web 2.0 for development

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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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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…

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Communication and information: so different one from the other

Some days ago I found this very interesting video of Alfonso Gumucio Dragon who explains the difference between communication and journalism (or information management). Alfonso wrote a very useful book: Making waves. Stories of Participatory Communication for Social Change, collecting innovative communication for social change projects.

When doing the Internet, it is so important to understand this difference to be able to fully exploit the potentialities of the Net.

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Videos in Ramallah

My friend Claudia is living in Ramallah where the situation is really difficult. She wrote me: “There is now a danish artist working in Ramallah, and his one minute film on the rush hour in Ramallah is a jewel. Really do check it out at:


Look at these two kids playing These images and sounds are so expressive! Have a look at them.