I agree when David Nemer says the problem about digital divide research is that "quantitative approaches are addressed to answer the wrong questions" Digital Divide Research: one myth, problem and challenge by David Nemer.
If you've read Nikki's latest blog Adieu for now! you'll already know that Dadamac is losing Nikki for the time being as she has to give her full attention to Collage-network ("Collage" for short - and "Collage-network - Age of Collaboration" to give its fuller title). We're going to miss her valuable input, not just in visible ways like the blog, but for all she's been doing to help shape and nurture Dadamac.
Dadamac has always been about the people involved rather than the tech that we use. But without the tech there would be no Dadamac The people and the tech are inextricably entwined. We value the tech because it enables us to communicate and collaborate.
John Dada: Updates from FF: We have taken on a new staff, Helen in the microfinance section.... We have revised and upgraded our microfinance program. We are now more involved in encouraging clients to save rather than borrow. Small groups of clients, up to five, will be assisted to set up their savings account at Fantsuam, and they can now give each other loans from their savings. It is a method of helping clients to provide banking services for themselves. Fantsuam's role is that of facilitator and that is where we will earn our fees.
Things are coming together within education/learning/ICT. For now I'll focus on GlobalNet21, Dadamac and something that I call "Virtual Academia' (plus a quick mention of "Everything Unplugged").
It's wonderful when things fall into place. Two examples from last week are Wednesday's Meetup on Informal Learning and Learning Networks, and Friday's visibility session with Julliet Makhapila.
Following my blog about Julliet Makhapila's work in Kenya (which she organised from the UK) these are some comments Julliet asked to write here;
I want to appreciate the work of the Volunteer Cordinator, Paul Njuguna, and the efforts of all the volunteers. Well done everyone.
Today Julliet Makhapila told me about her Diversity in Kenya Communites project in Njoro, Nakuru, Kenya. She told me about the event that she arranged there on 17th November 2012.
1 - Organisational questions that ask about affiliations and roles always cause me problems. I do many things - but I seldom work on them alone, so I prefer to say "we" not "I". However that raises the question "When I say 'we' who is being included?"
1 - The new year kicked off with "Everything Unplugged" on Wednesday. On Thursday it was the first "First Thursday" of the year - which Nikki kindly hosted as I was at a Christmas family-happening. On Friday there was New Tuttle, followed by some website work with Andy Broomfield, then a useful Tuttle follow-up meeting, and a quick visit to Hub Westminster on my way home - which conveniently happened to overlap Mix at Six.