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Rising Voices At The Global Voices Citizen Media Summit 2010 In Santiago, Chile (Part 2)

Gabriel Vanegas, the librarian of La Loma Public Library at the Summit hotel. Photo by Alexey Sidorenko. CC BY

Gabriel Vanegas, the librarian of La Loma Public Library at the Summit hotel. Photo by Alexey Sidorenko. CC BY/NC

Several members of the different Rising Voices Projects were present at The Global Voices Citizen Media Summit 2010 in Santiago, Chile. In this post we will highlight some of their reactions about the summit.

Catalina Restrepo of HiperBarrio writes in Convergentes Blog [es]:

Since the beginning of the week, three members of HiperBarrio have been participating in the Summit that Global Voices is organizing this year in the city of Santiago in Chile. A meeting that brings together people from many countries of all continents, to discuss about new Internet applications. (machine translation)

Yeskenia Corrales, who presented HiperBarrio in the summit, writes:

2010 Summit consisted of a great number of participants with stories and projects that are concrete and others have been only in the ideology of the “failures”.

The Library of Santiago de Chile is endowed with good space that allows thousands of users working simultaneously. No services varies greatly with the Colombian librarians. (machine translation)

Catalina Restrepo, Juan Arrelano and Yesenia Corrales. Image by Alexey Sidorenko. CC BY/NC

Catalina Restrepo, Juan Arrelano and Yesenia Corrales. Image by Alexey Sidorenko. CC BY/NC

Catalina adds in her Blog Cosas Del Almas (Things Of The Soul):

I must also add that it greatly pleased me that we can give a face to the experience of Blogging Since infancy (a Rising Voices project). It was one of the presentations that I was more attentive (not to mention the open sessions on translation and affordability, the dialogues between teams of translators/ authors, the discussion in open session heard about Maneno.org and Global Voices in Aymara , etc, etc).

Juliana Rincon of HiperBarrio. Photo by Alexey Sidorenko. CC BY

Juliana Rincon of HiperBarrio. Photo by Alexey Sidorenko. CC BY/NC

Juliana Rincon of HiperBarrio wrote about the diversity of the summit participants:

It is also refreshing to be in a place where people ask “do you like” and not “what is your profession.” Also, “where you live” instead of “Where are you”. And when someone does ask for the “origin”, we know that he wants to hear a list of cultures to which we adhere.

Traveling after the conference, trying to figure out where we came from. Our passports do not tell the whole story. Then had to go into details. I was Colombo-Peruano-Costarricense. That my friend was Indo-Canadian-American. That the other was Nigerian-German-American. The other was Tunisian-Holland. That was a Peruvian and a Colombian also in the group. And that worked at the same place despite all that.

Nat Bayjay from Ceasefire Liberia writes from Santiago, Chile:

Nat and Ruthie met in person for the first time during GV summit. Image by Jillian York. CC BY/NC

Nat and Ruthie met in person for the first time during GV summit. Image by Jillian York. CC BY/NC

The most exciting moment in the history of Ceasefire Liberia took place as the founder of the Project, Ruthie Ackerman, and the Liberian blog manager, Nat Bayjay met for the first time ever at the Global Voices Summit in the Chilean capital of Santiago May 6, 2010.

Despite working together for a little over one year now, all contacts between the both had been electronically.

Read the full story here.

Nat preparing his presentation for the summit. Photo by Oso. CC BY

Nat preparing his presentation for the summit. Photo by Oso. CC BY

Nat also published a detailed post sharing the highlights of the summit:

The Santiago Summit was held at the Biblioteca de Santiago (Santiago Library) from May 6 to 7, 2010 followed by an internal meeting of GV members and executives from May 8 to 9, 2010.

The presence of more than 200 participants, representing at least 60 countries from all of the world’s active continents, graced the event that has since received mass media publication globally on German, Italian and other European televisions, online and newspaper outlets, including those from the Latin American and African continents.

What was so fascinating and exciting about the Summit was the manner in which real-time participation and all major discussions and happenings were captured, translated, and published online live by authors, editors and contributors as the event proceeded.

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