in action“, which will take place in the 6th of August at 17:00 (Athens Time).

The social role of sports enterprises is being increasingly recognized at both local and global levels. Sports can influence community cohesion, physical and mental health, social inclusivity, and provide positive role models across society. All these goals can be achieved only through building functioning and efficient organizations, adjusted to specific environments. Entrepreneurs and athletes are similar in many ways. They all have passion, tenacity, vision, selfconfidence, flexibility, boldness, tolerance for fear, among other characteristics. While generosity and idealism are the main engines of most sports’ social entrepreneurs, bottom line is, in many cases, economic and practical.

• What does it take to build sustainable grassroot sports organizations?
• How to gather resources and attract support for social enterprises?
• Can local governments, politicians, professional clubs, or other influencers help?
• How to build community support?
• Are setbacks building blocks towards success?
• Is it possible to make a living, while pursuing a passion for sports and social action?

To seek answers to these questions, we invite you to an imaginary journey that will take us to the U.S., Brazil, Uganda,
Bangladesh, and Nigeria…

Click here to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwud-6oqjojHt3EPrcNJZ494-UdAh0sx9c6

Marvin Asimwe │Director, Kids for Africa Sports Academy│Uganda

Carolina Pohl│ Businesswoman and Expert in Women’s Football, Owner Partner of Sow Sport│Brazil

Rita Williams │Former WNBA Player, Elevate Sports Academy│USA

Abigail Smith │University of Nottingham Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Management MSc│U.K

This webinar is part of World Learning’s International Sports Programming Initiative for Middle East, North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa Program (ISPI) —Virtual Together program, a series of virtual events, launched in the context of the COVID-19 crisis. ISPI is a program of U.S. Department of State’s Sports Diplomacy division. The series aims to engage the sports community globally, to creatively problem solve, share digital tools and work together, follow health guidance, and continue to promote active, healthy lifestyles both physically and mentally throughout this crisis. Additional modules related to these objectives are being developed and will be announced.The webinar is produced by Digital Communication Network, a diverse professional coalition in the digital space.

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