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podcasts for development..

I've been thinking for some possible expansion of 'podcasting for development' idea. I am sure many others may be thinking in this line too. Purpose of this posting is to find resources or contacts who are working in this direction. One of the core areas would be to let people use or create podcasts without the use of any computer keyboard that requires literacy. Obviously the options are to use cell phone or to use land phone to call a local number to leave their voice messages which would then be podcasted through a website. I know some VOIP based telephone system (such as, vonage.com or skype.com) provides telephone number that can be called locally but this service is available mostly in North America or Europe. Wondering such service can also be made available in other developing countries in Asia, Africa where users from a rural community or from a rural telecentre can call a local number to generate audio content. Much of this content then can also be received by many mp3 enabled cellphones. In cases such services are not available, we can make partnership with local ISPs or local cell phone companies who can then work to collect and to reroute the audio files to a desinated site. I think many ISPs or cell phone companies would be interested on this. Gradually podcasting can be integrated with local e-governance initiatives where local governments can receive feedback (for example, the tubewell doesn't work, the electricity poll has fall down due to strom, the doctor doesn't come regularly to the local health clinic etc.etc.) directly from the community. At certain point, podcasting can be a tool of skill development or awareness raising through community radio initiatives at the grassroots level. So much more to be done! READ MORE

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Adam Frey of Wikispaces Will Speak at SF Net Tuesday, April 11th

On Tuesday, April 11th, Adam Frey of Wikispaces will be speaking at Net Tuesday in San Francisco along with Zack Rosen of CivicSpace and Tara Hunt of HorsePigCow and Riya.

Adam is one of the founders of Wikispaces, a popular hosted wiki service. Wikispaces hosts wikis for a wide variety of communities and offers free hosting for K-12 educators.

Doors open at 6 PM at Varnish Art Gallery and Wine Bar at 77 Natoma St., San Francisco.  Admission is free.

And don't forget that if you can't make it to Net Tuesday in SF, you can hear interviews and recordings of the speakers' presentations on the NetSquared podcast and see videos interviews with the speakers on the NetSquared blog. READ MORE

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SOCIAL SOFTWARE FOR CZECH STUDENT

Hello there,

I am Czech student from Prague doing my final project on social software and looking for some English materials because here in Czech republic we do not have as musch literature on this as we should have - it is not translated yet and not sold here in English - or limited.

I need some contacts or links, some interesting life experiences or studies/projects done in the past. If you could send me some information I would be very grateful!!!!

Katerina Prague, Charles University

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SOCIAL SOFTWARE FOR CZECH STUDENT

Hello there,

I am Czech student from Prague doing my final project on social software and looking for some English materials because here in Czech republic we do not have as musch literature on this as we should have - it is not translated yet and not sold here in English - or limited.

I need some contacts or links, some interesting life experiences or studies/projects done in the past. If you could send me some information I would be very grateful!!!!

Katerina Prague, Charles University

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A Few More Poscasting Ideas

I'd like to add to Britt's post: 7 Ways Nonprofits Can Use Podcasts with a few that have cropped up at the ACS.

In Texas a  friend is focusing on traditional training with two recordings: "Training Volunteers" and "Recruiting Leadership Volunteers." It's meat and potatoes, but I'll bet that's two topics that NPOs always need. The training topics will be a series.

A friend in NY has started a monthly series called "In the  Hotseat with Don and Jim," the CEO and COO respectively. To quote my friend: READ MORE

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Lots O' Net2 Podcasts Up for Your Listening Pleasure

We've got another This Week in NetSquared News up where you can listen to quick updates about what’s happening at NetSquared, followed by interviews by Eddie Codel with Amy Critchett, Director of Marketing for UthTV, and Buzz Andersen, the creator of two popular Macintosh applications, Cocoalicious and PodWorks. Buzz talks about the ease of podcasting.

PLUS, our superstar podcasting volunteer, David Collin, has also posted interviews with Buzz, with Jeff Feinman, Director of the DJ Project and with Dave Yanofsky, Director of Programming, and Keith Morikawa, Supervising Producer of Uth TV, AND he recorded Buzz and Uth TV's presentations at Zeum during Net Tuesday. READ MORE

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Code for a Cause

 Check out this totally cool new site, Code for a Cause.  Looks like folks can participate in two ways, by listing themselves as a developer willing to donate their services to a project, or as a project in need of developers. READ MORE

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Blogging not so hard to do

Interesting article titled "Blogging not so hard to do".

From the article-

"A Web site is full-featured, with many pages, and can offer multimedia features such as video and audio and e-commerce elements such as shopping carts. Creating a Web site usually requires at least a little knowledge of programming code and design skills.

Blogs, which don't require any of that knowledge, are simple pages with thoughts, pictures and comments from visitors. Because blogs are easier to create, there are now more than 27 million. And 75,000 new ones are created daily, says Technorati, which tracks the blogosphere. " READ MORE

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Video Profile: Buzz Andersen

Buzz Andersen, developer of Cocoalicious and PodWorks, spoke at a recent Net Tuesday event on the basics of podcasting. 


Video Profile: Buzz Andersen
 

This video is part of NetSquared's video profile series. You can subscribe to this RSS feed with your favorite video catcher, such as iTunes, Democracy or FireAnt. READ MORE

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What should be the name? Poll: charityreactor, charimo, helpalot

On my project website, www.makingthesite.com, I've put up a poll where you can vote on what the name should be for the decentralized charity website I'm building.

  • charityreactor.org
  • charimo.org
  • helpalot.org 

If you don't know the project, here's a quick summary:

Taking inspiration from the openness of Wikipedia and adding social network aspects, I’m going to build a website that has the potential to be a chartiy guide, that not only contains every charity in the world, but also is the home of an energetic community that will change the world for the better.  READ MORE