The session is being immoderated by Robert Frank, currently the VP of Strategy and Business Development at Banana Republic and CompuMentor Board Chair.
A bit about our speakers:
David Lehr, from Project Market Light at Stanford's Digital Vision Program, works with rural farmers in developing markets to deliver information on-demand, directly to cell phones. Eric Sundelof is from the Reuters Foundation and inthefieldONLINE.net, a cellphone platform for in-the-field reporting solutions for especially emerging markets.
Given the focus on non-profits, it makes sense that netsquared would include education into within the topics covered by the event, but I had hopes that it could be fully realized theme. Perhaps next year at "netcubed"...although it is refreshing that the themes focus on impact in the general sense - but maybe this is for the best. Education (and by extension, educators) tend to want to separate ourselves from other industries and "real world" applications, when we really should be thinking about how to integrate, which is precisely what netsquared has done.
i would love to figure out how to use all these new technologies to make our work easier and more effective, bu who pays for implementing all these fabulous tools and technologies? Even with open source software, low capacity and grassroots nonprofit organizations like mine still have to identify a staff person or key volunteer to implement, manage and support the technolgy. How do I identify that person? how do i motivate current staff and volunteers to add one more responsibility, one more task to an already overscheduled, overfull agenda? Where do i find qualified volunteers who are both motivated and committed to such a large task? how do I manage and supervise them?I think that many of these tools are merely tools for technoogy's sake - without any real vison about who will actually use them.The real digital divide is between organizations - those of us who deveote all our energy to our programs just don't have the resources to implement new technologies.
Points that stand out from the morning plenary sessions. Both Rheingold and Saffo noted the importance of encouraging, supporting and guiding young people to use social media tools for concrete political action. Gillmor, Hong and Zuckerman demo-ed samples of good netizen-driven journalism and activism. Our abecedarian effort at Youth Voices has got a lot to learn and reconsider. That's obvious. But leaving aside for the moment the question of completely open vs. password-protected can learn these two things: 1. Yes, use editors! We knew that, but didn't have time to factor it in from the beginning.
Ethan Zuckerman, Global Voices Project Told us about Hao Wu, who was disappeared by the Chinese government for his blog. He did not know Hao, he had 8 emails from him. When Hao was detained, they were hesitant about advocating for his release, because of the family’s fears. But that changed, and they mounted a full court press, including getting and posting photos of his life.
Don’t speak. Point. It is getting easier for people around the world to speak on behalf of themselves. Advocate’s best strategy is often just to point to those who are speaking on the web, and get out of the way.