Saturday, November 24, 2007


A little IRC self-promotion. I think this is pretty powerful stuff, sign up or follow along on our blog if you are interested in following along.

The IRC is in conflict zones around the world, helping many thousands of women and girls every day. We know they have much to say and we know how easily their voices are lost, so we're working with writer, photographer and long-time women's advocate Ann Jones to give them an opportunity to speak, loudly and clearly.

With digital cameras, women who have survived conflict, displacement, discrimination, sexual and domestic violence vividly document their own lives. Through these personal photographs, stirring portraits are revealed and women come together to tell stories of strength, reclaim their rights and make their voices heard.

Be a part of this powerful exchange, which begins tomorrow, November 25th, to kick off "16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence." Over the course of the 16 Days, you'll be inspired by the many extraordinary changes these brave women make with the bold clicks of their cameras.

Just sign up for our 16 Days e-mail list, and on each of those days you'll get a special e-mail with one woman's photo, an amazing story and a chance to add your own voice. Afterward, you'll get occasional updates from Ann and the IRC about the latest stories, IRC programs empowering women, and the many ways YOU can help.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Congratulations are in order

Big props and ups to my friend Allan and his cohorts on the launch of Social Markets.

From their web site, here's their mission:

We are building the foundation for a true social capital marketplace. This is only possible through the measurement of both social good and the risk involved in its creation, asking for the cooperation of both those who create social goods and those who invest in them.

Pretty ambitious, and pretty cool.

As a former startup geek who would probably do it again someday I want to wish them the best of luck. For more information, visit their new site.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Africa... Here I Come

I'll be traveling with the IRC to Africa for two weeks starting just after Thanksgiving. I'm traveling with our CTO, David Goodman and depending on access, we'll be blogging and twittering away. I'll post much right on this special blog I set up and on twitter. Because we'll only be able to send SMS messages for a large portion of the trip twitter might be a better way to follow us.

Our agenda right now includes a visit to an urban refugee program in Nairobi, a trip to Kakuma near the Sudan border, a visit to Addis Ababa and a camp in eastern Ethiopia called Asbe Teferi.

I'm packing a flip video camera and a Nikon digi-cam, along with my laptop. Dave has a GPS and we'll be experimenting with coding photos with lat/long info and posting to flickr/google maps etc.

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Building a Community, Part IA: Great presentation

We're in full on research and development mode (read part I) and I ran across this great slideshow that encapsulates a lot of what we're doing.

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