Stories about Ideas from October, 2009
China: From class struggle to marry
ESWN translates a debate that reflects the young generation's value in present day China. The debate is on whether the Chinese communist party's model drama heroine, White Haired Girl, should marry the evil landlord.
Israel: Sviva Israel is Best Practice in Social Media
Sviva Israel as a best practice model in social media. Debra Askanase of Community Organizer 2.0 explains how in her case study: “How a Facebook Event Transformed an Organization.”
Israel: Charitable Giving at Every Level
“The difference between being charitable and being a philanthropist is having a strategy,” writes Richard Marker in eJewish Philanthropy, explaining why “You Don't Need to Be Rich to be a Philanthropist.”
Israel: Can Tel Aviv Become a Biking Mecca?
Can Tel Aviv join the Netherlands and China as an ideal location for cyclists? Ami Vider of Tel Aviv Tomorrow discusses its potential.
Israel:Blog Action Day for the Environment
On Blog Action Day, October 15, Israeli bloggers were already looking ahead to October 24 when environmental organizations, activists, and bloggers too, are planning a day of climate change protest across the Middle East.
Caribbean: Blogging About Climate Change
October 15 is Blog Action Day 2009 and Caribbean bloggers are adding their voices to the global conversation about climate change.
Reading the world on Blog Action Day
More than 9000 bloggers are devoting a post to climate change today as part of Blog Action Day, an annual initiative started by Change.org to unite the world's bloggers in reaching their millions of readers.
Safeguarding the world's cultural heritage
Many organisations working to preserve global cultural heritage - both tangible and intangible - have been using online media to support their efforts.
Featured Author: Marietta Le
Marietta joined Global Voices after coming to the 2008 Global Voices Summit in Budapest to cover the event as a journalist for a local paper. A self-described technophile, Marietta likes how Global Voices uses technology to encourage dialog between distinct communities that often don't interact.
Anguilla: Construction Transparency
Inspired by a speech from the Chairman of the Trinidad and Tobago chapter of Transparency International, Corruption-free Anguilla is concerned that “fair play, transparency, and accountability will continue to be unknown in the Anguillian public sector construction sector.”
Bahamas: Helping the Homeless
Bahama Pundit‘s Larry Smith takes a look at the problem of homelessness in New Providence: “Resettlement support alone will not be enough to help these people back into mainstream society.”
Trinidad & Tobago: Paper Guns
Reflecting on the crime situation, Trinidad artist Marlon Darbeau examines how “a simple sheet of copybook size page with lines that when folded makes a hand gun” – fellow blogger Tattoo comments: “That which is innocent and weak, seeks something else, but ends up being a paper gun. ”
Jamaica: Natural Selection
From Jamaica, Annie Paul posts a list of “videos, blogs and articles I find totally worth recommending.”
Trinidad & Tobago: What Town Say…
A new literary magazine, based in Trinidad and Tobago, also has its own blog, here.
Barcamp Phnom Penh Attracts Regional IT Enthusiasts
The Cambodian Tech community hosted the Phnom Penh Barcamp earlier this month. In addition to a massive local participation, the Barcamp attracted participants from neighboring countries. The participants talked about technology and ideas on using IT tools for development. We have some images and videos from the two day event.
Romania: “Extreme Recycling?”
At Th!nk About It, a European blogging competition site, Romanian author Adela posts and translates a video about Ioana Cioanca, a Romanian woman from Bistrita-Nasaud, who “owns no less than eight pieces of clothes and accessories (a hat, a shawl, a skirt, a blouse, a raincoat, a purse, a handbag...
Caribbean: Obama & the Nobel Peace Prize
Barack Obama can now add another prestigious title to his already impressive resume: Nobel Laureate. Caribbean bloggers react.
Trinidad & Tobago: Yes, Mr. Prime Minister
From Trinidad and Tobago, Gab Hosein posts another installment of her video series, “If I were Prime Minister…”
Gabon’s bloggers struggle to take hold
Adriankoto Harinjaka Ratozamanana, a Global Voices in Malagasy translator, went to Gabon to help report the presidential election on Twitter, Facebook, and blogs in a country where journalists are at risk. Here is his story.
China: Democracy debate
ESWN has translated two forum posts on the nature of democracy. One claimed that democracy is completely useless, the other one argued against it.
Haiti: Smoke & Mirrors?
Of the recent conference aimed at attracting investors to the island, Hervé Jean Michel, blogging at HaitiAnalysis.com, says: “Despite the fanfare surrounding the meeting, Haiti's masses remained completely indifferent to the gathering.”