Saturday, March 27, 2010

Th!nk3: Flying High for the Developing World

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Finshed my first post since returning from the launch of the Th!nk3: Developing World blogging competition in Brussels:

In 2000 the United Nations established 8 ambitious Millennium Development Goals (MDG) for the Developing World.
The critical question being asked now:
Can journalism play a more constructive role in realising the MDG targets set for 2015, whether it be traditional mainstream media or the new online media?

Flying High for the Developing World

If you would like to help promote the greater global good, then please read the article and spend some quality time online with the Th!nk3 Community conversation.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

World Water Day 22 March 2010

Monday 22 March 2010 was World Water Day:
It is still a reality that an estimated 1.1 billion people rely on unsafe drinking-water sources. Therefore the theme of World Water Day 2010 is focusing on raising awareness of water quality under the theme "Clean Water for a Healthy World". IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre offers a wide selection of documents looking at the different aspects of water quality such as water treatment, health and technology. This information is for instance, available via the IRC digital library, the Source Newsletter and on the IRC web site.
Juliet Willetts, Research Director at Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney, posted about her concerns in the developing world:
As long as the issues in life that most concern women and girls are ignored, we deny these women both the basic tools for physical survival as well as the chance to a better life, free of all sorts of oppression.
Ignore water, ignore women
Unfortunately some commenters focused on so-called feminism ideology in her remarks rather than the issues raised.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Global Voices Summit: Next generation citizen media, public access and citizen participation

I'm Attending Global Voices Citizen Media Summit 2010

A message from Ivan Sigal of Global Voices about the upcoming Global Voices Citizen Media Summit 2010:
Dear Friends of Global Voices,

The Global Voices Citizen Media Summit 2010 will be held in Santiago, Chile on May 6-7. The theme of the meeting is "Next generation citizen media, public access and citizen participation.”Global Voices ( will gather with a diverse group of bloggers, activists, technologists, journalists from around the world for two days of public discussions and workshops. A two-day internal meeting for Global Voices editors, translators and contributors will follow the public gathering.

We're planning two days of intense discussion, learning, and workshops. Highlights include:

- Awards ceremony for the Global Voices/Google online freedom of expression award, Breaking Borders.

- Discussions of the maturation of citizen media in the developing world.

- Presentations of in-depth research projects on the multilingual web and new media technologies that promote transparency and accountability.

Please see our summit website for more information:

We would love to see as many of you there who can make it. We're reaching out to you because you signed up on our website asking for more information, or because you are a member, partner, or supporter, or work on similar issues.

The event will be held at the Santiago Public Library, and in the next few days we'll have more information available on the site about lodging options, and travel and transport suggestions.

Please see our registration page to sign up:

Limited space is available. Reserve your slot now!

GV is able to waive the entrance fee for a limited number of individuals, based on need. If you'd like to come, but can't afford it, please inquire. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide travel and lodging stipends, unless you are a speaker or an invited member of the GV community.

Feel free to pass this note on to interested parties. This is a public conference, and all are welcome while we have space. Registration will be first-come, first-serve.

If you aren't able to join in person, we'll be streaming, blogging, and chatting as we go. We're on Twitter at gvsummit2010, and our Facebook page is live.

If you have specific questions about the summit, please contact our Managing Director, Georgia Popplewell at


Ivan and Georgia

Ivan Sigal
Executive Director, Global Voices l +1 202 361 2712

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Welcome to the Red Bluff blog

Welcome to my new blog, Red Bluff.

It will canvass views about political, social and environmental issues. Plus it will share some personal experiences and special places.

Its launch coincides with my selection as a participant in the TH!NK3: Developing World blogging competition.

TH!NK ABOUT IT #3 - OFFICIAL TRAILER from European Journalism Centre on Vimeo.

It kicks off in Brussels on Monday 22 March. For more: Th!nk3