Stories about Ideas from August, 2013
Secrets To Enjoy Your Traffic Jam
Traffic jam at the overcrowded mega-city Dhaka is one of the most irritating problems in Bangladesh. Karim at Amader kotha shares some secret tips to utilize those boring moments of immobility when you are stuck in a jam.
‘The Worst Tours’ Unveils Darker Side of Portugal's Top Travel Destination
An alternative tours agency takes visitors through "the other side" of the city of Porto to show them what life is really like under austerity .
Kyrgyzstan to Become a ‘Beam of Light’ in the ‘Dark’ Region?
Blogger Bektour Iskender suggests [ru] that “free” Kyrgyzstan should allow citizens of the less free nations in Central Asia, particularly Turkmenistan, to stay in the country visa-free: OK, we have [visa-free regime] for citizens of 44 developed nations. This is great. However, I believe that Kyrgyzstan as the most free country...
Crowdfunding Project in Brazil Seeks to Finance Independent Reporters
Non-profit journalism agency Publica is launching a crowdfunding projecy to support independent investigative jounalism.
PHOTOS: Mapping Urban Art in Buenos Aires and Beyond
A group of Argentines invite you to share and map images of graffiti from your city.
Caribbean: Tumbling Into Art
ARC has a list of 21 Caribbean artists you should be following on Tumblr.
Jamaica: “Sketch in Stories”
The Caribbean has not been as acutely aware of sequential art/cartoon/ comics as a creative practice. ART:Jamaica interviews one illustrator who is exploring the genre.
Crowdmapping Mexico's Disappeared
# PorTodosLosDesaparecidos (For all the missing) is a direct initiative, without intermediaries, which seeks to create a direct contact between the victims, citizens, family and the media. The goal is to document the 27,000 people missing that the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) has registered. The Secretary of the Interior...
#YoViajoPara: Why do Latin Americans Travel?
Travelers discussed on Twitter under the hashtag #YoViajoPara the reasons why they love to visit other places.
VIDEO: Shop at the ‘Barrio’ in Asunción, Paraguay
The campaign ‘Volvé al barrio’ (Return to the neighborhood) promotes small businesses in the Loma San Jerónimo neighborhood in Asunción, Paraguay's capital, with video ads where the neighborhood's residents tell viewers about their shops and small businesses. In the blog Hallucina [es], Global Voices contributor Gabriela Galilea shares three of...
Cartoons Magazine Raises Funds for Brazil's Free Fare Movement
Magazine that has collected cartoons about the protests in Brazil now available to buy online.
Uruguay One Step Closer to Legalizing Marijuana
Lawmakers and citizens have been debating the government's plan to decriminalize the controlled sale and production of marijuana for more than a year.
Tchip: The “Shaking My Head” Meme from Africa
Nadéra Bouazza explains what being “tchippée” [fr] means for french speaking black communities. Tchip is the sound one makes when he/she disapproves of the behavior/action of someone else (roughly similar to the “shaking my head” internet slang). The “Tchip” sound is used across most black communities and has become an internet meme:
TNW Announces Latin American Startup Awards Winners
In the lead up to this year’s The Next Web Conference Latin America, we’ve been running Startup Awards competitions in Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Brazil in search of the hottest startups and investors. […] The result has been absolutely amazing – in just under a week 18,448 people have cast a...
16 Passengers Travel in One Rickshaw In Rural India
Blogger and entrepreneur Kiruba Shankar writes how in rural India an auto rickshaw built to take four passengers, now transports 16 people: Here’s how the math works. Three in the front (including the driver). Four in the back seat. Three in the small wooden seat opposite the rear seat. Two...
Senegalese Literacy Contest Winner Turns Down French Visa in Protest
Bousso Dramé describes the ill treatment she received when obtaining a French visa in a widely circulated open letter.
DREAM Helps Reduce AIDS Cases in Africa
An interview with Paola Germano, leader of Comunità di Sant'Egidio's DREAM programme in Africa. She explains why research has confirmed a reduction in AIDS cases in sub-saharan Africa.