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Socialmedia and the Iranian Election

I found this very interesting article on how socialmedia are supporting the events and the information sharing process during the events which followed the Iran Elections.

I really think it’s worth reading it to have an idea of how information, people and Internet go together today.

UPDATE: more from the same source: a social media timeline on Iranian Elections.

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Barry Schwartz at TED

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Some inspiring points extrapolated from recent Barry Schwartz’s speech at TED:

– Human interactions involving kindness care and empathy are essential part of the job.

– Wise persons:

  • know when and how to make the exception to every rule;
  • know how to improvise;
  • are like jazz musician, using the notes on the page but dancing around them, inventing combination that are appropriate for the situation and the people at hand;
  • know how to use these moral skills in the service of the right aim.

– Rules and procedures may be dumb but they spare you from thinking.

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1981: predicting the birth of Internet

Have  a look at what techcrunch found out somewhere, somehow around Youtube.

This video is really fantastic and gives a flavor of what, less than 30 years ago, seemed to be only science-fiction.

The speaker ended her note mentioning speed and cost of the new service and concluding that it wouldn’t be able to overcame the traditional paper service…

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Jan Chipchase at TED

These days we are ending the Forum on Mobile Telephony in Rural Areas with the question: “What is your vision for the future? Here we are looking for suggestions for new services or improving existing services, and ideas for collaboration going forward?

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Some interesting ideas from Jan Chipchase at TED about the future of mobile. I’ll blog earlier next week about the ideas and visions coming out of the Forum.

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In My Name

I find this initiative pretty interesting:

Youtube with Oxfam, Save the children, CARE and other organizations, is launching this video channel on the web, called “In my name“, to influence world leaders about the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals. As Youtube states in its official blog:

“… through November 1, visit to upload a video stating your name, your home country, and your simple message to your government about the need to meet the MDGs. Be as creative, compelling, simple, or wordy as you like — this is your chance to join the video petition to end world hunger.

At the end of the program on November 1, a mash-up of the most powerful submissions from around the world will be broadcast directly to global leaders at the United Nations General Assembly, as proof that global citizens are holding them to their commitment to create a better world for everyone.”

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Writeshop on Video for development

These days FAO is hosting a very interesting writeshop about how to use Video for development. Introducing the event, the organizers declare the objective to:

document experiences and provide guidance to readers on the application of video for rural and agricultural development

So FAO, CTA, gtz and the University of Wageningen, gathering experts in Rome, want to offer a general overview of the potential use of video in development. Here is a tentative graph to define the two factors (audiences and objectives) directors keep in mind while deciding what kind of video to shoot:

With the publication of the book, the participants wish specifically to accelerate the debate on video in agricultural development.

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The week of videos

Last week was a continuous discovering of interesting videos. Have a look at:

  1. TED Talks – Howard Rheingold: Way-new collaboration
  2. DLD08 – Day3 – Generation web on
  3. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns

p.s.: unfortunately it is a bit problematic to embed them in this post, so you have to follow the links…