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.
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