Because Kayleigh’s fine motor control is a bit behind for her age, it’s been hard for me to tell from her drawings if she could depict a face. She proved otherwise at dinner tonight, when she made this self portrait of herself, totally without any prompting:
A few days ago during a #pubmedia chat on Twitter, we were talking about the complex relationship between public media – NPR and PBS stations – and community media such as cable access TV. Someone brought up community media centers that also serve as telecentres – places that provide free/low-cost Internet access and training – and I mentioned Lowell Telecommunications Corporation (LTC) in Massachusetts, one of several community media organizations that pioneered this model.
I’d hoped to tweet a link to a book on telecentres I co-wrote and edited for IDRC in Canada a number of years ago called From The Ground Up: The Evolution Of The Telecentre Movement, since it included a chapter on LTC. But I discovered that the online version of the book was no longer being hosted by telecentre.org. Thanks to Archive.org, though, I managed to find a PDF of the book. It’s a big file – seven megs – but the book is very heavy on photography, so the PDF version does it justice more than the Web version ever did.
I’m uploading a copy of it here to ensure that it doesn’t vanish again. I wrote the chapters on Ghana, Hungary and India, and co-edited the rest of it. Hope you enjoy it. -andy
This is a video of my recent talk at IgniteNYC. For those of you who have never been to an Ignite talk, it follows a tight format: you have exactly five minutes to present a topic, using exactly 20 PowerPoint slides that advance automatically every 15 seconds.
My talk is a five-minute version of a speech I often give about how the evolution of the Internet and social media has impacted the evolution of volunteerism in response to disasters. Normally the speech is an hour long, but somehow I managed to hit the highlights within the allotted five minutes.