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Penguin Day Austin

4 November, 2005

Austin, Texas

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  • Have you ever thought about how your use of open source technology might align with your organization’s mission and values?
  • Are you curious about what open source software can do for your organization?
  • Have you ever wondered about what free and open source solutions exist that can help you in your work?

To find out more, come to Penguin Day Austin on November 4.  Register NOW!

Penguin Day San Antonio

5 November, 2005

San Antonio, Texas

Demistify Open Source for Nonprofits!

They do things big in Texas, with two Penguin Days there! 

If you are in San Antonio, Texas and want to learn about open source software for your organization, come to Penguin Day San Antonio on November 5. The event will be held at Urban 15, 2500 S. Presa in San Antonio from 8:30 am-5 pm.

Register Now!

At Penguin Day, you learn about open source software, what it is, and how you can use it in your nonprofit organization.

Cell Phones for Campaigns -- Stories from MobileActive

katrin | 4 Oct 2005 - 20:16
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MobileActive is over but the work has just begun…Stories about the convergence and the use of cell phones and texting in avocacy and civic campaigns are coming in fast after the first-ever MobileActive.  The event brought together a group of activists from around the globe to explore the use of cell phones for social justice and citizen participation campaigns.

Patrick Burnett, a participant from Fahamu, puts it well: "In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) SMS is being used to monitor child rights violations.

Greenpeace Argentina campaign against forest destruction In Argentina indigenous communities are using SMS to halt the bulldozers that destroy their forest livelihoods.  And in the Philippines, angry activists have used SMS to hold government to account. The power of cellular technology is no longer up for debate; what remains to be discussed is how to maximize it for social good. Mobile Active Convergence, held recently in Canada, did just this… What came out of the three-day event…went far beyond this expectation, as a diverse group of people from around the world banged their heads together, mixed their ideas and thrashed out a vision for just how far cellular technology can go in creating a better world. The end result was new ideas, the formation of a lasting network and the production of a body of knowledge available to many beyond the confines of the conference."

Ungana-Afrika is the 2005 Dirk Award Winner!

katrin | 16 Sep 2005 - 16:25
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We here at Aspiration and all of the previous recipients of the Dirk Award are happy to announce the 2005 winner of the award:  Ungana-Afrika.  Here is the official announcement. Congratulations!

Dirk AwardThe Dirk Award Committee is honored to announce Ungana-Afrika as this year’s winner of the Dirk Award.

The Dirk Award is given annually to those circuit or eRiders who have shown extraordinary contributions to the nonprofit and international NGO technology communities while paying tribute to the principles of social justice and the role technology can play in empowering other
communities and individuals.

Ungana-Afrika provides innovative technology support to NGOs in Southern Africa. Ungana-Afrika believes that information and communication technologies (ICTs) offer new opportunities for African community-based and development organizations to do what they do better.

With its emphasis on technology, social justice, and community empowerment, the small staff of Ungana-Afrika has taken the principles of eRiding to innovative new levels with its trainings and capacity-building workshops and innovative projects such as those focusing on community radio and free and open source software within an African context.

Ungana-Afrika further works tirelessly to assure that the eRiding model takes hold in the Southern Africa region by working with other organizations in the region on developing their own eRiding projects. It makes its learnings and materials widely available under Creative Commons license and its staff are active community participants in the
international eRider Network. The organisation is supported by the Soros Foundations Network and the Government of Finland.

eRiders are one of the largest global resources of ICT capacity building for development organizations and work in a world-wide movement with growing representation in more than 20 countries.

The Committee of previous Dirk Award recipients and the global eRider and nonprofit technology support community congratulate Ungana-Afrika and its staff Toni Eliasz, Ryan Jacobs, Angel Kgokolo, Tshepo Thlaku, and Rudi von Staden for visionary and exemplary work!

For more information about Ungana-Afrika, please visit
www.ungana-afrika.org. More information about the Dirk Award for eRiders is at www.dirkaward.org.