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GlobalNet21 and Africa Changemakers - Learning and Doing

“GlobalNet21 and Africa - Learning and Doing” is a group that will be launching soon. In this group we want to connect changemakers in Africa and in our wider network so that we can learn, act and make a difference. How we do this is open for discussion.

The idea of a “learning and doing group” reflects the fact that this won’t be a talking shop. It will be practical. We’ll be learning about people who are doing things and we’ll be learning from people who are doing things. Sometimes, in response to what we learn we may decide to do things. We may do things with (or for) the changemakers and their projects. We may do these things as individuals or as a group.

This first meeting is an exploratory one where we will look at what we can do, what is possible and what contacts we can make.

We hope to hold some some face-to-face  (F2F) meetings, and at those meetings we can learn about specific people and projects, as well as thinking about the wider context. We’ll also start to find out about the areas of interest most relevant to people attending the group meetings.

We’ll also develop an online presence for our “GlobalNet21 and Africa - Learning and Doing” group (the name of the group may change - but for now I need a clear description more than a neat name). How we do this and what tools we use again we hope to discuss at our first meeting.

The online part of the “GlobalNet21 and Africa - Learning and Doing” group will of course be open to people who are not near enough London to attend F2F meetings. Indeed we would like to encompass a global network.

If it looks interesting to you, please join us, either F2F or through responses online. I look forward to our first London meeting and to our increasing shared visibility in the GlobalNet21 online spaces. Welcome to “GlobalNet21 and Africa Changemakers - Learning and Doing.

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  • Pamela M.

    This is what happened. We shared our interests, discussed what had attracted us to the group, and started planning.

    We decided to meet face to face about once a month. We'll also be exploring what online space(s) will best suit the group and enhance its connections with changemakers in Africa.

    We have an outline plan

    November - John Dada visiting from Nigeria, to focus our thoughts firmly on the realities that changemakers face

    December meeting will be for whatever emerges through the November meeting.

    January - focus on Sierra Leone - member Margaret Thorli will be recently back from a visit to her project there.

    February - a skills audit amongst all the people who, by then, are interested in putting energy into the group. This will help us to plan the longer term development of the group. Many thanks to everyone who attended, and a "future welcome" to you if you didn't join us this time but will at some point.

    October 26, 2013

  • Anja B.

    I don't think anyone's confirmed yet where we're actually meeting tomorrow?

    October 22, 2013

  • Prodeepta D.

    I would have really liked to come but I have a prescheduled appointment tomorrow evening. However, I would like to kept in the loop.
    Thank you.

    October 22, 2013

  • Pamela M.

    I've been checking some possible jumping-off points for our first meeting. This slide-share is from GALA 2012, an event about African languages, where some speakers are also interested in communication technologies. Much of the slide-share is relevant for our group because if we are to learn directly from local changemakers then we share this concern with accurate information, effective communication, and the potential role of communication technologies. Slide 35 is particularly relevant.

    October 20, 2013

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