Announcement: Most Kenyans spend idle afternoons discussing technology in trendy cafes. Nearly all Venezuelans oppose Chavez. And throughout the Middle East you'd be hard pressed to find anyone who supports sharia law. Or, at least, those would be your impressions of the world as shaped by the ever-expanding global blogosphere. As much as participatory media have democratized how we find out about the world around us, the new global voices tend to come from a narrow demographic: highly educated, urban, and upper-middle class. Rising Voices is a citizen media outreach initiative of Global Voices. Over the past year and a half it has provided micro-funding and training resources to 16 projects in communities in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe which previously had little or no online representation. David Sasaki, Global Voice's director of outreach, will discuss the successes, challenges, and lessons learned over the past 18 months of training under-represented communities how to take advantage of new media tools to participate in the 21st century global conversation.
Lessons Learned from Training Developing World in New Media
David Sasaki, from Global Voices will be giving a presentation at Berkman's luncheon series today, on his lessons learned over the last 18 months of training underrepresented communities (mostly in the developing world) on using new media tools to participate in the global conversation. Webcast here.