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Author Topic: Blogging Positively Starts February 14th: Please Join Us!  (Read 955 times)

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Blogging Positively Starts February 14th: Please Join Us!
« on: February 13, 2009, 10:09:34 PM »
Dear Friends,
This letter is meant to give you information on an exciting new global project called "Blogging Positively." Please read the letter below and follow the links, if interested. The editors have kindly given me permission to post this here.
We are in the process of developing a "Blogging Positively Guide"--for bloggers who address HIV/AIDS issues, and/or who are themselves HIV+--and we have started an interactive map, giving information about the blogs and bloggers we can find (whatever we can find publicly, or which is given to us directly).
There are also chats scheduled and a forum, and we hope that you will attend, share, and interact. We are aware that there may be language issues that will make inclusion and participation more difficult, so we are talking now about how to make this project as multi-lingual as possible.

We hope the development of the Guide will involve in a central way people who are living with and/or directly affected by HIV/AIDS. We do not want to create a guide that will not be helpful and useful to people who blog abt HIV/AIDS-related issues, especially people who are HIV-positive themselves.
I have now run across at least 200 or more HIV+ bloggers--and/or bloggers about HIV/AIDS issues--from around the world. We hope the Guide will encourage and empower even more people to communicate, to share and connect, and to become visible, which is a big challenge everywhere, but especially so in countries where speaking out can be dangerous in the extreme.
Thank you very much for taking the time to read this letter, and we hope you will join us in the creation and development of this project. I'm a firm believer in "nothing about us without us", and I hope will be too.

A bit about me:  I am the founder/director of two HIV/AIDS and development related nonprofits, one the international branch of a Kenyan organization named KAIPPG (www.kaippg.org), and the other an international arts coalition called ActALIVE (www.actalive.org), whose members in 30-plus countries use arts and media to address HIV/AIDS and the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals).

I am also a co-founder and adult ally of the Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (www.youthaidscoalition.org), with more than 5000 youth activists in most countries of the world. And the recently-appointed coordinator of the Blogging Positively project, organized by Rising Voices and Global Voices Online. 

I have been an HIV/AIDS activist since the late 1980's, when friends started dying, and myself have lived for 20 years with a weakened immune-system which has changed my life dramatically. Now my activism is both personal and professional, local and international.
I will close for now with all best wishes and immense appreciation, and Happy Valentine's Day (for all you do, this one's for you!), Janet (Feldman, kaippg@earthlink.net)

Dear Friends,
This Valentine's Day (February 14), Global Voices--a leading participatory media news room for voices from the developing world--will be launching a campaign called "Teach Someone You Love to Blog or Micro-Blog." Please participate in this exciting project by following the simple steps on this post:

Global Voices and its outreach arm, Rising Voices, are at the forefront of citizen-journalism activities related to issues such as health, development, and ICTs. This "teach-in" marks the start of a series of health-related activities specifically focusing on HIV/AIDS.
A "Blogging Positively Guide," now in the works, will provide valuable advice on how to blog to address HIV/AIDS issues. We are looking for help to create the Guide and/or to give feedback, so those interested in or already blogging about the pandemic are encouraged to participate. People living with or affected by HIV/AIDS are especially encouraged to become involved.
A global interactive map--with entries about HIV/AIDS-related blogs and bloggers who write on that theme--is being created, and we hope you will send information to add to our growing list!

A "Blogging Positively" chat, intended as an ongoing discussion about blogging to address HIV/AIDS, is scheduled for February 27, 2009 at the following times: 9 a.m. New York, 2 p.m. London, 5 p.m. Nairobi.  This chat will build on the insights shared during the highly successful World AIDS Day chat, held on December 3, 2008.
The chat will be held at www.worknets.org/chat.  There may be several chatrooms available for different languages. Login using your name and elect the room you want to join by clicking "enter." Once in the room, select a font color on the left side of the screen, then join the chat.

For more information, visit the Rising Voices website and join the Blogging Positively forum.
To contact someone involved in the Blogging Positively project, email Janet Feldman (Blogging Positively Guide Coordinator), Juhie Bhatia (Global Voices Public Health Editor), Solana Larsen (Global Voices Managing Editor). To contact the chat moderators, write to Serina Kalande (serina.kalande@gmail.com) and/or Daudi Were (daudi.were@gmail.com).


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