Month: August 2009

Blogging as a change agent to empower citizens

Blogging as a change agent to empower citizens

As I am getting ready to attend the World Wide Web Conference in Port Elizabeth this week I was reminded of a paper we presented at the same conference in Cape Town last year titled “Blogging as a change agent to empower citizens in communities with tension“. Below is a short abstract from the paper: …

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Mobile Counselling services via The Grid

Mobile Counselling services via The Grid

Today we’ve extended our mobile counselling service to the 800,000+ users on “The Grid” mobile social network platform (Thanks Nic Haralambous for stats update). This means that users on The Grid will be able to access our Drug Advice Support, Debt Counselling and HIV/AIDS counselling services. Users on the Grid have to import contacts and …

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National AIDS Helpline Mobile Chat service growing

National AIDS Helpline Mobile Chat service growing

The collaboration with Cell-Life and National AIDS Helpline (managed by Lifeline) ,using our Advice Support Network (ASN) software, offering mobile counselling in the area of HIV/AIDS is clearly showing signs of growth during the “Pre-pilot”. Thursday the counsellors had conversations with 16 people and supported 635 messages during their 2 hour session. We are looking …

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Social Media Workshop Feedback

Social Media Workshop Feedback

As we prepare for the next Social Media for Non-profits workshop in Port Elizabeth below are some of the particpants giving feeback about their experiences at the workshop in Cape Town:

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Social Media for Non-profits workshop

Social Media for Non-profits workshop

Yesterday as we hosted a number of non-profit organisation representatives it was exciting to see how these non-profits would use Social media as part of the organisation strategies. It was also an opportunity to have members of the Reconstructed Team (Craig Ross (in image above), Brent Williams and Clinton Liederman) to facilitate the workshop. The …

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BBC Interview – Drug Advice Support

BBC Interview – Drug Advice Support

Tuesday afternoon (25 August 2009) we had the privilege to share our experiences on how we using mobile phones to support people impacted by the problem of drugs. I had an interview on the BBC World Service and you can listen to it online. The interview about Drug Advice Support (DAS) starts at 42:32 (See …

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Interview with the BBC

Interview with the BBC

Tomorrow Drug Advice Support will be featured on the BBC World Service – News Hour Radio programme at 12h06 GMT / 14h06 (South African time). This is a wonderful opportunity to share our experiences of how mobiles phones can be used as tools to support the needs of people in need. You can listen live …

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Workshop: Social Media for Social Change – Port Elizabeth

Workshop: Social Media for Social Change – Port Elizabeth

“Introduction to Social Media for Non-profits, NGOs, Community-Based Organisations and Charities” The “new web” has transformed the way people connect and social media platforms have become an essential part of the organizational and business strategies. These technologies can be useful for non profits as strategic tools for engagement, relationship building with stakeholders and communities, networking …

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