Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Make a Difference -- Make your voice heard -- Global Poverty

I did not get the e-mail util this morning, but I have been thinking about what to post for Blog Action Day. I mean we have had the ONE.Org campaign banner on Make a Difference since like 2006 or something. Why isn't that poverty thing done yet?

The campaign is based on achievement of the Millenium Development Goals [United Nations] of cutting cases of extreme poverty and global disease in half by 2015.

You can take action now to help reach the goal. Here are a few ways presented by Stand Up Take Action:

Organise a free lunch/food distribution
Donate used-books / stationeries
Mosquito nets distribution
Public speech
Letters of opposition or support
Group lobbying
Overloading of facilities by emails / faxes / letters
Web online / SMS actions

We have had several posts about AIDS here on our site and also want to believe that the goal is achievable. So we are posting this in recognition of Blog Action Day. However,

This could be the beginning of a long journey, if today helps shape discussion on these important issues. What should America's role be?


Roland Hansen said...

Thank you, John, for bringing this to my attention.

Anonymous said...

"Hi guys! This Conference sounds to be great! They have very interesting panels on identity and a featured panel on Barak Obama and you can also make a real African Safari...."

The Institute of Identity Research (IDmap) announces an international conference
on Identity Politics on the Internet to be held in Kenya on the 27th to 29th of
August 2009. The aim of the Conference is to create discourse in the area of
Identity politics on the Internet and other related topics.

The Conference will be graced by several leading scholars who have written and
researched extensively on issues of Identity. We hope that this conference will
result in solutions and better understanding of the problems facing issues of
identity in the contemporary context.



August 27-29, 2009

Organized by Institute of Identity Research (IDmap)

Will be held in Amboseli Wildlife National Park, Kenya

Featured panel: Barack Obama' Election and Kenyan politics of Identity:
Will he identify himself with the World or with his People?

• The Dead line for submission of the Abstracts is 01.05.2009 (200-500 words)
in Word or PDF formats
• The Dead line for submission of full-text papers is 01.07.2009

Preliminary program of the Conference includes the following panels:
• Kenyan 2007 Presidential elections and the Internet
• Traditions and Identity in Kenyan politics: Barak Obama as a Luo
representative of Kenyan identity politics
• Facebook and Identity: do old ethnicity definitions still matter?
• World Identity politics: Case-studies and Comparative Analysis
• Parties and recruitment in the digital world
• Gender, ethnicity and empowerment: what is better to be a white man or a
black woman?
• When religion comes to the Internet: the new ways to build and reinforce
religious identity
• Government on the Internet: new ways to preserve Nation-state and its
identity on the Net
• New English and E-Linguistic: jargon and vocabulary of Internet campaigns

Participants are welcomed to join the following working groups:
• Computers and identity
• Culture and identity
• Mathematical expressions of identity
• Internet and Politics
• Internet Vocabulary

Best Identity MA/PhD Thesis work award:
During the conference the Institute will award the best MA/PhD work submitted
for the evaluation. The work should reveal an original and innovative approach
in the field of Identity with its expression on the Internet. Information
regarding submission procedure can be found on our site or through direct
contact of the Administrators.

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