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Session 2 (Part 4): Outreach — Cont’d

Summary: A continuation of Session 2

Neha: I want to move on to concrete ideas. If you had to write a grant proposal for a concrete idea, how would you shape it out? what are the considerations?

Stuart Henshall: a GV fan, based in San Francisco. I spent the last 9 months and 75% of nmy time in Gurgaon. I have some perspective on what’s happening here. I’d like to point people ot mobile. what amazes me is I watch tv here, india times, the news, what’s going across the line is sms, the number; stuff like that we’re training a society to sms in their thoughts; and the mobile phones – I don’t know if it’s 5m or 10m a month. I can go into any mall and see how fast it’s exploding.

(IMAGE: Section of the audience – Dina Mehta & Peter Griffin. PHOTO CREDIT: Neha Vishvanathan)

I would suggest, if global voices says 1) we’ll take your sms, we will post it online, 2) we will send back an sms as thank you, with the url where it is. Aso capturing their # and identity, and you can start to count how many times they enter interesting info, how passionate they are about it. If you do that a bit more, you could actually move them to mms, and perhaps pay for that. I’d look to Hutch to sponsor that with free mms; I want to see more pictures on Gv. it’s a visceral gut-level thing, like LIFE in the 60s.

Neha: of course some people might not feel conmfortable abpot their identity being revealed.

Stuart: then you could ask for a simple yes/no. Giving people tools for using the voices being heard. I come from an education background; we should focus on giving things like tools for teachers so they can say ‘I’m having my students go to gv, and have them focus on brazli; what is being said in brazil. have them use this as an educational tool for their students, for different areas that do need activism, to create generations of students who are would-be activists. That’s a very low-cost way – I’m more than willing to work on writing lesson plans for something like this. one way to start a different side of outreach to find a way to collect voics and turn it into something useful. Continue reading


Session 2 (Part 3): Outreach — Cont’d

Summary: A continuation of Session 2
The panel is taking two more questions and then we’re moving to the IRC channel.

Comment by Gerard, a journalist from Hindustan Times, a major main stream media newspaper in India: I don’t know how many of you know it’s a mainstram paper. We look at stories all the time. So many news channels, TV launches; the hunger of journalists is amazing. There are educated people all around. People who know about things. If they can channel them correctly, journalists will take creative [ideas?] seriously.

(IMAGE: Rachel Rawlins jotting down quick notes during Session 2.

Question from ange via the IRC channel: what would it take for outreach to get to what Global Voices suggestS? Are there ways to tap into global/local wifi hubs which are wide-spread across asia? like for example the WSFII Project? Can we always work with wifi or LUGs (Linux User Groups) in the area?

Neha: it is purely a networking thing; maybe that will be a way of targetting people.

Nanda: people can adopt or relate to <things>, for example, farmers can go online and trade commodities. Having accesss, there’s something called planet tree, for low iteracy in india and elsewhere.Those are two key areas.

Neha: That also brings us back to David’s question of “What’s in it for me? That’s the incentive.

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Session 2 (Part 2): Outreach — Cont’d

Summary: A continuation of Session 2

Georgia makes an announcement that a form is being passed around to be filled out by Sami about a Tunisia prison map. Neha asks Ben some questions, Fred you told us about 5 areas, is it more efficient to go to universities and talk to students? Fred answers that central asia is a mountanous region, of the 25 trips next year, 10-15 will be at universities because they have reliable internet connections. Other 10 will be with journalism centres there etc. Universities also have lots of enthusiastic young people.

(IMAGE:Georgia, Rebeeca & Ethan involved in a panel disucssion. PHOTO CREDIT: Jace)

Neha asks, “Did your outreach involve explaining just blogging? or also tackle internet connectivity / access issues?

Ben’s answers that the standard program talks of whats a blog, blogosphere … then privacy issues, freedom of speech etc.

Into the outreach session and Parmesh shahani is talking about the fact that to take over control of means of production; the kinds of stories that come out are v different form what msm reports; we hjust have to look into researching and finding. Adil mentions that whoever just said it’s about voice was right on the money. The same question the media development community dealt with for 20 years; the ict comunity dealt with for less time.

The question of “how is this relevant to me?” is posed. In India, with the Swamiinathan Foundation, there are lots of parallel issues going on. Journalists are encouraged to paty that intermeidary role; the poor and marginalized aren’t going to want to make a 5-min short film; they don’t have access to the literacy or tools to make that kind of content.

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Session 2 (Part 1): Outreach

Summary: In this session we will explore ways of expanding blogging and online/mobile citizens’ media from being an activity of the elites to include the voices of the less privileged and rural communities. We’ll start by looking at the situation in India and move on to compare it with outreach efforts in other regions.

Ben is talking about Neweurasia, the Outreach session led by Neha Viswanathan. Georgia says that they want the sessions to be interactive. There is going to be funding (fingers crossed) so if anyone has ideas please lets talk about them. Neha states that this session is dedicated to discussing outreach and we have had many discussions about whether we should look at outreach or not. When we discuss outreach, there are some questions, who are we reaching out to, what are we reaching out to, should GV directly engage or become a resournce for outreach.

(IMAGE: Neha & Ben presenting during Session 2.

Blogging is still and exclusive activity, need to be literate, need a good connection, versus resource. Resource is too passive. There are issues of hierarchies in blogospheres. Maybe that global voices facilitates outreach just like this IRC is facilitating my attendance – Beth Kanther via IRC channel.

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