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Re: Tobias (Kabissa): Fantastic abt Rising Voices Chat!/perhaps ongoing collaboration?

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  • Janet Feldman
    Dear Tobias and All, Immense thanks for the posting, and I m sure many of us will be interested to post about events and to tell stories. Kabissa is a
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 1, 2008
      Dear Tobias and All,
      Immense thanks for the posting, and I'm sure many of us will be interested to post about events and to tell stories. Kabissa is a wonderful example of citizen journalism at its best!
      Thanks too for the corrected link to the special mailings (I give that a two-thumbs up :))!  I will send you something now (separately), focusing on Africa, and if you can send the text today, fantastic!!
      So glad you like the idea of collaboration, and hope we can discuss this soon, perhaps even at the chat tomorrow. It would be especially good if you and David can talk.
      Will close on that upbeat note and get to that text. All best wishes and hope to "see" you and many Kabissa members at the chat! Janet
      ----- Original Message -----
      Sent: Monday, December 01, 2008 10:31 PM
      Subject: Re: Tobias (Kabissa): Fantastic abt Rising Voices Chat!/perhaps ongoing collaboration?

      Hello Janet,

      Thanks for your enthusiastic and quick response. I made some tweaks to your post on Kabissa to correct links (they all had some strange mhtml coding and were not working) and promoted it to the front page for the next few days so hopefully it will get lots of attention. I am glad to see it on Kabissa and invite you and other participants in these lists to post regularly about opportunities like this or even to simply tell stories about and relevant to African civil society, especially if they include a technology innovation element.

      Let me correct a link in my email - I knew I would get it wrong when punching in that earlier email with thumbs on my blackberry! The special mailings info is here: http://www.kabissa.org/learn/about/kabissa/special-mailings - this is a powerful tool for reaching out to Kabissa members on a timely basis.

      We can definitely do a special mailing tomorrow, if you like we can simply send out the text as you wrote it in your blog post, or you can customize it for the people you are sending it to in African civil society. Just send me what text you want to send via email and I will send it out. Ideally we would do a targeted mailing to a subset of our membership - see http://www.kabissa.org/connect/search for the searches we can do.

      Glad to talk about more ways to collaborate.



      Tobias Eigen

      Senior Steward - IT
      Global Action Networks-Net (GAN-Net)

      Executive Director
      Kabissa - Space for Change in Africa

      On Mon, Dec 1, 2008 at 5:50 PM, Janet Feldman <kaippg@...> wrote:
      Dear Tobias and All,

      Wonderful to hear from you, and what a terrific idea!  I will say, rather sheepishly, that while I am a Kabissa member, I have never posted before, so I did sign in and created a blog page with the chat news. Is that how it's done?

      If not, I'd love some tips (and perhaps help, since time is so short)! It would be invaluable to put this news into a special mailing, but I wonder if there is time to network it properly?

      That leads me to suggest that there would be some excellent "on-going" synergies and collaborative opportunities between Kabissa and Rising Voices, in particular with the "Blogging Positively" project we hope will develop from this chat and other recent discussions.

      In other words, many more chances for your member-bloggers to become involved, if the timing of this particular news and event does not allow your extensive network to be adequately informed.

      If you think a special mailing could go out Tuesday, that would be fantastic! Otherwise, if the event posting could at least get into the right spaces, that would be an exciting start.

      Hopefully we can all carry on this conversation soon, and I am posting this to the Rising Voices forum (in addition to the Minciu Sodas forums, Learning From Each Other and Holistic Helping, the latter of which I moderate) for that purpose.

      Do you and David Sasaki know each other?  If not, let the intros begin :))). And please consider subscribing to the RV forum: risingvoices-subscribe@...

      Thanks immensely, Tobias, and very best wishes, Janet

      ----- Original Message ----- From: "Tobias Eigen" <tobiaseigen@...>
      To: <learningfromeachother@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Monday, December 01, 2008 5:32 PM
      Subject: Re: [learningfromeachother] Rising Voices WAD 2008 Chat (Dec 3): Citizen Media and HIV/AIDS

      Hello Janet,

      This sounds terrific! Could you please post this to the kabissa blog,
      so the 1300 african orgs in our network can find out about this global
      chat? We could also do a special mailing - see



      On 11/29/08, Janet Feldman <kaippg@...> wrote:

      Dear all,

      In commemoration of World AIDS Day, Rising Voices
      (http://rising.globalvoicesonline.org) will be hosting a live chat on
      Wednesday, December 3rd at the 3 p.m. Nairobi time:

      7am (New York, EST)
      10am (Buenos Aires)
      12pm (London, GMT)
      2 pm (Cape Town, Beirut)
      3pm (Nairobi, Moscow)
      5.30pm (New Delhi)
      8pm (Beijing, Manila)
      9pm (Tokyo)
      11pm (Sydney)

      To participate please go to: http://www.worknets.org/chat.

      Login instructions: Login using your name and then select the room you want
      to join by clicking enter. Once in the room, select a font color on the left
      side of the screen, then join the chat.
      The chat will be facilitated by Serina Kalande and Daudi Were and the
      discussion will build on a similar chat that Serina and Daudi organized back
      in April of this year which asked the following question: "how can citizen
      media be used to supplement and improve the mainstream media's coverage of
      the AIDS epidemic?

      This chat will start out focusing on two Rising Voices grantee projects,
      REPACTED in Nakuru, Kenya and AIDS Rights Congo based in Brazzaville. We
      will learn how both organizations have implemented blogging and video
      outreach programs to spread awareness about their initiatives in AIDS
      prevention and advocating for the rights of HIV-positive individuals.

      http://rising.globalvoicesonline.org/projects/repacted-kenya and

      Other discussion topics include: What are the factors to weigh when
      HIV-positive bloggers go public about their status? How can blogging support
      networks form online? What about online forums? What are other new media
      tools, such as mapping mashups, that can be used effectively?

      If there are other topics that you would like to discuss during the chat,
      please respond with your ideas. I hope that as many of you as possible can
      make it.

      As a primer to the conversation I encourage you all to take a look at a
      recent post written by Juliana Rincón on Global Voices about AIDS awareness
      through video. Especially fascinating is a video podcast produced by
      QAFBeijing, which interviews South African grand justice Edwin Cameron, the
      country's only government official who has gone public about his HIV status.


      And here is a video of a fascinating conversation among the members of the
      Breaking the Silence in Kwa Mashu project about the fear of discussing HIV
      status in their community.


      All the best,

      David Sasaki
      Rising Voices

      Tobias Eigen

      Senior Steward - IT
      Global Action Networks-Net (GAN-Net)

      Executive Director
      Kabissa - Space for Change in Africa


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