Dadamac's Collaborators Connect is an online community initiated by me (Pamela McLean). It's where we connect with each other because we can do more together than we can do apart.
Dadamac UK-Nigeria team meetings are held on Skype, and are typed. They have a set agenda and last for one hour. You can read the unfolding story of all the community initiatives covered in these meetings, mainly through Nikki's blog and Frances' blog (with a few gaps filled in through Pamela's blog which usually covers other topics).
This initiative was set up in response to the sad and unexpected news of Maria's sudden death on February 21st 2011. As people shared the news, and responded to it, there was a feeling that, somehow, we should do something to remember her and see how her work could be continued. Pamela and Nikki decided that what they could do (from the Dadamac UK office) was to set up a space at Dadamac.net where people could contribute information about Maria's life and work, and explore possible collaborative ways to carry it forward.
First Thursdays are a series of online chats that take place on the First Thursday of every month. To take part see First Thursday Meeting Updates
Chris Macrae was keen to promote the ideas in Muhamad Yunus’ book, ‘World Without Poverty’. To this end he distributed free copies of the book and encouraged people to set up book clubs.
Pamela organised distribution of the books in Nigeria and Kenya (with some of the Kenyan books reaching Tanzania and Uganda).
Professor Dick Heller, Dr John Dada and Pamela McLean collaborated on the foundation work for what subsequently became the Peoples Open Access Education Initiative: Peoples-uni - Building Public Health capacity using Internet-based e-learning.
(Updated by Pamela McLean October 2013)
Dadamac Day is an annual celebration of the Dadamac Community, held in November. See below for the early approach to Dadamac Day, which was originally only connected with the Teachers Talking group. Over the years the emphasis has shifted to the wider Dadamac Commmunity meeting on the Internet, and we no longer organise a "physical location re-union celebration party" at Fantsuam. The way we mark Dadamac Day year by year reflects what is currently happening.