Stories from January, 2010
On Saturday, January 16, 2010 over 100 participants across Bolivia participated in Barcamp Santa Cruz which was supported by the Rising Voices grantee Voces Bolivianas. Several members of the Voces Bolivianas community across the country played key roles in the event.
Shinetsetseg (Shinee) Sukhbaatar has always been concerned about the preservation of the environment in her native Mongolia. When she joined the Nomad Green project, it gave her an outlet to raise awareness about the environmental issues facing her country. This begins a series of interviews with new bloggers from the Rising Voices community of projects.
Rcently Vice Magazine tried to focus Liberia with its sensational documentaries on the country containing exoticism and shocking elements. Whereas the bloggers at Rising Voices grantee Ceasefire Liberia are publishing convincing and constructive stories of the country trying to connect more people from the world.
Madagascar is approaching 50 years of independence this year. To mark the progress of the country Patrick interviewed two elders from Madagascar on what Madagascar has become after 50 years of the independence.
A pair of talented women bloggers from the Rising Voices community were invited to present their work at international conferences. Catalina Restrepo presented at a BarCamp in Santa Cruz, Bolivia and Cristina Quisbert was awarded the International Activist Scholarship to attend BlogHer '09. Nominations for the 2010 version of the scholarship are now being accepted.
Rising Voices, the outreach and citizen media training initiative of Global Voices Online, has launched a new interactive website and global network of researchers to map online technology projects that aim to promote transparency, political accountability, and civic engagement.
Last month we reported that the Rising Voices grantee OLPC Uruguay (Blogging Since Infancy) co-sponsored and supported the first ever national school Blogging contest for students in Uruguay who use OLPC (XO) laptops. In the first post of a new series, we will highlight three blogs among the 10 award winning blogs.
On Saturday, December 19, 2009 the second Alloco Bloggers Party was organized in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Dozens of Ivorian bloggers were present including several bloggers who attended the Abidjan blog camps. Meanwhile the success of the citizen journalism platform Avenue 225 in Ivory Coast led Israël Yoroba to launch a similar platform titled Avenue 223 in neighboring Mail.
In today's post we will look at some of the reports of the cyber environmentalists of Mongolia, who received citizen media training from Rising Voices grantee Nomad Green. They tell about the horrors of desertification in Mongolia and highlight some local heroes who are trying to preserve the environment in Mongolia.
Ghaida'a Al Absi says: “EWAMT project is like a candle with other candles, which are lighting up the darkness in Yemen.” We hope that with more blogs and more active conversations the darkness will disappear sooner rather than later.