Around the TechSoup Global Blogosphere, January 23-29

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Kevin examines the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs' use of new media to empower youths in Armenia and Azerbaijan. From TechSoup Global's grant-funded projects: MaintainIT Project. In case you missed it, here's what we've had to say over the past week. From the TechSoup Community: TechSoup Blog. Jim shows off a few more green gadgets from CES 2009. Elliot offers some ideas on how to respond to criticism and inaccurate information about your nonprofit.

Africa Mentoring Project

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Via Joitske , Nancy White , and Britt Bravo , I read about The African Mentoring Project , run by Ore Somolu from Nigeria and who I know from the Global s projects. I saw this while I was busy mentoring for the Young Caucasus Women Blogging Project. The project is about: The African Mentoring Project was created as a way of encouraging and supporting Africans who want to start blogging. Initially there will be a pilot project limited to Nigerian women.

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Changing the World: TechSoup's Newest Global Partner

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Ok, now add to the mix a liberal dose of several years of strong economic growth and modernization, a GDP ranked 17 th in the world, a youth population (12 to 24 year olds) representing a third of the total population, and a growing reputation as one of the most promising IT sectors globally, and do you know where that will land you? In addition to Syria and Iraq, these are Bulgaria, Greece, Georgia, Armenia, Iran, and the Azerbaijani exclave: Nakhchivan. (If Are you sitting down?!

Bloggers Needed for Young Caucasus Women Project

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I met Katy Pearce via the Global s and I'm going to participate in her blog mentoring project and you can too! The project, Young Caucasus Women, is a group blog for young women from the Caucasus region (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia). THAT'S IT - simple, yet a project with a lot of impact. The students participating in this project are high school aged foreign exchange students currently in the US.

Post-conflict Reconstruction: Disarmament, Reconciliation, and Blogging?

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Global Voices blogged yesterday about a project funded by the State Department's Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, DOTCOM , and its recent progress. Reaching out to youths in Armenia and Azerbaijan, DOTCOM. Through alternative forms of media such as blogs, the project aims to move away from perpetuating stereotypes ingrained in traditional media, and help a younger generation build cultural understanding in a safe zone.

"Books of Conscience" to Read During Genocide Prevention Month

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According to the Genocide Prevention Month's site , the genocide in Bosnia began April 6, in Rwanda April 7, in Cambodia April 17, in Darfur April 19, in Armenia April 24, and the Holocast began April 21st. It's difficult to read these kinds of books, and to acknowledge the violence humans are capable of inflicting on each other, but as we're seeing with the economic situation, and global warming, it is important to remember that all of our actions our interconnected.

Art, Social Change & Young Women Bloggers

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This week Beth Kanter and I finished our week being mentors for the Young Caucasus Women Project. During the week the young women in the program from Armenia , Azerbaijan and Georgia wrote their own posts answering the question, we commented on their posts and they commented on each other's posts. The project will continue through the spring and into early summer. This is a project of the Getty Museum. (I