Stories from October, 2013
Rising Voices Roundup: Oct 15 – Oct 30
Here's the bi-weekly roundup... chock full this time! Check out loads of links and opportunities to see what you've missed.
Ecuador: Matavilela, a Literary Alternative to “Killing Time”
The digital literary magazine Matavilela specializes in essays, but also has a special interviews section called #MataPreguntas (KillerQuestions). Daniel Lucas, Matavilela's webmaster, participated in Conectándonos Ecuador.
Digital Revolution in Reverse: Syria’s Media Diversifies Offline
Though digital media was key in the uprisings of the Arab Spring, today, analog media has made a comeback. Under an Internet blackout, citizen media activists are working to spread information both abroad and inside the country, through a combination of digital and traditional methods.
Ecuador: Radialistas Launches Tutorials for Free Radio Software
Radialistas has recently launched a set of online tutorials about a variety of topics to help people use radio and open software to spread information about their communities. As part of our Conectándonos series, community manager Clara Robayo talks about the project.
Story-Making Machines: SoundCloud
Rising Voices republishes an interview conducted by Transom.org, who spoke with Evan Tenebaum, Soundcloud's audio content manager - a platform where you can freely share your sounds and listen to work made by a community of audio producers from around the world.
The VISPERA: Turning a Community of Artisans into Entrepreneurs
Highlighting artists and artisans in Paraguay, this online platform is raising awareness of this community, building a multidimensional network of craft makers, museums, cultural centers, and heritage sites.
Talking Dictionaries from Micronesia
In July 2013, the Living Tongues Institute organized another language revitalization workshop for endangered language activists from around Micronesia focusing on technology and the creation of “Talking Dictionaries” for each of the languages represented.
New Voices on Blog Action Day 2013
Past and present Rising Voices grantee projects contributed to Blog Action Day, a global event where bloggers from around the world write about the same topic on October 16, 2013. These projects joined thousands of other bloggers to share their perspectives on the topic of Human Rights in Brazil, Niger, and Colombia.
An Unashamed Inuk, Rising Indigenous Pop Star
Inuktitut singer Kelly Fraser says, "It’s hard to explain that I’m working to save the Inuit language... No matter what people say, no matter what we’re doing, a lot of our traditional culture goes away the more we learn about the other world... I want to help and make our language stronger so we can identify ourselves."
Are You Reporting on Public Services? Here's How You Might…
How can small-scale advocacy groups make the best use of the Internet? A recent skill share at the engine room discussed a diversity of methods for citizen reporting on public services around the world.
Rising Voices Roundup: Oct 1 – Oct 14
Check out our bi-weekly listing of opportunities and events, plus a recap of recent stories on the blog.
Esra'a al Safei and the Wisdom of Crowds
Crowdvoice, a user-powered platform tracking voices of protest around the world, works to diversify our understanding of complex events. Rising Voices interviews it's visionary founder about working digitally in Bahrain and her new platform to promote local musicians.
We're Around the World! Photos from the RV Micrograntees
The Rising Voices micrograntee winners from around the world have been documenting their projects as they progress. We chose some images from their flickr streams, Facebook pages, and websites, sharing the work they have been doing over the past few months.