Bookshare without Borders: #3/3

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The second blog post looked at our growing Bookshare Spanish-language program. Now another important aspect of our strategy for enhancing Bookshare’s new language capabilities is developing the capacity to handle non-European scripts and languages so that the content may be presented in its original form in our members’ native languages. Digitally processing Arabic-language content is no easy task.

E-Mediat Networking Conference at the Dead Sea, Jordan

Beth Kanter

” The conference marked the end of an 18-month capacity building program that trained more than 220 NGOs in Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia on how to use social media effectively to advance civil society. I delivered one of the keynotes and as you can see from this slide, we had two screens presenting materials in both languages. In addition, there was live translation in both languages.

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SXSW Panel: Join A Global Discussion About Free Agents and Nonprofits in a Networked World

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

We will have a simultaneous tweet-up taking place in Beirut, Lebanon and connect with them on Twitter using the hashtag #netnon. Twitter Advocate Andrea Burton, from Meedan, a nonprofit social technology organization whose mission is to increase the access to knowledge on the Arabic web and to scale the amount of social web interaction between English and Arabic language web communities will be in the room and facilitate live translated tweets between English and Arabic.

Training Afghani NGOs in Cambodia

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Over 8 weeks this last fall, I had the privilege of working with NGOs from Afghanistan, Cambodia, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria, in a series of trainings that took place in Phnom Penh, Beirut and Istanbul. Martus is available in seven languages , including in Dari and Farsi which are commonly spoken in Afghanistan.

E-Mediat Day 3: Digital Activism

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Nada, In-Country Team Leader for Lebanon. She created templates that the trainers could used to create cards in Arabic language. A couple of tips I picked up from observing Mary in action that will be particularly useful for trainings for participants where English isn’t their first language. Both language and what you’re teaching. Have participants summarize what they heard in their native language.

E-Mediat: Social Media and Digital Activism in the Arab World

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Jessica Dherre and Mohamad Najem from SMEX Beirut gave an overview of Social Media use in Lebanon. As Mohamad pointed out, most of the users of social media are using it for social reasons and only a small percentage by “terrorists&# or political activism. To augment efforts to increase the amount of Arabic-language content online by making it easier to use and read Arabic online. There is a huge language barrier because a lot of training materials are in English.

E-Mediat: Reflections from the Conference in Fez, Morocco

Beth Kanter

Both conference marked the end of an 18-month capacity building program that trained more than 220 NGOs in Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia on how to use social media effectively to advance civil society goals. The project kicked off a year ago with a seven-day Train the Trainers intensive in Beirut, Lebanon for the in-country teams who would localize and implement the curriculum for five 3-day workshops that I designed. Group Photo with Certificates.

SXSW Reflection: Using Social Media to Facilitate A Global Back Channel at a Panel Session

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The panelists included: Danielle Brigida of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), Mark Horvath of Invisible People and Jessica Dheere , of Social Media Exchange Beirut in Lebanon. Over the past month, I have been thinking about a couple of different ideas and how to incorporate them into training design to facilitate learning. My questions are: 1.

How to Visualize Information and Help Change the World

Tech Soup Blog

" An example is a campaign sponsored by the Women Empowerment Program at the Hariri Foundation in Lebanon. This campaign focused on language, specifically, the accent (Kasra) that, in Arabic, is placed underneath a word to emphasize that word is feminine or addressed to women. So you want to change the world, and you know that using images and other visual content is an excellent way to convince people to support your cause. But what's the best approach to take?

How to Visualize Information to Change the World for Better

Tech Soup Blog

" An example is a campaign sponsored by the Women Empowerment Program at the Hariri Foundation in Lebanon. This campaign focused on language, specifically, the accent (Kasra) that, in Arabic, is placed underneath a word to emphasize that word is feminine or addressed to women. So you want to change the world, and you know that using images and other visual content is an excellent way to convince people to support your cause. But what's the best approach to take?