Hello Dear Andrius and All,
Fantastic to hear from you, and your ideas are excellent! I just received this from a friend, and sorry for the very short deadline, as it would have been great to have more time to develop our ideas.
I have so many myself, not only for MS-HH related friends and activities, but ActALIVE and much more. Members there are already doing this kind of work. And see JUMP (www.jumptochangetheworld.org) for something similar.
Before I go further, let me say that I was looking through mail last night and saw something posted by Pam a couple days ago which I think is the same thing (will be reading mail more closely today and will check again)?
If so, great minds think alike :):), and it's heartening to know that our networks are spontaneously generating greater convergence and collaborative possibilities! So thanks to Pam too, and Pam, any thoughts on what we might do?
Andrius, thanks so much for passing this along to all forums, esp Global Villages, as I know Franz and others are eager to work with video and address these types of issues. And thanks to Asif for your encouragement and support too!
On the ideas you have mentioned, all are exciting! I love the FoodStory video idea, as that is something global. Though it does have a Kenyan component, too, so we could concentrate on one country, for example, and include some of your other ideas as well.
If we focused on Kenya, we could do something like this: build video bridges between the urban and rural areas, such as Nairobi-Mbita-Kisumu. This would draw in Sam and Tom from the rural areas. Tom and Sam now have cameras--thanks to you, Maria, Chris, and others--and they have met Ken, David, and others in Nairobi, so a foundation has already been laid for further collaboration. We should draw in OVF-Kenya too.
It's very important to ensure that the rural areas are a major focus, so I think we should go for "centers" in both places, rather than just focusing on Nairobi. In that regard, how much of a budget would we need?
The purpose of these grants is to "teach citizen media techniques", so in that regard, perhaps we should concentrate on that as an activity, developing learning modules in Kiswahili? We could tie that to the FoodStory project as a subject. And is there a place for Weninars here?
We could offer to translate their media curriculum into Kiswahili--which is not currently represented--and then use what we translate to teach locally (as per their example: "Translating our new media curriculum to an indigenous language that is currently not represented in the blogosphere or podosphere. Then use the learning modules to encourage bloggers to write in those languages.").
The "global engagement" could be in the form of sharing what we do both at their site and via the FoodStory project, which has engaged our members throughout the world.
Or Franz and others, do you have ideas? We could consider building video bridges to rural areas of Europe and the USA, and/or somehow building a "thin-client" model, wherein the computing (or other ICT) power of one person/country/region could boost the lesser power of the other.
It is generally assumed that the more powerful (newer, higher speeds, et al) resides in developed countries, but rural areas (and even some urban settings, like Kibera in Nairobi) of developed countries might also benefit from thin-client twinning. So we can keep that in mind when designing our bridges and networks.
It's a bit unclear (at least to me) if our members in different countries/regions could also apply for the same grant and activity in their areas. Theoretically "yes" (as the applications could come in from a number of different places), but I wonder if the grantmaker would think there was too much concentration of funding to one organization (ie if we tie all of this to MS). Thoughts?
I have only a few nanoseconds right now myself for this, but could try to work out something tonight if I can. I'll look again at the
>From: Andrius Kulikauskas <ms@...>
>Sent: Jun 11, 2007 4:48 PM
>Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
>Subject: [holistichelping] Re: URGENT JUNE 15th Deadline: "Rising Voices" Seeking Media Project Proposals (small grants available)
>Janet, This is a great opportunity for us. I don't know what the chance
>of winning is. But the topic is very important and I encourage our
>African and Indian colleagues to write with your ideas. And please share
>them with us in your letters so that if you don't win we can try them at
>some other opportunity. Here are some ideas of what would be very useful
>Idea #1) Video Bridge Center in Nairobi, Kenya (or elsewhere). Ask for
>$2,500 for a good projector and additional equipment and $1,000 for a
>base with high-speed Internet access for say two years. This will allow
>participation in the video bridge network being organized by Minciu
>Sodas. Also you can record the conversations and publish them as video.
>Visitors from rural areas could stay at or near the base. We already
>have a camera.
>Idea #2) Development of video, audio, text materials for explaining in
>local languages how to participate locally in Minciu Sodas as an
>independent thinker and lead your own group.
>Idea #3) Video for My Food Story building on what we have already done
>and making it possible for people around the world to engage farmers in
>response to their interviews posted on YouTube.
>Idea #4) Video for documenting the "theory and practice" of nonviolence
>in places like Israeli-occupied Palestine, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Chicago.
>Idea #5) Documenting examples of community currency at work from around
>Ask for modest stipends.
>I'm working on my taxes but perhaps others can help here. The more of us
>apply with our original ideas, the more chance we have of winning, I
>think. Thank you, Janet!
>Janet Feldman wrote:
>> *Rising Voices*, the outreach arm of Global Voices
>> <http://globalvoicesonline.org/>, is now accepting project proposals
>> for the first round of *microgrant funding of up to $5,000 for new
>> media outreach projects*. Ideal applicants will present innovative and
>> detailed proposals to teach citizen media techniques to communities
>> that are poorly positioned to discover and take advantage of tools
>> like blogging, video-blogging, and podcasting on their own. Applicants
>> from countries outside of North America and Western Europe are
>> especially encouraged to apply
>> Global Voices Online is a non-profit global citizens’ media project
>> founded at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and
>> Society, <http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/> a research think-tank focused
>> on the Internet’s impact on society.
>> As the internet becomes more accessible to more people, as computers
>> become cheaper, and as software applications move from the desktop to
>> the web, the so-called digital divide seems to be narrowing. In its
>> place, however, we see a /participation gap/ in which the vast
>> majority of blogs, podcasts, and online video are being produced in
>> middle-class neighborhoods in major cities around the world.
>> Rising Voices aims to help bring new voices from new communities and
>> speaking new languages to the conversational web, by providing
>> resources and funding to local groups reaching out to underrepresented
>> communities. Examples of potential projects include:
>> * Purchasing an affordable digital video camera and teaching a
>> group of rural students how to produce an ongoing video-blog
>> documentary about the lives of their grandparents.
>> * Organizing a regular workshop on blogging and photography at a
>> local orphanage. Portions of the budget could be used on cheap
>> digital cameras and internet cafe costs so that participants
>> could describe their local neighborhoods to a global audience
>> with text and photos.
>> * Working with a local NGO or social entrepreneur so that their
>> challenges, successes, and stories are told to a global audience.
>> * Translating our new media curriculum to an indigenous language,
>> like Quechua <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quechua> or Wolof
>> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolof_language>, that is currently
>> not represented in the blogosphere or “podosphere.” Then use the
>> learning modules to encourage bloggers to write in those languages.
>> The sky is the limit, but unfortunately funding is not. Rising Voices
>> outreach grants will range from $1,000 to $5,000. Please be as
>> thoughtful, specific, and realistic as possible when drafting your
>> budgets. There are significant word limitations to the sections of the
>> Applicants may be NPOs, NGOs or individuals.
>> There may be another round of grants in the Fall 2007.
>> Successful projects will be prominently featured on Global Voices
>> *Completed applications will be accepted no later than Friday, June
>> 15.* Please email them to outreach@...
>> *Download grant application in .DOC format
>> *Download grant application in .RTF format
>> Feel free to ask questions in the comments section by sending an email
>> to outreach@...
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