Stories about Ideas from May, 2011
Jamaica: Garvey's Good Name
Diaspora litblogger Geoffrey Philp has begun an online movement to clear Marcus Garvey's name – his aim is “to get 10,000 signatures and to deliver the petition to President Barack Obama.”
Uruguay Implements Argentinean Initiative ‘I read this book’
In Pires Mios [es], Macarena announces that the initiative ‘I read this book’ (in Spanish: “yo leí este libro”) that began in Argentina is now being implemented in Uruguay. On its official blog [es], the organizers explain how it works: you leave a book on the street (in a bench,...
Pakistan: TEDx Karachi Inspires Pakistanis
The second TEDx Karachi event took place on the 27 May, 2011, and it included speakers like Mukhtaran Mai, Raja Sabri Khan, Fasi Zaka and Imran Khan. Pakistani netizens share their opinions about the event which inspires to 'Make the Impossible Possible'.
Cuba: Any True Democracy?
“When Castro says that Cuba is the most democratic country in the world, I am uncertain if he is being serious or it is black humor”: Iván García says that he will only “believe in the Socialist democracy, as advocated by the regime in Havana, when you see a negative...
Cuba: Architectural Heritage
Fernando Dámaso at Translating Cuba, is concerned about the country's architectural patrimony.
Guyana: Dreaming of Utopia
“One day, we gon discard that box, push aside the ol’ habits, and think in ways that make the whole place sparkle”: Guyana-Gyal has a dream.
Trinidad & Tobago: Advantegous Politics
Plain Talk says that when it comes to politics, “the name of the game is advantage.”
Cuba: Students Need Internet
“The more often I read about the internet from the Cuban government perspective the more I feel like we need to do a better job of explaining to them why the internet is necessary”: Graham Sowa, blogging at Havana Times, makes a case for why the Internet is a critical...
Brazil: Crowdfunding Potential
Interest in crowdfunding, a form of online fundraising, has exploded in recent months in Brazil. We survey the scene and the potential of crowd fundraising in a country known for world-renowned social organizing, and creativity.
Cuba: Cultural Center Closed
Generation Y blogs about “the shock of the correctives” in the form of “the closure of the cultural center run by the painter Pedro Pablo Oliva”.
China: “We Chinese”
Scott Brauer introduces a project, “We Chinese”, which aims to develop a portrait of the country by looking at the individual people that make it up.
Japan: Video Haiku
Vimeo user Stephen Niebauer presents a project called Video Haiku. A haiku is a short form of Japanese poetry that usually consists of three verses of 5,7 and 5 morae. “So, for this project, your video structure should be like this: 5 second shot, 7 second shot, 5 second shot.”
U.S.V.I.: “The Caribbean Writer”
A Nation or Nobody is enjoying his new copy of The Caribbean Writer: “The topics…rang[e] from the Virgin Islands’ place in the Caribbean community to concerns over the homicide rate in the territory…”
Trinidad & Tobago: Dangerous Dogs & the Bigger Picture
Globewriter posts an interview he did with the President of the T&T Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Against the backdrop of a recent spate of dog attacks, they discuss the existing law as it pertains to dangerous dogs, as well as responsible pet ownership, animal welfare and...
Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago: More on Bocas
More on the Bocas Lit Fest, from Annie Paul.
India: Taxi Cab For Women In Delhi
Shital Shah at Think Change India writes that an innovative start up in Delhi, which is training women to drive taxi cabs to provide abuse free transport for women.
Interview with Cati Restrepo, Global Voices Contributor
Cati Restrepo was the natural leader and most public face of the project financed by Rising Voices: Hiperbarrio, a project which she left one year ago. Cati was also the winner of the Miss Talent prize in the city of Medellín, which led her to front her own project known as “Women and Digital Inclusion”. In addition to being an active Global Voices collaborator she is also currently involved in many other things. I would therefore like to invite you to get to know her a little more.
Jamaica: The Simple Life
Diaspora blogger Grasshopper Eyes The Potomac wants to keep things simple.
China: Red Culture Fever
2011 is turning out to be a year for 'red culture' revival, mocked fiercely online but taken seriously by courts, prisons, universities, television stations and police departments in a growing number of areas throughout the country. Is it all for political show, or does it signal a pending culture war in China?
Bolivia: Recycling Water for Irrigation
Roberto Laserna describes [es] how he recycles water that he later uses for irrigation. He lists some of his errors in constructing the recycling system and suggests ways to avoid common mistakes.
Sri Lanka: The pride Of Being A Sri Lankan father
Dhammika Dharmawardhane enjoys the pride of being a Sri Lankan father and writes in details why.