I got back last night from a trip to Asilomar, Monterray Bay, to the north of San Fransisco. As part of the Stanford Digital Vision Fellowship, we advanced deas about our users by teaching another fellow and getting them to role play the user that we had in mind. I was Chichi from Nigeria - I was excited about a new project at the local telecentre where I would be paid a small fee to dispatch email letters to families in the village who had friends and family overseas. That's Njideka's project - it's exciting - and I'm hoping that the Oweri Digital Village will partner with my blog project and get African youth to start talking to each other.
I'm going to be conducting a number of training sessions with youth in South Africa while I'm in there in December. In the first week, I'll be teaching about 10 high school youths about blogging - we'll be developing blogs about their lives, culture and heritage during a 5-day workshop. I'm hoping to link up with other bloggers around the world to get the kids going. It should be lots of fun. Email me if you're interested in being part of the project. I need a documentary filmmaker to document the workshop - and others to respond to the kids' posts.
Check this out: http://www.themeatrix.com. It's a brilliant Flash movie that educates people about the ills of factory farming. The company that made it (http://www.freerangegraphics.com) has a grant to make Flash movies for non-profits - I think that it is a brilliant method for online activism - it stimulates empathy in a really direct way, and gets people to act immediately. Like everything, we need this in Africa, or at least, for Africa. I'd like to see one for the Free African Debt campaign. Any takers?