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Africa & Change Group: GN21 & Dadamac - overlapping interests

  • Jun 10, 2014 · 6:30 PM
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Exploring overlapping interests between the GlobalNet21 community and the Dadamac UK-Africa online community 

This is a small round-table style meeting (at central London location) where everyone's voice can be heard. The Dadamac community will be represented by me (Pamela McLean) as I represent the Dadamac community in London.

The Dadamac community started with connections between the UK and Nigeria, but now connects with people in other countries and on other continents. It is a group of people, (many of whom have worked together on practical projects) who are able to stay in contact thanks to the Internet and mobile phones. It is a source of rich information about the realities of life in Africa, especially sub-Saharan Africa. We are interested in local knowledge and global perspectives, and the exchange of relevant information  between people in different countries.

In Globalnet21 people are concerned for the sustainability of both our planet and the people on it. It is a network of individuals (and also a collaborative network of organisations) exchanging good practice, transferring knowledge, and learning from each other. 

The description above also describes the Dadamac community, so there are many possible overlaps for us to explore. How can we learn from each other and collaborate?  We'll explore this on a group level and an individual level.

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    Thank you pamela let me send you my Email is [masked] or you call me this number [masked] i will be happy to join

    July 18, 2014


    My thank go to my great friends who well come me to join the group kindly i am happy to work with you i am from Kenya let me give you my phone number so you can call me [masked] thanks.

    1 · June 12, 2014

    • Pamela M.

      Hello Simion. Welcome to the group. I am the organiser. (I am also involved with other UK-Africa connections and collaborations which might be of interest to you.) Given that you are in Nairobi and the face-to-face meetings of this group are in London I am wondering the best way to include you. We can exchange more messages here to try and find out. We are hoping to do a webinar soon, but I don't know if you have enough bandwidth for audio or video. I know my Nigerian friends don't have enough bandwidth. Perhaps you need to have something which is low bandwidth, like a typed chat. I look forward to reading your reply.

      July 8, 2014

  • Pamela M.

    Following the webinar on webinars this evening I've volunteered to facilitate a webinar for this group. Next we'll need to select a topic and find our first presenter(s). Two topics from yesterday strike me as possible - Forest Gardens, and ICT use in schools. Anyone interested in getting involved in presenting please let me know - preferably publicly here or via the Dadamac contact page - (personal messages via meetup sometimes get lost amongst other meetup announcements)

    June 11, 2014

  • Pamela M.

    My thanks to the five interesting people who joined me yesterday to explore overlapping interests with Dadamac. Our links with Africa were with Botswana Nigeria (x2) Namibia, South Africa, Kenya, and Lesotho. Thanks to Paul for questions to aid direction. There was valuable experience of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) in education both from the perspectives of learners and also from three of us as trainers, which led us to consider various implications of the Internet and our changing world. I had intended looking at the role of ICT in our connections with Africa, and using that as a focus to pull things together, and see how we might collaborate, but I forgot all about that intention when the topic moved to Forest Gardens and growing things in London, Nigeria (Lagos, Ago-Are and Attachab) and Malawi. Robyn, ref your request to know outcomes, I'll try to focus more effectively on those another time.

    June 11, 2014

  • Pamela M.

    The question of webinars often comes up in this group. One of the things for discussion this evening is about online collaborations and effective communication between GlobalNet21 members and Dadamac's community in Africa. I recommend the GN21 webinar tomorrow on Helping To Run Webinars -

    June 10, 2014

  • terence f.

    Sorry to miss this but I am supporting my local community library's fund raising event.

    1 · June 5, 2014

    • Pamela M.

      Thanks for letting us know. I agree with your priorities. We'll be back again next month.

      June 10, 2014

  • Robin H.

    Hi Pam, I would love to hear the outcome of this meeting. Earlier we talked about sharing some notes from the meetings - can you guys post pictures of the notes, if there will be any? I have a deadline at work or I would most certainly be there. (Also happened to be out of the country for May's meeting too). Let me know and hope it's a great meeting!

    1 · June 9, 2014

    • Pamela M.

      Thanks for your interest Robin. I'll try to share something - but I can't promise - perhaps I'll be lucky and someone at the meeting will be willing to act as an "information agent" and share what goes on. I did write a relevant blog about how this group fits in a wider picture - Dadamac April Update­ - it won't surprise me if some of that comes up at the meeting.

      June 10, 2014

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