Eddie Avila

Current Director of Rising Voices. I have also worked as Regional Editor and Spanish Language Editor for Global Voices, as well as a volunteer author. I have been part of GV since 2005.

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April 3, 2013

Finalist – Ecuador: I Wrote a Song That Will Change Your Mind

Children and teenagers in my community will write songs that affect their lives, such as child abuse, abandonment, contamination, migration, racism, and harassment, and will be recorded and sung by the same youth in order to be uploaded to a viral blog so that everyone can listen to it. We hope to achieve reflection by their families, the community, and the world. We will achieve this thanks to those willingness for this project, where the youth will have the wonderful experience of creating, singing, and sharing.

Finalist – Peru: Promoting Communication Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Produce ten podcasts, each one ten minutes in length, about the communication rights of indigenous peoples in four native languages, to be disseminated on social networks and on an international web platform, currently being constructed, dedicated to increasing the visibility of this right. Two programs will be produced for each indigenous language, two of which are Andean: Aymara and Quechua (central); and two which are from the Amazon: Shipibo and Asháninka. Additionally, two podcasts will be produced in Spanish to be circulated nationally and internationally in the Spanish-speaking world.

April 2, 2013

Finalist – Honduras: Good News Blog

The Good News Blog's objective is to inspire young people who are going through a desperate and uncertain period. Inspiring interviews, mentorships and images can be used as a reference and knowledge can be shared among interviewees supporting their own life development. The plan is to interview persons without titles or college degrees but who have fulfilled their life goals and dreams with hard work and effort, like entrepreneurs, store and auto-shop owners, or salesmen.

Finalist – Uganda: Community Reporters’ Hub and Clinic

Acholi subregion has been ravaged by a Civilwar led Joseph Kony. Defined by massive killings,abduction & other forms of human rights violation. With the withdraw of Kony ,Surviving victims of his heinous hostilities are now returning to their homes hauling a multitude of untold moving stories; Stories of shattered dreams and uncertain future. Community Reporters’ Hub & Clinic is where returnees wil gather & get free professional hands‐on training on how to use small digital video&Photo cameras, Audio‐ recorders, the internet, basics of news writing, editing, bloging, storytelling

Finalist – Peru: My Community Voices

To train rural settlers in the southern districts of Puno in the use of the media via Internet to document their culture, history and own news through blogs that include multimedia content, thus overcoming the digital divide (giving it a sense of technology) and the development divide, themselves creating their own presence on the Internet. This in a one-week workshop in the city of Puno, followed by an accompanying one for all participants so that they continue publishing their news and documentaries.

March 31, 2013

Finalist – Argentina: Los Inestables Radio: More Participation, Less Segregation

Los Inestables Radio seeks to promote the appropriation of digital technology tools by participants, with the aim to promote self-management and the collective participation in each of the stages of radio production. For this purpose, we will conduct training workshops in live broadcasting, recording and editing of podcasts, and the use of social networking so they can share their content with the global community. There will also be biweekly tutorials and sessions to share experiences with other local community organizations.

Finalist – Ecuador: Open Journalism with Open Technology and Licenses

Many citizen and community journalism initiatives try to strengthen citizens, their rights and freedoms, but that cannot be done with private technologies and under the philosophy of copyright. It is essential that journalists learn about and practice free and open journalism. That way, information and communication can be democratized. Because of that, we want to train communication professionals, journalists and professors on the use of free technology and open licenses. The training will consist of an online component, then an in-classroom part to produce stories of citizen participation.

March 29, 2013

Finalist – Mexico: Preserving and Promoting the Mayan Language

To preserve, promote, and conserve the Maya Yucateca language among adults, children and young people, as it is the latter who have lost interest in communicating and expressing themselves in their mother tongue. Social networks, cellular phones, urban planning of the rural sector are factors that contribute to the loss of identity. Information technology and communication might be considered threats, but for us, they are opportunities to spread the use of the language. Community radio and Facebook are communication tools for youth recognition of their language.

March 5, 2013

Peru: Expressions of Indigenous Contemporary Art Network

KapaqLab is a Peruvian collective that is impulsing a project called Native Peoples’ House. Through its website, which will be a digital space for meeting and exhibition of “expressions of Indigenous contemporary art” (*) that is created in Peru and elsewhere-and information about products (interviews, features, news, reflections, etc..) will be disseminated hat illustrate the present work and work in development of each artist and / or group o

Bolivia: Exteme Tarija

A project that shows the need to form active communities that can promote its heritage, and based on the participation of the community members in the town of Tarija. Tourism development affects the promotion of essential values of our cultural heritage, as well as promoting the community participation in cyberspace and the digital world.