Net Tuesday DC: Ian Schuler, ICT Project Manager, National Democratic Institute

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Hey DC Net2 folks,

Tomorrow night, Tuesday, June 20th, the Washington, DC  NetSquared Meetup group will be meeting at the Science Club at 1136 19th St. NW.

Ian Schuler, the ICT Project Manager at the National Democratic Institute (and DC Net2 member) will share his story about how he and NDI implemented an SMS-based election monitoring system for the recent May 21 vote in Montnegro, during which Montenegrans declared independence and withdrew from the Union of Serbia and Montenegro.

Sarah Mclachlan ´s World on Fire

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The entertainment industry has barely squared up to the issues concerning world poverty today. With the exception of the much-publicized Live concert spearheaded by Bob Geldolf and political activist Bono and his U2 comrades, only a few have followed up with a personal conviction of using their God-given talents for a cause and instigate change.

Recently however, Sarah Mclachlan (one of my favorite singer-songwriters in the world!) has decided to team up with  acclaimed Music Video director Sophie Muller to bring a new MTV version of "World on Fire." (Click here to view.) The video shows a stark performance of Sarah interspersed with scenes of the standard cost of video production and how this money could have been used to provide food, medical supplies and education to developing nations.

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More Conference Video Sessions Up Now!

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Many of you have been asking about the availability of the video that was recorded at the NetSquared Conference by Link TV …so we’re happy to report: one partial and two complete sessions are up now. Here’s Dan Gillmor’s segment from the session: A Voice in the Wilderness to the Wisdom of Crowds: Citizen Journalism, Nonprofit Organizations and Social Change. You can go to and search for "netsquared" under the Search button in the top nav bar tab, where you’ll also find Making the Most of Disruption featuring Paul Saffo, Howard Rheingold, and Lucy Bernholz; and Grassroots, Netroots, and the End and Beginning of Politics  featuring Amy Goodman Joan Blades and Micah Sifrey. Registration is required to use the ForaTv site, and you will need to log-in to view the programs.

Video coverage of the conference sessions and speaker interviews was conducted by Link TV in collaboration with NetSquared. The 32 hours of conference footage will be edited over the next weeks, and these sessions and segments will be made available through Fora TV  and the NetSquared Website. Excerpts will also be used for a Link TV documentary that will air later this year.

Habitat for Humanity's Builders Blitz Blogs

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The 501c3cast always has good news tidbits at the beginning of each show.  One that caught my ear while I was listening today was that during Habitat for Humanity's Home Builders Blitz, 1000 building professionals work with Habitat to build 400 + houses in 130 communities in one week. 12 of those professional volunteers kept blogs on the Habitat site, during the week.

Here is an excerpt from a June 8th post by one of the building professionals, Steve Shoemaker, who works for Ideal Homes in Oklahoma City:

Are Online Social Networks Just A Fad?

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Asks Andy Carvin in a recent blog entry that response to C|NET News article debating whethe ror not online social networks are just a trendy trend or here to stay.   In contrast to the C|NET article that looks at it from the business perspective and suggests that the jury is still out, Andy reviews the history of online community building, from the earliest bulletin board systems to community networks to online social networks.  Definitely worth a read!

Center for International Media Action seeking your input

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This is an invitation I received from the Center for International Media Action (CIMA).  Can't think of a better group to share this with, especially as CIMA is seeking input from media activists all over the world.  Please check it out!
Dear Friends and Allies-
For several years media activists have been discussing the need for ongoing opportunities for skill-building, collective learning, and long-range visioning and reflection. One strategy to meet these needs is a new Communication Rights and Media Justice Organizing Institute. The Organizing Institute is envisioned as an initiative to build political organizing and advocacy skills and strategies to transform media and communications systems to serve democracy, human rights and social justice.

The Organizing Institute will be shaped by and for media activists and advocates. With this in mind, we invite you to take an on-line survey designed for members of the planning committee and any activists, organizers, advocates working on media and communications issues who might be interested in the Organizing Institute. The purpose of the survey is to gather input on the kinds of resources and training offered through the Institute and to develop program components that are uniquely tailored to different groups working on these issues. Please send the survey to anyone you think might be interested.

The survey will take about 30-40 minutes to complete, and you can save it on any page and return to it as long as you are accessing the survey from the same computer. To exit and return to the survey at a later time, be sure to first save your responses by clicking "Next" at the bottom of the page, and then click “Exit” at the top right hand corner of the screen. To read more about the survey or take the survey, please click here or paste this link into your browser -


ICT for global justice: an interview with Anna Feldman of the APC

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Anna Feldman is the Strategic Use Programme Project Developer, at the Association of Progressive Communications (APC). The APC is an international association with a virtual office. Anna is currently working on web conceptualization and planning for GreenNet in the UK, a progressive ISP and founding organization of the APC.

Anna and I talked about the work of the APC at the NetSquared conference.

Netsquared Profile: Brahm Ahmadi

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Brahm Ahmadi, Executive Director of the People's Grocery, talks about his organization's mission of creating self-reliant, socially just and sustainable food systems in West Oakland. Brahm speaks of the online social tools he using to get the word out beyond West Oakland.

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.

Social Justice Web Service

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An announcement was posted on the New York City Young Nonprofit Professionals Network yesterday about an Internet provider called May First/People Link.  Here's their mission from the web site:

We are an organization of progressive people who use the Internet. We have joined together to improve our access to it, enhance its function as a tool for mass communication and organizing, develop new technologies and uses for it, and help social justice movements use it effectively to communicate with each other and with the world.

They also have some interesting news on their front page about a program in Venezuela to train 400,000 people in open source software and the 7th Annual Organizers' Collaborative Grassroots Use of Technology Conference  happening at UMass Boston this Saturday.


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