Stories from January, 2008
Last time we featured the Neighborhood Diaries project, participants from Kolkata’s slums were learning more about their neighborhood. In this week's feature we read their profiles of local characters and find out more about their daily lives. The weekly workshop also got more interesting with enactments of skits regarding their neighborhood's problems and the brainstorming of solutions.
One thing you'll notice immediately if you visit the outlying community of La Loma in Medellín, Colombia is that nearly the entire community has the same three or four last names. One of the most common is "Paniagua" - the mythical origin of which is explained in the above video by blogger and talented musician Dneiber Sady.
Vandalism or a legitimate form of cultural expression? Is tagging a form of visual contamination or does the writing on the wall tell us something more about the communities we live in? Jorge Jurado meditates on the significance and motivation behind the words on the walls in La Loma, Medellin, Colombia.
Since July Nari Jibon Project staff and students have posted more than 170 articles (in both Bangla and English). Today we feature their stories about their livelihoods and their perspectives about poverty, emancipation and importance of education for women. Read how women are making their presence felt in a society where only about a century ago child marriage was prevalent and women belonged inside the house only.
Voces Bolivianas, one of the first five recipients of a Rising Voices citizen media outreach award, was featured yesterday on the BBC program, The World. In the four minute feature Ruxandra Guidi interviews project facilitator Mario Duran and Voces Bolivianas participant and Aymara translator, Dora Romero. Congratulations Voces Bolivianas for...
We often talk about extending the global conversation to every corner of the world with the available social media tools. The not-for-profit organizations, or the NGOs as they are known in some parts of the world, have a wider influence on the population of the developing countries. These non profit organizations have the capacity to use this technology in an wider scale and create a communication revolution among the people they serve.
With just seven months of experience, the young and extremely motivated participants of HiperBarrio have blossomed into genuine citizen journalists. By rescuing their community's forgotten history, they have also helped bring it closer together.
Rising Voices proudly announces the first in a series of outreach guides meant to explain the fundamentals of citizen media to a non-technical readership. The first guide, An Introduction to Citizen Media, offers context and case studies which show how everyday citizens across the world are increasingly using blogs, podcasts, online video, and digital photography to engage in an unmediated conversation which transcends borders, cultures, and differing languages.
We have witnessed an incredibly sense of community take place among the participants of each of the first five Rising Voices projects. They have become more than just bloggers. In fact, through their weblogs, they have become much better friends. Over the next six months hopefully those friendships will extend from one project to the next, over borders, differing cultures and languages.
The pilot program of the Voces Bolivianas project organized in El Alto city ended last November. It helped teach the use of citizen media tools to members of underrepresented groups in Bolivia who have already emerged as bloggers cum citizen journalists. The next round of citizen’s media workshops titled El Alto II will begin this Saturday, January 12th in the same city. In addition, the organization’s first expansion is scheduled for January 19th in the city of Santa Cruz.
Wishing a happy new year to the readers and followers of the Rising Voices. This week we will highlight the updates of the neighborhood diaries project which is growing citizen journalists from underprivileged youths living in Kolkata’s (India) slums.