Thanks to everyone who participated in our call to shout out why you <3 Rising Voices! Here are a few of the responses:
I <3 @risingvoices because they (we?!) give small communities the chance to speak out and be heard! @maribreyt
I follow because I support SHOUTING about development! @mckenzieafrica
I <3 @risingvoices because it reminds me how beautiful the internet can be @solanasaurus
because I believe that social media is pure, raw news comes from honest people who want real change @r_alhames
From The Blog…
A Living Documentary: Sharing Testimonies of Forced Sterilisation – In the 1990s, many indigenous men and women in Peru were subject to a forced sterilisation campaign; the Quipu project is working with local communities to create a way to make these stories heard through a combination of low- and hi-tech, online and off.
Indigenous Languages are not Dialects- The message that indigenous languages are not dialects is part of a new campaign launched by the Juan de Córdova Research Library of the San Pablo Cultural Center in Oaxaca, Mexico. It aims to change the perception on native languages, that they are not the same as any other global language.
Technology for Peacebuilding: an Online Database – The Build Peace Database aims to document crossovers between peacebuilding and new technologies around the world, focusing on communications, networking and gaming technologies.
The Birth of Russia's Hackerspace Movement – neuron hackerspace in Moscow is leading the hackerspace movement in Russia. We spoke with neuron's founder about the possibilities for building community and innovation through hackerspaces, while also acting as a link to the country's past.
Africa's Technological Potential: the Next Frontier? – As Africa becomes the next frontier for digital development, we take a look a some recent initiatives to explore the way new technologies are developing across the continent.
Brazil: Citizen Journalism for Small Town Change – Amigos de Januária, a grantee project of Rising Voices in 2011, is a group of citizen journalists and activists who continue applying digital tools they used in a single workshop two years ago, to amplify local voices talking about change.
Use Civicus‘ new platform to share stories of your civic activism with Be the Change.
The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict has a new app out giving access to all of ICNC's educational and research materials, information on its latest activities and news on nonviolent conflicts and struggles around the world.
23 Webmaking Things for Libraries, a list of digital learning activities and tools that you can use in your library – a teaching kit from Mozilla Firefox.
In the News:
GV article Football Builds Social Cohesion in Niger sourced from an article by RV micrograntee Mapping for Niger
100 Digital Projects using digital technology for social good that truly inspire http://bit.ly/1fAJobE
Article: on dmlcentral: Social Media: Brazil's Indigenous Tribes Go Online in their Struggle To Be Heard
Global Voices partners with Oximity, a new platform for reading and reengineering the news – watch for RV posts there too!
Opportunities and Events
Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders to invest in the next generation of African leaders. Apply now until 24 Jan.
Funding available from the Clinton Global Initiative, providing $100,000 total to select student commitment-makers through its Social Venture Challenge.
Enter your film to Social Impact Media Awards by Jan 7. They are looking for original, wise, brave, eye-opening and creative productions that will increase the awareness of viewers to global injustices.
Want to report on your field? 20 fellowships available for Global Journalism for professionals looking to get into journalism – University of Toronto with the Munk School
Kenyan journalists can apply for ICFJ's 2014 East African exchange program
How to Build Peace through Technology conference coming up in Cambridge, MA (US) … (with GV's cofounder Ethan Zuckerman speaking)
What We've Been Up To…
GV Meetups are happening! In the past two weeks we've seen meetups in Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Cairo, Egypt; Kampala, Uganda; and Skopje, Macedonia.