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      From: Anja Kovacs <anjakovacs@...>
      Date: Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 1:51 PM
      Subject: [Reader-list] Call for Applications: Maps for Making Change in India
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      [Please feel free to circulate widely - apologies for cross-posting]

      Call for Applications:

      Maps for Making Change: Using Geographical Mapping Techniques to
      Support Struggles for Social Justice in India

      Deadline: 20 November 2009

      Maps for Making Change is a two-month project specifically designed
      for activists and supporters of social movements and campaigns in
      India. It provides participants with an exciting opportunity to
      explore how a range of digital mapping techniques can be used to
      support struggles for social justice. It also allows you to
      immediately develop and implement in practice a concrete mapping
      project relevant to your campaign or movement, with full technical
      support.  Interested in joining us?  Send in your application by 20
      November 2009.

      Background
      Most of us think of maps as representations of territory. But have you
      ever wondered why bastis, slums, unauthorised colonies and monuments
      of minorities and poor people rarely are given prominence on maps – or
      at times are even absent altogether? All too often only seats of
      power, such as big hospitals, the colonies of the rich and diplomatic
      missions, receive detailed mention.  This is because maps
      simultaneously also function as representations of relations of power
      and control: which places, communities, historical monuments,
      townships, colonies and roads are highlighted on a map reflects the
      power and control that various communities and classes possess or
      lack. In modern times, this is particularly obvious in planning
      processes, which incorporate maps as crucial tools in villages and
      cities alike. To challenge the practice of privileging the powerful on
      maps, and to create maps from the margins and of margins, therefore
      has emerged as an important aspect as well as a tool of our fights
      against injustice in society.

      Maps for Making Change
      Today, with the emergence of new technologies such as GPS and the
      Internet, mapping techniques have advanced beyond the confines of
      professional cartographers and can be mobilised and used to fight for
      social justice by anyone with an interest in maps. Are you someone
      concerned with the state of social justice in the country today? Are
      you working closely, as an activist or a supporter, with a campaign or
      social movement? Are you interested in exploring how digital
      geographical mapping techniques might help facilitate or support your
      advocacy and awareness raising campaigns and understanding of the
      power relations in society? Perhaps you already have some ideas on how
      maps can fit into your work, but you require technical support to put
      these into practice? Then this is for you.

      Maps for Making Change is a two-month project that will provide you
      with the opportunity to explore how mapping can be used to support
      your campaigns, struggles and movements to fight against injustice. It
      is jointly organised by the Centre for Internet and Society
      (Bangalore) and the Tactical Technology Collective (Bangalore and
      London), and brings together activists and technologists. Over the
      course of the project, participants will:
      * explore and share ideas about the possible uses of geographical maps
      within the context of campaigns and movements in India;
      * try out a range of mapping tools and get training and support in the
      creation and use of maps;
      * develop and implement your own mapping project, involving the
      creation and use as well as dissemination of maps, relevant to your
      campaign's or movement's advocacy and goals.

      Format
      Maps for Making Change will take the form of three workshops, with
      time in between each for participants to work on a mapping project of
      their choice. The first workshop will take place in Delhi on 3
      December, and will be an introductory event, where tools and tactics
      will be explored and discussed and participants can determine the
      nature of the information they need to collect to implement their own
      mapping project.  The second workshop will take place over 3 days
      during the first week of January (exact dates and location to be
      decided), and will involve actual work on mapping projects, using data
      and other resources collected by participants in the intervening time.
       The third workshop will be a two-day event during the first week of
      February (exact dates and location to be decided), and will be the
      time for participants to provide overall feedback, as well as to do
      the final touches on the projects and launch them. Not only during the
      workshops, but throughout the two-month project period, and at every
      stage of the development of your project plan, technical support will
      be available to help participants make your ideas a reality.

      The organisers will cover travel and accommodation expenses of those
      who are selected to participate in the project. There is no
      participation fee.  By applying, applicants commit themselves,
      however, to devoting the necessary time to this project.  Where
      relevant, an organisational commitment to allow you to do this would
      also be required.

      Who should apply?
      This is an event for activists and supporters of movements and
      campaigns based in India. Preference will be given to applicants that
      intend to use the project directly for their work within a campaign or
      movement. Applications are welcomed from individuals, but also from
      groups of people who are working within the same campaign or movement
      and who would like to develop and implement a mapping project
      together. Those who have been centrally involved in designing and
      implementing communication strategies of campaigns and movements are
      particularly encouraged to apply, but such a role is not at all a
      prerequisite to be part of Maps for Making Change. Participants from
      appropriate backgrounds who simply want to explore the technology and
      its uses without immediately implementing it will be welcome in so far
      as space allows.

      We would like to also encourage applications from students who are
      involved with campaigns or movements and who would like to learn these
      skills so as to use them in their advocacy efforts. Students will be
      provided with special assistance during the programme.

      All participants should have some familiarity with computer use.
      While more advanced technology skills are useful, they are not
      essential: technology support will be provided as required for all
      participants to ensure that everyone completes their own mapping
      project.

      Regretfully, we will be able to accommodate translation only from
      Hindi to English and vice versa, so applicants will need to be
      comfortable with either of these languages.

      How to apply
      Please answer the questions below in Hindi or in English.  You do not
      need to write long responses (up to 300 words max), but please provide
      us with enough information to understand your involvement in and
      commitment to campaigns or movements for social justice, as well as
      your skills and interest.  We also would like to know why you want to
      be part of the Maps for Making Change project and what are some of the
      contributions (of whatever kind) you could make to it.

      You can send your answers by email to maps4change@..., or by post to:
      Maps for Making Change
      c/o Centre for Internet and Society
      No. D2, 3rd Floor, Sheriff Chambers
      14, Cunningham Road
      Bangalore - 560052

      The last day for applications is 20 November 2009.  Early applications
      will make us very happy though! :)

      *Application Questions*:
      Please provide answers to all the following questions.

      1) Basic personal information:
      Name:
      Gender:
      Date of birth:
      Nationality:
      Affiliation/organisation:
      E-mail address (if available):
      Telephone and emergency contact number(s):
      Preferred language of communication:
      Veg/non veg:
      Anything else we should know about you (allergies, medical condition,
      special needs):


      Are you applying individually or as part of a team?  If as part of a
      team, please provide the names of the other team members here:


      2) Where are you from, where do you live now, and what is your current
      movement/organisational affiliation (movement/organisation you work
      with, its mission, position you have within it, is your organisation a
      non-profit, etc.)?

      3) What is your wider experience of working with campaigns or
      movements for social justice?  What kinds of initiatives have you been
      involved in?  What kind of responsibilities have you taken up within
      these?

      4) Have you been involved with any technology projects for non-profit
      organisations or campaigns or movements for social change? If so
      please briefly explain your experience (what worked, what didn't, what
      did you like, what not, etc?) and your role within the project. If you
      haven't been involved with such a project, please explain why you are
      interested in exploring the use of technology for social change.

      5) Why are you interested in joining Maps for Making Change in
      particular?  How can you and your movement/organisation benefit from
      your participation?

      6) Do you already have an idea in mind that involves using maps for
      social change and that you would like to develop into a project that
      can support the work of the campaign or movement that you are involved
      with? If so, please explain.

      7) To help us better understand the kind of technical support we will
      need to provide during Maps for Making Change, please describe your
      current technical expertise and ability.

      8) All participants are encouraged to teach as well as to learn. What
      kind of contribution to the group's learning do you think you could
      make?

      If you require more information about the project or about the
      application process, please email us at maps4change@..., or
      call us at 080 4092 6283.

      Looking forward to hearing from you!
      The Maps for Making Change Team

      --
      Ridhi D'Cruz


      Charles de Gaulle - "The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs."
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