RV newsletter: A new podcast explores the “art and science of collaboration”

Logo available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.

Rising Voices note: Our biweekly newsletter provides a summary of our recent blog posts about all aspects of digital inclusion including access and adoption of digital tools, as well as different ways and opporunities for communities to fully participate online. Read here for previous editions of this newsletter.

Creative Commons recently launched its new podcast called “Plays Well with Others” focusing on the “art and science of collaboration.” Hosted by Creative Commons CEO Ryan Merkley, each episode includes interviews with a cross-section of individuals whose work requires collaboration. The first two episodes are now online and guests include Katherine Maher, the executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation and writer-comedians, Anne Lane and Wayne Federman, who have worked on shows such as Rick and Morty.

Naturally, the show’s content and its theme music are available under a Creative Commons BY 4.0 license, and the segment music and sound effects are drawn from CC-licensed material.



For this issue, we’d like you to meet two recent hosts of our rotating Twitter project on African language digital activism (@DigiAfricanLang)!  We would like to thank Adéṣínà Ayẹni (aka Ọmọ Yoòbá) for sharing with us his work on the Yoruba language and Zaituni Njovu for her localization work with the Swahili language.  Please read the Q&A posts to learn more about them and their work!

Also in this issue, we’d like to introduce you to two recent guest-hosts of @ActLenguas — indigenous language digital activists Israel Quic (Maya Tz’utujil from Guatemala) and Leonardi Fernández (Wayuu from Venezuela).  In their profile posts, you’ll get to know more about them and their work in revitalizing and promoting their native languages.


Are you a project leader of an open source project?  Are you in need of a bit financial support to take your project to the next level?  The Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) Open Source Center is taking applications for their Catalytic Grants in order to extend their support to free and open source software projects that center around humanitarian action, development, and peace.  Please visit their site for details.  Submission due: April 15, 2019 (12pm AOE/UTC)  [H/T – APC’s Community Networks newsletter]

Are you a woman journalist who is dedicated to covering untold stories of women and girls worldwide?  Are you looking for grant opportunities to support you in this endeavor? The International Women's Media Foundation’s (IWMF) Reporting Grants on Women’s Stories, as sponsored by The Secular Society, is now open for application!  Application due: April 21, 2019

Working on an independent film in relation to social justice, empowerment, or cultural exchange?  Dedicated to empowering the next generation of digital storytellers worldwide, Filmmakers Without Borders (FWB) is offering Filmmaking Grants to support relevant projects from independent filmmakers, novice or experienced.  Please visit their site for details.  Application due: June 1, 2019 (Summer Cycle) / August 1, 2019 (Fall Cycle)  [H/T – APC’s Community Networks newsletter]


The Pulitzer Center, along with Internews, has extended their deadline for the Persephone Miel Fellowship, designed to empower media professionals (e.g., journalists, writers, photographers, radio producers or filmmakers) as well as freelancers from outside the U.S. to deliver typically un(der)-reported stories to a broader international audience.  Please visit their site for instructions.  Application Due: April 15, 2019

Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute is taking applications for their 2019 program, with a limited number of sponsored opportunities available.  It’s a two-week (August 4-17) program where participants meet and discuss the effects of technology, media, and policy from a global and multidisciplinary perspective.  Theme of the year: Technology & Policy at the Margins.  Application Due: April 20, 2019  [H/T – APC’s Community Networks newsletter]


In an effort to help the activist communities better document their activities, their narratives, as well as their digital contents, Documenting the Now are offering Community-Based Digital Archives Workshops for Activists throughout the U.S. for free.  Application is now open for workshops to be held in 2020.  Application due: July 3, 2019



Subscribe to the Rising Voices Newsletter



Thanks to Eddie Avila for contributions to this newsletter. 


Start the conversation

Authors, please log in »


  • All comments are reviewed by a moderator. Do not submit your comment more than once or it may be identified as spam.
  • Please treat others with respect. Comments containing hate speech, obscenity, and personal attacks will not be approved.