The Librarian of Marrakesh

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Jamila Hassoune Ten years ago, I started corresponding with a fascinating woman from Morocco, Jamila Hassoune. She was the first woman bookseller in Morocco. Her love for books led her to create the Book Caravans: treks each April out to a village in the desert or the mountains of Morocco. We had a great conversation, and I learned much more about her dreams for doing more for the people of Morocco.

Virtual Morocco in Second Life

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

That's my avatar with a fez I pocked up in Virtual Morocco in Second Life, a student project! Now via New Media Consortium: Teachers Buzz Session (a weekly gathering of educators in Second Life to visit and discuss SL education projects) comes the opportunity to answer thoese questions via a virtual field trip to Morocco. I've been curious what a virtual Angkor Wat or other cultural wonders of the world look like in Second Life?

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

Beth Kanter

After facilitating the two-day E-mediat Networking Conference, “New Media for the Networked NGO” in Jordan at the Dead Sea last week, I flew 2,000 miles west to Fez, Morocco to facilitate and keynote a second two-day conference for NGOs from Tunisia and Morocco that had successfully completed the e-mediat program in their countries, Morocco and Tunsia. Chema Gargouri, In Country Director, Tunisia being interviewed by the local radio station in Fez, Morocco.

We Have a Treaty…and It’s Great!

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Diplomatic leaders leaders gathered in Marrakesh, Morocco. Last month, leaders from around the world gathered in Marrakesh, Morocco, with the hope of taking a huge step forward and designing that international model. Benetech Treaty for the Blind Morocco a11y Marrakech AFB ACB Bookshare exceptions book famine copyright dyslexia Marrakesh NFB Chafee WIPO

The Road to Accessibility without Borders: Celebrating the One-Year Anniversary of the Marrakesh Treaty

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One year ago, on June 28, 2013, at a diplomatic conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, the World Intellectual Property Organization ( WIPO ) agreed on a historic international copyright exception for people with print disabilities.

A Day Trip the Hague, Netherlands: International City of Peace and Justice

Nonprofit Tech for Good

I have a soft spot for donkeys after seeing so many of them on a recent trip to Morocco. Made me think of American Foundouk (americanfondouk.org) in #Fes, Morocco which offers free vet care to donkeys – a very important mission in a city where donkeys outnumber cars and poor farmers most often cannot afford vet services. An Instagram Photo and Video Essay. by Heather Mansfield. For many years I’ve wanted to visit the Hague, Netherlands.

E-Mediat: Social Media Capacity Building for NGOs in the Arab World

Beth Kanter

The project is training 300 NGOs in Jordan , Lebanon , Tunisia , Morocco , and other Arab countries to become networked ngos and use social media for civil society goals. A true public/private partnership, the funding partners include Microsoft and craiglist Charitable Fund. I’ll be Jordan and Morocco in March, 2011). In Morocco, the team has been sharing case studies about how NGOs have put the lessons in the workshop into practice.

The Blogger Returns

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

Well, for one thing, planning a trip over the holidays to Morocco and Mali. We'll be travelling in Morocco with some good friends. I've been absent from these pages a long time. There's so much going on my blogging has just gone by the wayside. Let's get back on track. What have I been up to? I've never been to the African continent before, so you can imagine how excited I am.

Bringing Millions of Books to Billions of People: Making the Book Truly Accessible

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Just three years ago, negotiators from around the world converged on Marrakesh, Morocco, to hash out a final deal. I believe in the power of books to change the world. That is not a particularly radical belief among librarians, but I hope to make you believe even more in the power of books. Literacy and access to knowledge underpins just about every social good, from education, to economic development, to health, to women’s empowerment, democracy and respect for human rights.

E-Mediat: Day 2 – The Networked NGO in the Arab World

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The Morocco Team discussed how Youth Without Borders is a networked network and the Yemen Team pointed out how the Youth Leadership Development Foundation is one as well. The Morocco Team blogged about two of the tools that were demoed, social mention and rowfeeder. Beirut Diary: I’m in Beirut for the week as part of The E-Mediat project , a capacity building project that leverages a networked approach.

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What can you learn by visualizing your Twitter network?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The first day of training is this Sunday and we’ll be covering networked approaches for NGOs and social media trainers. The participants include in-country teams from six different countries: Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. When we apply a network mindset to the way we work – whether as an individual or as part of a network strategy, we believe that value is created through our connections, interactions and building relationships.

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’m here at the Dead Sea in Jordan where I delivered the key note for the E-mediat Networking Conference, “New Media for the Networked NGO.”

Celebrate International Women’s Day

Beth Kanter

Widad El Hanafi,Country Director, Morocco, @woodalisa. March 8, International Women’s Day , marks an occasion to celebrate the accomplishments of women worldwide.

Meeting the Geeks of Arabia at N2Vlabs Talks in Amman, Jordan

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: I’m in Jordan and Morocco this week for the culmination of the E-Mediat program, a dynamic technology training and capacity building program developed to help grassroots organizations around the world use digital technology to tell their stories, build membership and support, and connect to their community of peers around the world. E-Mediat is working with more than 220 NGOs in Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, and Yemen. Rami Al-Karmi, N2V Lab.

A View from Istanbul

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Having caught the travel bug years ago as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco, Peg went on to train teachers for the Peace Corps in Morocco, Mauritania, Lesotho and Gabon. Peg Giffels, Director of Community Engagement, NPower Seattle. What does our work look like from across the world and what can we learn from that perspective?

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Data Digest: Open Data for Africa Platform, Silent Data Revolution in MENA and Data Strategies

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A July 2012 approved decree by the Central Statistical Organization of Yemen now allows full access to its data to the public and Morocco has started to provide various organizations access to data based on bilateral agreements. Data Digest is a weekly round-up of the latest news on data-related projects in the nonprofit sector, compiled and authored by Keisha Taylor of GuideStar International and TechSoup Global. It originally appeared on NetSquared.

E-Mediat: Networked Capacity Building in the Middle East

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The goal is to train over 150-250 NGOs in Jordan, Lebanon, Yemen, Morocco, and other countries and help them put social media skills into practice. The E-Mediat Implementation Partners at SF Planning Meeting. Last week, I participated in three very intense days of project, curriculum, and online community planning for a new project, E-Mediat , a multi-stakeholder capacity building project for NGOS and Social Media in the Middle East.

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A Guide To Facebook Activism

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The 15-page PDF includes the pros and cons of using Facebook for activism, a step-by-step guide to organizing an activism campaign on Facebook, and examples of campaigns from Burma, Morocco, and Egypt. (Hat tip: Jessica Dheere, Project Director, Social Media Exchange, Beirut) for pointing to this excellent resource - A DigiActive Introduction to Facebook Activism.

E-Mediat Day 1: A Networked Mindset To Capacity Building

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In the morning, we did a team building exercise to better understand the network core, the in-country teams from Yemen, Morocco, Lebanon, Tunisia, and Jordan. Photo by @sdarine. Beirut Diary: I’m in Beirut for the week as part of The E-Mediat project , a capacity building project that leverages a networked approach.

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In Search of Hope: The Global Diaries of Mariane Pearl

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"[N]ow I have an answer for my son, who lost his father to blind hatred. Yes, there is hope in the world, and it isn't naive or even idealistic. It is real."--Mariane Mariane Pearl, In Search of Hope. In 2006, journalist Mariane Pearl traveled the globe for Glamour magazine to profile women who are changing the world. She traveled over 100,000 miles and interviewed 12 women activists who are working on solutions to everything from sex trafficking, to global warming, to AIDS.

The Power of Our Collective Professional Networks and Transdisciplinarity Learning

Beth Kanter

” I first used this exercise in 2011 in Lebanon to kick off E-Mediat project that brought trainers and capacity builders from 5 countries in the Middle East to be trained on curriculum based on my book, the Networked Nonprofit , and interactive training techniques. In this case, I used the exercise to help the teams from Yemen, Morocco, Lebanon, Tunisia, and Jordan see a visualization of their collective expertise.

Creating Learning Experiences That Connect, Inspire, and Engage

Beth Kanter

I’ve been tasked with designing and facilitating a session for trainers during our two-day e-Mediat networked nonprofit and social media bootcamps in Jordan and Morocco. The training for the NGOs that have completed the 5 workshops from the different countries over the past year. Photo by Beth Kanter, Net Funders Conference, October, 2011. A few days ago I opened the door on a new learning journey.

The Global Fund for Women: An Interview with Kavita Ramdas

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The year before that, women in Morocco won an amazing change in the law. "I think there are many different ways in which you define leadership. As a feminist, and as a feminine feminist, I truly believe that we don't do a very good job in the United States of believing that you can lead by serving, and I think the United States needs to think deeply about being in service of the rest of the world." Kavita Ramdas, President and CEO, Global Fund for Women.

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