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· March, 2012

Stories about Ideas from March, 2012

Cape Verde: Calling Out Creative Writers

  22 March 2012

Cape Verdean blogger and journalist Odair Varela has launched a creative writing competition [pt] that will last for one month. The first of four weekly challenges consists of writing about how the country will be in the year 2090 [pt]. The essays should be submitted until March 27, 2012.

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Video: Surfers, Fishermen and Radiation in Post Earthquake Japan

  20 March 2012

Journalist Lisa Katayama and filmmaker Jason Wishnow are documenting the lives of people dealing with radiation in a post-earthquake Japan. In We Are All Radioactive, they are including 50% footage made by themselves in the areas around Fukushima Power Plant, and 50% footage made by residents who were given waterproof digital cameras.

Jamaica: The Tivoli 73

  19 March 2012

Active Voice blogs about an art exhibit that references the 73 Jamaican citizens killed during the 2010 Tivoli Gardens occupation: “The 73 flags were suspended with clothespins from a simulated clothesline. You couldn’t help think…were the 73 hung out to dry by the Jamaican government?”

Syria: When Assad Falls

Like all Arabs protesting against their dictators, Syrians have many hopes and aspirations for life after the toppling of their dictator Bashar Al Assad. On Twitter, Syrians are sharing their dreams under the hash tag #WhenAssadFalls

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A Love Letter From Israel to Iran

A message of love from Israelis to Iranians sounds stranger than fiction in these tense years where Iranian and Israeli governments threaten each other constantly. But we see examples of just this in a new Facebook campaign.

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Mozambique: The People's Wall of Maputo

  13 March 2012

At the same time that we increasingly see the advance of new technologies which facilitate communication and information, in Maputo the People's Wall has emerged; a large wall in a public place where the population can write letters and direct reflections to the governing leaders.

Video: 10 tips to make your videos better

  13 March 2012

Adam Westbrook shares 10 tips to make your online videos look better. Paired up with good storytelling, things like tripod use, closeups, controlling thumbnails, sound, bitrates, color correction, compression and meta data can help your video make its mark.

Latin America: The Civic Media Projects panel at SXSW

  12 March 2012

Miguel Paz from Poderopedia announces the Civic Media Projects in Latin America panel at SXSW, which will take place today, March 12, at 3:30 Austin time. Yesica Guerra from Crónicas de Héroes (Hero Reports), Lu Ortiz of Nova Digital Mexico, Jorge Luis Sierra from Mi Panamá Transparente, and Miguel Paz will discuss how they “developed,...

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A Global Voices Guide to SXSW

  9 March 2012

This week in Austin, Texas geeks, musicians, film-makers, creative types and ordinary party-goers will be mingling over cutting-edge ideas and free drinks. South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival and conference, now in its 25th year, begins on Friday, March 9, 2012.

Bahamas: Anti-Crime Ideas

  7 March 2012

With crime being top of mind, Weblog Bahamas‘ Rick Lowe asks: “Without society's willingness to report crime and suspicious looking people or incidents – how do we move forward?”

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Guatemala: Empowering Communities Through Pedal Powered Machines

  7 March 2012

Maya Pedal is an organization in Guatemala that specializes in bringing progress through secondhand bicycles. Those that aren't usable as bicycles anymore get turned into pedal powered machines to help in daily work such as pumping water, grinding corn, blending, shelling nuts and making roof tiles.

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