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Popular Education Approach

This is the same issue that organizers and participatory change agents have been attempting to address for years. The simple answer is that the tools alone are insufficient. Access alone is insufficient. As a tangent, the question of access needs to be addressed. There are still hoards of people, especially here in the South that have niether connection to the web nor computers. 

A popular education approach has been shown to be the most effective. Paulo Freire is the most often cited Pop Ed author. His approach is about engaging in a dialogue to essentially understand the culture of the community and their motivations. Using those cultural relics and motivations, one can then introduce new material (i.e., a new tool) with which they can express their knowledge. Successful implementations of this approach result in phenomenol achievements of empowerment, gained shared knowledge by all participants (community and outsider), and genuine steps towards social change. READ MORE


Mashups for EJ

I'm definitely interested in learning more about the ability of mashups to forward the social change agenda. Our organization provides technical assistance to social change community-based organizations, especially those working in environmental justice. There is a ton of data available, for example through, the EPA, and the Right-to-know network. It would be interesting to see the different ways to reconfigure this data. does this already in one way, but mashups, i think, could offer another way to go about doing it. READ MORE


Ears Open. Mouth Closed

What am I bringing to the conference?  Open ears.  Open mind.  Closed mouth.  Okay.  I won't keep my mouth closed for the whole time, but I intend to do a lot more active listening than monologuing.  I'll do the monologue here:

What else will I bring?  Some book knowledge of the Millennial generation and a little experience in marketing to them in a higher education setting.

My experience? I have a little volunteer experience.  Some experience in building and maintaining online communities.  Some experience enabling citizen journalism (circa 1997).  Some exeperience in the .Gov world; some in the .Edu world.  I have ZERO experience in real programming, but I've been living and working online since 1993. READ MORE


Check out this cool site,  They monitor ICT policies that affect women around the world.  You can browse the site by issues that interest you (i.e. education, health, cultural diversity), or by the part of the world that interests you (Africa, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific).  They also have site guides tailored to Beginners and Policy MakersREAD MORE


How do people with disabilities use Web 2.0?

OK, I know, I should have been paying attention earlier.  If I wanted accessibility sessions I had my chance to suggest themes, questions and topics...right?  But as I look through the sessions for the latest in accessible blogging tools, content management systems, fundraising software, do I really find....nothing?! absolutely nothing about accessibility?

Nothing on accessibility at the coolest nonprofit tech conference ever? 

How could that be?  I admit that I am a bit cocooned.  I spend 90% of my time with people who know tons about accessibility...people like John Slatin, Jim Thatcher, Molly Holzschlag, Kelsey Ruger, Glenda Sims... or with people who want to know more about accessibility, like the participants in AIR programs, Access-U and CalWAC. But am I really so sheltered? so deluded?  Does the rest of the world really care about access to the web for 55 million Americans and 750 million people worldwide...not at all?! READ MORE


Must we get together to get things done?

The NetTuesday group in Houston met on Monday, actually. Our local NetSquared MeetUp  heard from Knowbility's Kelsey Ruger, an extraordinary thinker about the power of technology to bring about social change. Katie Laird blogged it. 

Many in the Houston Net Tuesday Meetup have noticed that Kelsey serves as a kind of human bridge between innovative groups of social activists, including the NetSquared group; Refresh Houston - a collection of accessibility and standards experts; and AIR-Houston - the annual accessible web design contest that benefits dozens of nonprofits from the greater Houston area. READ MORE


WineCamp Message from Tara Hunt on Net2 Podcast

This Week in NetSquared News is up on the NetSquared Odeo Channel for your listening pleasure. 

Make sure you listen to the end to hear Tara Hunt's WineCamp message.



Web 2.1 - Let's make 2.0 Accessible


Howdy from Austin Texas, where the nonprofit Knowbility pursues its mission.  We support the independence of kids and adults with disabilities by promoting the use and increasing the occurance of accessible information technology. 

I am pretty excited about attending the NetSquared conference with my good friend and key volunteer Glenda Sims - also known as the Good Witch of the Web.  In early April Glenda and I and several of the accessiblity experts that Knowbility has the good fortune to work with spent a week in San Francisco to teach the California Web Accessibility Conference (CalWAC).  READ MORE


Video Profile: Anthony Brown & Alexander Winslow

Anthony Brown is the Penguin Keeper and chief podcaster for the San Francisco Zoo. He and Alexander Winslow, Public Relations Manager for the Zoo, speak on how podcasting is being used to reach out and connect with potential Zoo visitors.

Video Profile: Anthony Brown

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


Helping organizations make sense of their information - an interview with James Thomas of Business Objects

James ThomasJames Thomas is the Senior Director, Corporate Product Marketing at Business Objects. He talks to us about tools for better decision-making, collaborative models, scalability and doing more with less. 

Business Objects is a Silver sponsor of NetSquared, a donating partner to TechSoup Stock and corporate partner to READ MORE