GeekCorps Mali

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

It was my last afternoon in Mali, as I started psychic re-entry process into my normal existence, that I remembered that in real life, hey, I'm a geek. So I dropped by the offices of GeekCorps Mali, which as it turned out was just around the corner from where I was staying at Rebecca and Fode's house in the Quartier Hippodrome. GeekCorps Mali (GCM) is a USAID-funded project whose mission is to provide appropriate technology, technology transfer, and technical assistance in Mali.

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NpTech Tag Summary: Five Hot Conversations!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

NpTech Tag Skypecast Anyone? Marnie Webb puts out a call for a call next wed, thurs, or friday to discuss in real time the issues that have surfaced around the NpTech Tag. Comment, Blog it, tag it NpTech, and/or start a blog over at the Netsquared site. Screenshot of a poll from Philanthropy 2173 Still time to register your opinion! Five Hot Conversations.


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NpTech Tag: People Behind Tags, NpTech Timeline, Twitter, and More Widgets

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Gavin's NpTech Timeline in SlideShare. " Gavin's idiosyncratic timeline of circuit riders, NTEN, and other things related to the NPTech community. This is one of several powerpoint presentations now archived in SlideShare and also included in a NpTech History wiki (anyone can join and contribute.). Kikono - Digg for NpTech. There was much nptech blogosphere and general blogosphere buzz. It's The People Behind The Tags!

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Why I Believe Technology Can Change the World


My wife and I lived at a dusty intersection of two unpaved streets in Kayes, Mali. nptech ntenThe market in Kayes I'd like to tell you why I believe technology can change the world. To be clear, though, this is a fundraising message. The generosity of spirit of the NTEN community has helped us raise $10,547 to convene more local gatherings in 2012, but we still have a ways to go to reach our goal of $15,000 by December 31st. >

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Case Study: An Accidental Techie #FAIL Story


She joined the Death with Dignity National Center team after ten years of volunteering and working with local nonprofits, with a two-year break serving as a Health Education volunteer with the Peace Corps in the West African nation of Mali. Change Management NPTech NTEN IT StaffMelissa Barber, Electronic Communications Specialist, Death with Dignity National Center My nonprofit accidental techie moment lasted about a year and a half.

(Now's the Time to) Bring the Mobile Web into Your Organization


The street corner I lived on in Mali was typically quiet (by African standards, anyway): aside from the woman who sold fried dough stuffed with shredded meat, most people just passed by. Tags: NPTech NTEN But every now and again, men would start to gather in ones and twos in front of a shop, and within 30 minutes, a truck would stutter and stumble up the rutted street to deliver the latest goods. A merchant had coordinated the gathering via text message.

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What Would Homer Simpson Do? Your Messages and the Emerging Science of Behavioral Economics


Any money you donate will go to Rokia, a seven-year-old girl who lives in Mali, Africa. Tags: E-mail Newsletter NPTech NTEN Communications Alia Mckee, Sea Change Strategies , Katya Andresen, Network for Good & Mark Rovner, Sea Change Strategies. Pop quiz: The following messages have what in common? Frances Osborne's The Bolter is an Oprah Winfrey Book Club selection. Buy it now. 75% of guests who stay in this hotel reuse their towels.

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The Digital Divide Doesn't Exist


Mohammed Diop, of Mali , presumably one of the very people OLPC wants to convince: "It is a very clever marketing tool. Tags: digital divide Newsletter NPTech NTEN Brett Meyer, NTEN. The digital divide doesn't exist. It's the definite article that causes problems, implying there's an easy way to think about the issues surrounding the inequitable access to technology -- and perhaps an easy solution. We can just bridge the gap, right?

The Math Is Starting to Add Up: The Promise of Mobile


At Geekcorps Mali, our approach was: through great engineering feats attempt to somehow lower the costs of access, while hopefully creating sustainable “business models” in the process. Tags: Data Mobile Newsletter NPTech NTEN IT Staff Matt Berg, Millenium Villages. I’ve been working or interested in the space of ICT for Development (ICT4D) for about a decade now.

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Summers Over Once Again

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

Over the long weekend I finally managed to get started on a new project I've been excited to get involved with - a new website for the Sigida Keneyali health project in Mali that I blogged about in January. Our good friends at Orchid Suites were kind enough to donate the software and hosting for this group, which is tackling public health in the poorest part of the Bamako area. I'll let you know when we launch the site.

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