Business Fights Poverty meeting June 2nd
Great news about Barefoot Power:
Continuing to explore overlapping intersts with Mike Gurnstein's Community Informatics Students:
Nikki's regular blog about our UK-Nigeria meetings is turning into a valuable archive for us. We don't have anythign similar for the UK side of things so I'll try this. It won't be reflective and analytical - more like bits taken directly from a desk diary - some dates and key activities, links to events I went to (plus bits copied and pasted), and a list of open letters I've written on Dadamac's Posterous. If it proves useful (to others or even just to me) then I'll keep doing it - if not I'll stop.
Over the last eight weeks I have been experimenting with Posterous - so now I am reflecting on the experience. Posterous can be used for blogging, but I already have a blog, so I wanted it for something different. I was attracted to it because it is so easy to use - as easy as an email.
My first entry said "I think it [Posterous] might help me with those emails that are "half private half public". I mean the ones where I start to write the email then realise that I need to add a chunk of background information that is not yet on my blog." So - is that how it has worked out in practice? Well certainly most, though not all, of my posts are copies of emails, but there is something more to it than that.
Hi Elaine, Frances, Henry, John, Cicely, Marcus, Andy, and Nikki
Some of you know each other, some of you don't - but you will have started to know each other a bit by the time you have finished reading this. I think you will all find it helpful to have a shared picture of where Dadamac Foundation is now, regarding its use of the Internet. I will not try to do detailed people-to-people introductions, because as we work together you will learn who people are and how they fit in.
Thank you for your rapid response to my initial comment on your blog. I am glad that you know first hand the differences in the two cultures (ie of academics and of practitioners). I agree completely that “bridging these two realities (which they are) is usually not an easy thing to do”. If there are to be any bridges it seems we have to be active bridge builders.
Thanks for the telling me about three women from Africa getting trained in making and installing solar lamps at a training course at the Barefoot College in Rajasthan I am trying to think what you already know about dadamac's current interests in solar power. I'll just mention a few things in case we have not discussed them before.
I was interested to read your impressions of social media - and glad you enjoyed the twitter session. (All the teaching tips are in the Second Thursday twitter session achive. ) It was the first time we have tried anything quite like that - just a handful of us agreeing to meet onine to learn about something as specific as twitter (Second Thursday twitter session invitation).
Do you still like Facebook?
I joined Facebook because Chris Macrae often sent me information that I wanted to read - but increasingly he sent it through Facebook. For a while I just ignored information sent that way, but in the end I joined. Then I looked at Chris' list of friends - and was intersted to find people I knew.. so I looked at their friends and so on. But I never became an enthusiast. When I do go there it just seems too full of stuff that I really don't have time to plough through.
I have just started to explore posterous - which describes itself as "the dead simple way to put anything online using email" and says "We're super excited to see what happens when blogging becomes as easy as email, and we hope you enjoy posterous as much as we do. Thanks for trying it."
Posterous can be used in lots of ways. For myself, I simply hope to use it as a kind of in-between point - somewhere between blogging and sending personal emails.
You can see what I mean by checking my first three posts there. They are, in reverse order:
Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your choice of query or topic.
I follow our sister organisation Fantsuam Foundation and have just read an alert directing me to an article by John Dada in APC News