Using Storify to contribute to eNigeria Conference from afar

The #eNigeria2013 Conference is in full swing in Abuja, and I am contributing to the event from afar using Storify - see below for all the details or click here to view the eNigeria Conference story directly on Storify website. It's a distant second from being there in person as I was last year, but still I am happy to be a part of it in my small way.

Storify is a handy online tool that lets you create and develop narrative out of online content. It has powerful search tools to find content on twitter, google and other common sources and then include them using a drag and drop interface. I like it for making sense of the flood of information from a time-limited event that multiple people are posting updates about. 

Africa Roundtable: What is the Appropriate Combination of Financing and Human Capital Training for Sustainable Development?

Update:

Thanks everyone who joined us for the Africa Roundtable! The discussion with Nathan was very interesting, and the recording is well worth listening to (about an hour) and can be downloaded from https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/1436887230943837954 

The Africa Roundtable is back on 15 January, 2014 with an invitation to join a discussion on an interesting and timely question facing African civil society today, proposed by Nathaniel Houghton of the Congo Leadership Initiative: 

"The question development in Africa frequently becomes an argument about whether or how much aid should be given to developing communities and in what cases markets may be a useful development mechanism. This debate simplified is a question over whether the primary or first problem facing underdeveloped countries and communities is a lack of resources or a lack of capacity. Ultimately, both of these factors are necessary to promote sustainable change, but the correct "mix" is a serious topic for debate." 

How to Join the Discussion 

Click here to register and we will send you instructions and a link for joining the online event using your web browser. The event is free for all but we do request that you register in advance and consider making an optional $10 donation to Kabissa which helps to cover our costs. 

The event is scheduled for 15 January, 2014 at 15:00 UTC (6pm Nairobi, 4pm Abuja, 4pm Berlin, 3pm London, 10am Washington DC, 7am Seattle)

Introducing Nathaniel Houghton 

Portrait of Nathaniel Houghton

Nathaniel is the President and Founder of the Congo Leadership Initiative. From the CLI website stories page:

Nate used to think that he didn’t have a very good CLI story. That’s because he can’t point to one moment in Congo that changed his life, made him renounce every idea he had about the world, and led him to start a nonprofit in Africa. He’s not from Congo and the first time he visited Kinshasa, he was nineteen. But at this point, it’s safe to say that Congo’s history, people, and future are as big a part of his life as his own family and friends in the United States.

Nate believes that, “The best way to make the world a better place is to find something you love doing and figure out how to positively impact other people’s lives through your talents and interests. I think startups are cool, and that’s what CLI is. I believe in our product - leadership - and its power to change the world. I am inspired by the countless volunteers, in Congo and around the world, who make CLI possible.” Nate is thrilled with how much CLI has grown and even more excited for the future.

 
Nate believes that, “The best way to make the world a better place is to find something you love doing and figure out how to positively impact other people’s lives through your talents and interests. I think startups are cool, and that’s what CLI is. I believe in our product - leadership - and its power to change the world. I am inspired by the countless volunteers, in Congo and around the world, who make CLI possible.” Nate is thrilled with how much CLI has grown and even more excited for the future.
 
Nate believes that, “The best way to make the world a better place is to find something you love doing and figure out how to positively impact other people’s lives through your talents and interests. I think startups are cool, and that’s what CLI is. I believe in our product - leadership - and its power to change the world. I am inspired by the countless volunteers, in Congo and around the world, who make CLI possible.” Nate is thrilled with how much CLI has grown and even more excited for the future.
 
 
Nate believes that, “The best way to make the world a better place is to find something you love doing and figure out how to positively impact other people’s lives through your talents and interests. I think startups are cool, and that’s what CLI is. I believe in our product - leadership - and its power to change the world. I am inspired by the countless volunteers, in Congo and around the world, who make CLI possible.” Nate is thrilled with how much CLI has grown and even more excited for the future. - See more at: http://congoleaders.org/stories.html#S4

About the Congo Leadership Initiative

Congo Leadership Initiative empowers young people in Congo by preparing them to be leaders because the ultimate solutions to Congo's problems will come from the Congolese people. 

About the Africa Roundtable

The Africa Roundtable is an initiative of Kabissa to organize events to bring together people with a mutual interest in Africa for networking and to learn from featured speakers. Roundtable events connect people via video conference, and are recorded and put online for later viewing.

If you are interested in being featured at a future event please contact [email protected]. Details about upcoming events and an archive of past roundtable events are on our website at http://www.kabissa.org/africaroundtable

Wanted: Films that illustrate how aid works

 

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The Social Impact Media Awards, organized by DEEDA Productions, have announced their 2nd annual call for submissions for their juried 2014 awards. Filmmakers and do-gooders, show us your video-based products that portray people grappling with the realities of aid programs on the ground!

SIMA is looking for videos that share unique insight into “HOW AID WORKS”, or videos that highlight distinctive approaches, creative models, successful tactics and innovations, emphasizing processes used and impact measurements. NGOs, foundations, local grassroots organizations, and community activists from all over the world are invited to submit their videos and compete for recognition of the process behind their development work. These how-to stories can be between 3-20 minutes long. (Check out the 2013 Educational Impact nominees here.)

Learn more about the rules and regulations of this film competition and submit yours here!

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The Social Impact Media Awards makes juried impact documentaries available to institutions and community groups who wish to host screenings and utilize social cinema to inspire and mobilize their constituencies. See the SIMA 2013 Screening Catalogue and book a screening here.
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The Internet and Human Rights

I am and always have been an advocate of Internet as an important empowerment tool for civil society organizations worldwide working to improve the lives of people in their communities. The United Nations Declaration of Human Rights is also an important tool we can use to claim and defend our rights. Sometimes the connection gets lost, and indeed it seems that, increasingly, the Internet is being used more as a tool to oppress us rather than to empower us. 

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Celebrate International Day of the Girl in October with Girl Rising!

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The second annual International Day of the Girl is TODAY, October 11, 2013You are invited to celebrate with Kabissa's newest member organization, Girl Rising, who are helping to organize celebration events around the world (200 already planned in Africa!) throughout the month of October. 
 
This year's theme is girls' education, and it's not too late to plan an event of your own. You can show a portion of the Girl Rising film, or hold a house party, discussion, or volunteer day. There are a number of great tools like save the dates, invitations, and promotional videos available online through the Girl Rising toolkit once you register, helping to make any event you choose to host a great success. 
 
To see awesome ideas for events in your region and register your own please click here!

Update: Registration for International Day of the Girl is now closed.

It was a huge success, with more than 2,000 Girl Rising events in over 150 countries – from screenings, to art exhibits to talent shows.

Want to get involved? Here are three ways:

  • Host a screening. Bring Girl Rising to your community.
  • Organize an event. Our next big moment is March 8, International Women’s Day. Sign up now to be notified when our materials are ready.
  • Join the movement! Be part of a growing global community of girl champions.

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