I have always kept this saying “work hard and everything shall fall in place”. This is only true, if one knows how to answer it correctly. While doing my undergraduate degree, I found that there were two extreme groups on campus. In one group, you have students that hardly pitch up for lectures, then “rock up” for exams and then pass with flying colours.
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.
So for this year's Blog Action Day on Human Rights I would like to draw your attention to The Internet and Human Rights, the infographic below published by APC.ORG under a creative commons license, which clearly outlines the articles in the declaration of human rights that related to how we use the Internet. These freedoms are important and we need to understand them in order to defend them. To this end, APC has developed Internet Rights Are Human Rights, an excellent series of training curricula that you can download and use to teach yourself or use to run workshops on the topic.
One day, Jack who is 19 years old was sitting in his porch when he suddenly heard the ice cream truck. Without thinking twice, he ran out and decided to run across Sarah’s lawn. He was immediately stopped in his track by Sarah as she had laid new grasses on the lawn the previous day. By definition, Jack violated Sarah Human Rights by not respecting her property simultaneously Sarah had also violated Jack’s Human Rights by denying his freedom of movement.
I received this important reminder and tips by email today from the Blog Action Day team. All Kabissa members are strongly encouraged to participate! Click here for info specific for Kabissa members blogging about human rights in Africa.
October brings Blog Action Day, which this year will focus the world's attention on the important topic of human rights. This is an ideal opportunity for Kabissa members working in Africa on human rights to tell your stories and showcase your successes and challenges in defending them in your communities. Click here for details on how to participate, and email us with your ideas.
5 tips to make the most out of taking part in Blog Action Day
Blog Action Day 2013 is almost here. Below are some top tips we have learnt over the years to make the most out of your involvement. If you have additional tips add them in the comments section of Karina's post.
1. Blog Action Day Don’t forget to take part.
Put a reminder in your calendar for October 16, 2013 to make your blog post live on Blog Action Day.
Every year lots of people forget to add their post, so put a reminder in your calendar now and set your alarm or reminder to alert you to take part in Blog Action Day.
2. Prepare you Blog Action Day post in advance.
We are all very busy people, but if you leave your Blog Action Day post until the last moment, you may run out of time.
By having your post ready a couple of days before October 16, you give yourself lots of time to follow the live coverage or look at other participants posts. Most importantly you get your post done.
3. Make your post easy to find. Tag your post.
Most Blog Action Day participants use WordPress, Blogger or Tumblr to host their blogs. These systems like nearly all other blogging systems have a section called Tags or Labels which allows you to attach keywords to your post that help search engines find your content more easily.
We suggest that you add the following tags #BAD13, #OCT16, #Humanrights, #BlogActionDay alongside any other terms that would describe your post content in these sections
4. Promote your post.
When you have posted your Blog Action Day to your blog on October 16, make sure your tell your friends and the Blog Action Day Team about it.
If you use social media networks like Twitter, Facebook, Orkut or Google+, tell the people in your network that you have taken part in Blog Action Day and that you would like them to read and comment on your blog.
Here is a suggested status update you could use.
“I’ve just posted my #BlogActionDay post on #HumanRights on [yourwebsitelink] take a look & leave a comment #BAD13″
The Blog Action Day team will be able to search for most blogs and related content, but to make sure we don’t miss yours, tweet us at @blogactionday or via our live coverage widget that will be on the front page of our website.
5. Read other Blog Action Day posts and take part in the discussion.
One of the best things about Blog Action Day is that you make connections with amazing blogs that you might not usually come across.
Follow the live coverage on October 16, on blogactionday.org and our social media profiles to find out about other participant posts. If you like someone’s Blog Action Day post why not leave a comment and share it via social networks.
The goal of Netsquared Camp 2013, Cameroon was to build a community of techies and members who can actively participate in the extension of the network both in their local communities and beyond. This was done through:
- One week workshop to train participants on web development, fund raising and online Communication from the 9th to the 12th of September 2013,
- One day conference on the 20th of September 2013 with the press to mobilize new members for local groups.
One week workshop
This workshop brought together fifteen motivated and engaged citizens from different social backgrounds among which were civil society organizations, civil servants, businesses and religious bodies. The participants had a wonderful marathon in learning the following web applications: Web development :
- Wix (www.wix.com)
- Digital mapping (www.Ushahidi.com)
- Social widgets and how to embed them in website and blogs
Initiation to Web Communication
- Introduction to web 2.0
- Online campaigns/activism with focus on Email marketing (mailchimp.com), petitions (www.change.org) surveying (www.surveymonkey.com) online events planning (www.eventbrite.com), Meetup (www.meetup.com)
- Blogging/Micro blogging (Word press, Facebook, Twitter…)
- Online photos and videos broadcasting with case study Flickr (www.flickr.com) and Youtube (www.youtube.com)
One day conference
The conference assembled fifty five (55) participants including civil servants, civil society, techies, businesses and pressmen @ hotel Lewatin Doulala.
Major activities of the day
· Presentation of Netsquared and Techsoup by Excel Asama
· Restitution of the one week workshop by Grace Same, Coordinator of Women and Girls in ICTs Working Group (www.wgict.net)
· Presentation of the global campaign on ‘Women raise their voices for peace through Social Media’ by Sylvie Ndongmo president of Women Peace Initiatives, founder of FEMNET Cameroon and coordinator of the AWANICH and COREFAC Networks in Cameroon and Central Africa.
Key projects presented
·Prevention Talk:An initiative to demonstrate the power of Web2.0 in the prevention of socio political crisis and the promotion of pace with case study; legislatives and municipal elections in Cameroon come September 30; 2013.
Organization:I-Vission International (www.ivission.net)
· Cameroon Road Safety Platform presented by Grace SAME. The objective of the project is to combat road insecurity in Cameroon via the Internet.
Website: under construction @ www.camroadsafety.com
Netsquared Camp Cameroon 2013 attempted a response to the following needs:
- Slow penetration rate of the network in this part of the world;
- Indifference of citizens to ICT matters as a result of ignorance;
- Absence of a team of techies ready to engage in ICT start ups.
Outputs of the Camp
- Fifteen (15) participants were trained on Web development, Web Communication etc
- A team of techies to boost the Netsquared Network was put in place
- We succeeded to create awareness on the Netsquared network in particular and the ICTs as a whole in our Sub region through national and international press
- More members joined Netsquared Cameroon local groups from 92 to 104 and is growing
- Four Regional Delegates from Government officially declared their support for the network!
- Workshop pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ivission/sets/72157635495860704/
- Conference pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ivission
Everyone knows that Knowledge is the main key of success. For an effective organization, it is very much needed to build up knowledge management unit into the organization. It helps increasing knowledge of its members and employees. By sharing knowledge with one another and with other organizations all employees can run their works smoothly, because earning more knowledge sharp everyone’s brain and merit.
Several types of Advocacy also help the employees to increase their ability to work by improving their satisfactions. We know that, the employees/labors of many industries are poor. So if it is possible to run some advocacy programs and provide knowledge for their capacity building, then the poor people get opportunity to improve their present life style and gradually alleviate their poverty.
In other hand, advocacy and knowledge sharing activities are much needed for social and nonprofit organizations for their clients and beneficiaries. Because, we know, getting social advocacy and knowledge everyone especially the poor can improve their life style. Proper advocacy and knowledge help to build their capacity for livelihood development. So, for effective result and touch the real goal and objectives of organization, it should running advocacy and knowledge sharing programs for their members, employees and clients. It could build a separate organ or unit for doing this. By this unit every organization collects and shares their knowledge and doing their advocacy related works with other organizations, academics, policy makers etc.
Here I share one of my presentations about the process of advocacy works and knowledge sharing activities and build up a ‘Social Advocacy and Knowledge Management (SAKM) Unit’.
Please see the attached file.