Some Reflections About Civil Society 2.0 and Why I’m Not On A Plane To Tunisia Right Now

Beth Kanter

The post I had originally planned to publish before leaving on a plane for Tunis, Tunisia was going to be all The Women’s Enterprise for Sustainability (WES) , funded through the U.S. Needless to say, I’m sad about what is taking place in the region and disappointed that my trip to Tunisia has been rescheduled. ” Stephanie Rudat, my co-trainer for Tunisia, pointed to a resource that included non-violent tactics for social change.

Great reads from around the web on February 15th

Amy Sample Ward

" roundup activism bookmarks ebook email events list marketing mobile pew politics postalicious research resources revolution socialmedia tunisia us votingI come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day. Here are some of the most interesting things I’ve found recently (as of February 15th). You can join the conversations in the comments, or click through to the original posts to find what others are saying.


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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. In Tunisia, E-Mediat Participating NGO “ Association of Journalist of Kairouan ” won the 2nd prize of the best political video by Web Manager Center , which is one of the most famous Tunisian online Magazine !

Multi-Country Rollout of Salesforce to Support Workforce Development in the Middle East and North Africa

Cloud 4 Good

After the first implementation with EFE-Jordan, Salesforce was gradually rolled out across EFE Affiliates in Tunisia, Morocco, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Yemen, and United Arab Emirates.

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. See the above video, created by team in Tunisia, which summarizes the program.) Group Photo with Certificates.

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society - Untitled Article

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

In November, I'll be speaking at a session of the Net Impact conference, and then off to Tunisia for the World Summit on the Information Society. On the way to Tunisia, I'm hoping to stop in London for a couple of meetings. Sometimes I like to update people on my travels. I've got a lot of trips planned for the next few months, and sometimes these blogs lead to people getting in touch with me about ideas for action!

Happy New Year: What’s Your Theme for the Year?

Beth Kanter

International Training Work: Most of my work is designing and delivering capacity building projects for nonprofits literally all over the world. This past year I had the honor of facilitating an intense training in Tunisia in January for Women Entrepreneurs that included leadership, entrepreneurship, business planning, and communications. I have a couple of New Year’s rituals that help prepare me for a new year.

Weekly Member Round Up: Technology and World Change


He was inspired when the citizens of Egypt and Tunisia used satellite connections to contact Internet service providers in other countries, when their governments shut down access to the World Wide Web. World Change, by Glennharper Here at NTEN we talk about the power of technology to change the world every day - in part, by allowing unheard voices, information, and numerical data to speak in new and meaningful ways.

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

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The Team from Tunisia identified Sawty as an example of a networked nonprofit in Tunisia, while the Lebanon Team pointed to Nasawiya. 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. I’m the lead for Zoetica where my role is to deliver training, advise on the curriculum and coaching methods, model transparency, and serve as meta network weaver.

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If You Do Nothing Else, Use An Editorial Calendar and Measurement for Your Content Strategy

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: By the time you read this post, I will be in the USA from doing a training in Tunisia for NGOs and trainers who will deliver training to women entrepreneurs as part of the WES program and also improve their NGO’s use of social media. Participants at FFL Training Doing Content Strategy Brainstorm.

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.

Celebrate International Women’s Day

Beth Kanter

Chema Gargouri, Country Director, Tunisia, @chemagarcat. March 8, International Women’s Day , marks an occasion to celebrate the accomplishments of women worldwide.

Getting Started Again (After A Break)

Beth Kanter

And, by the time this post is published, I will be on a plane somewhere between Paris and Tunis. This first week of the new year, I will doing a week of training for NGOs and trainers in Tunisia for the Women’s Economic Sustainability Tunisia project with colleague Stephanie Rudat. That’s Hank, a dog that belongs to Ryann Miller from Care2 Network. He’s one of many four-legged and fine feathered fans of ” Measuring the Networked Nonprofit.”

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.”

International Human Rights Day 2011

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

We have witnessed thousands of people taking to the streets to demand fundamental human rights and social justice; ordinary citizens turning into activists by using social media to mobilize protest movements that brought repressive governments to an end; and dramatic changes transpiring – like Tunisia’s first elections, or the encouraging signs of progress in Burma.

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

Tech Soup Blog

For example, The National Statistical Institute (NSI) of Tunisia has posted the Household Income and Consumption Surveys (HICSs) and Labor Force Surveys (LFSs) becoming the first agency in the region to offer access to such comprehensive data. 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.

Great reads from around the web on September 19th

Amy Sample Ward

The Revolutions Were Tweeted: Visualizing Prominent Information Flows during the Tunisia and Egypt Revolutions – This is a very cool visualization from danah boyd pulling together twitter accounts and displaying tweets, reactions, and much more. I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day. Here are some of the most interesting things I’ve found recently (as of September 19th).

Egypt 115 (India)

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I've met with Dipendra in other places like Tunisia and Redmond, Washington, and he's well known on the international blindness technology stage because of his tech leader role at NAB and in the DAISY consortium (the international digital talking book standard that we and most other libraries for people with print disabilities either use or are going to use). (India) My South Asian trip is mainly exploratory, with one notable exception.

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Women Who Tech Around the World

Beth Kanter

” Using a webinar and conference call platform, we were able to bring in participants from San Francisco, Rwanda, Kenya, Algeria, Tunisia, and Egypt. ” We also heard from two amazing women activists and leaders, Ghada Bahig, Engineering Manager, Mentor Graphics; TechWomen Mentee, Egypt and Chema Gargouri, Manager, Centre for Applied Training (CAT); Director, E-Mediat, WES Tunisia. Women Who Tech Around the World. View more presentations from Beth Kanter.

Spotlight on Social Media, Crowdsourced Translation, Egyptian Protests and Diplomacy

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Julian’s take on the coverage: To be honest, so much of the rhetoric around the use of social media in Egypt and Tunisia makes me want to scream — folks act like these American tools just dropped from the sky like humanitarian food rations, set to save the people from their (American-supported, natch) dictators. From Crisis Mapping Egypt: Collection of Maps.

The 5 Best Social Impact Games of 2010


And even though this game was released a few months ago, the relevance of promoting non-violent revolution is more apparent than ever with the events in Tunisia, Egypt or Libya. # By Jeff Ramos, Community and Content Manager, Games for Change When most people outside gaming think of video games, they typically fall into three buckets: "old school" games like Super Mario and Tetris, social and mobile games like Farmville and Angry Birds, or hyper-violent console games like Grand Theft Auto.

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My Themes for 2013

Beth Kanter

I’m writing this post from Tunisia. Networked Capacity Building and Training Trainers: All of the training projects that I’m working this year are in the context of working with peer learning groups or training other trainers like this project in Tunisia. Expect more posts from me about instructional design that is interactive, leveraging learning online, and facilitation techniques.

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

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

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.

E-Mediat Day 4: What does it mean to be a social media trainer?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The national anthem from Tunisia brought tears to my eyes – in part – because feeling in which they sang it – and the team leader, Chema, has a beautiful singing voice. 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. I’m the lead for Zoetica where my role is to deliver training, advise on the curriculum and coaching methods, model transparency, and serve as meta network weaver.

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.

Beaconfire Survey: What we learned at SXSW and NTC

Allegiance Group

Jo, Functional Consultant: It’s hard to pick my favorite session from SXSW, but the highlight was probably hearing Clay Shirky explain why social media is playing a huge role in revolutions in the Middle East: not because it’s helping protesters coordinate in the present, but because it’s been a channel for protest groups to organize and grow stronger for years, long before the recent protests started in Tunisia and Egypt.

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Trainer’s Notebook: The Art of Good Openings and Closings

Beth Kanter

This is an exercise I used in Tunisia. Sunrise on Sacred Maori Land outside of Auckland, NZ.

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

Beth Kanter

E-Mediat is working with more than 220 NGOs in Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, and Yemen. Rami Al-Karmi, N2V Lab. 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.

ASU Lodestar Center Blog: Research Friday: Social Media is all.

ASU Lodestar Center

Social media, particularly, have proven to be powerful and exceedingly important, especially as we watch the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt. ASU Home ASU A-Z Index My ASU Colleges & Schools Directory Map About Blog Academics Organizational Assistance Emerging Leaders Professional Development Philanthropy Research News & Events You are here: Home → Blog Pages Blog Home Write for us!

How To Think Like An Instructional Designer for Your Nonprofit Trainings

Beth Kanter

Don’t be so focused on getting through your lesson plan if you feel that participants need understand the content in a different way. The photos above are from a Train the Trainers workshop I did in Tunisia. Join me for a FREE Webinar: Training Tips that Work for Nonprofits on Jan.29th at 1:00 PM EST/10:00 AM PST. I’ll be sharing my best tips and secrets for designing and delivering training for nonprofit professionals that get results.

Jim does Tunis

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Walking into the medina, the old part of Tunis, I suddenly acquired very friendly people from Tunisia speaking good English (which is unusual, since English is about language number six in usefulness in Tunisia, after Arabic, French, Italian, Spanish and German). While I actually was momentarily tempted by the mint tea and the ceremony to buy a rug, I remember that Virginia was quite clear when I had asked about gifts from Tunisia, that rugs were not a part of the list.