Tag: Community Empowerment

Why Social Services should go Mobile

Why Social Services should go Mobile

It has been one month since we’ve re-launched our Angel support service a partnership between Reconstructed Living Lab (RLabs) and MXit. Since then the service had over a 100,000 subscribers with just over 47,000 regular subscribers. Organisations who are working with youth should consider the use of Mobile phones as part of their programmes and …

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One Percent Club: You Make it Work

One Percent Club: You Make it Work

Many opportunities exist to get involved with emerging social projects and one that RLabs have found to be extremely effective is the Innovative One Percent Club. 1% Club is the marketplace that connects smart development projects with people, money and knowledge around the world (Something similar to the Kiva initiative – See video above). With …

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Social Media at UCT Graduate School of Business

Social Media at UCT Graduate School of Business

Today I had the opportunity to share at the UCT Graduate School of Business MBA programme on the use of Social Media to empower communities. Some of the Social Media information I used can be viewed in short presentation below: Social Media and more Social Media View more presentations from Marlon Parker.

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Mobile Journalism at RLabs

Mobile Journalism at RLabs

The collaboration between RLabs and Cape Community Newspapers to bring Mobile Journalism to the community have been going well with the last few weeks having a focus on technologies such as Twitter, Facebook and blogging to share stories via their mobile phones. The learners from 3 high schools in Cape Town have been taught some …

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Challenges Facing Mobile-Only Internet Users in the Developing World

Challenges Facing Mobile-Only Internet Users in the Developing World

I came accross a very interesting article by Shikoh Gitau,Gary Marsden, and Jonathan Donner on the Challenges facing mobile-only Internet Users in the Developing World. Abstract from the article: “This study reports results of an ethnographic action research study, exploring mobile-centric internet use. Over the course of 13 weeks, eight women, each a member of …

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Vodacom and RLabs Community Information Challenge 2010

Vodacom and RLabs Community Information Challenge 2010

Vodacom and RLabs have teamed up to bring you the “Community Information Challenge 2010”. Many people in local communities have mobile phones and use them for voice and text. However, the use of mobile Internet is growing fast and can be used to enhance local communities. The mobile Internet can be used to share many …

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Using Social Media to teach Life skills

Using Social Media to teach Life skills

Every second week we will be hosting a group of school girls for the introduction to social media and the various tools on the World Wide Web. The social media classes forms part of their life skills for the year. These sessions are facilitated by 2009 mom2.0 graduate Rae Goedeman. Rae is a widow from …

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Introducing the Social Media Factory

Introducing the Social Media Factory

Over the past three years RLabs have trained and empowered hundreds of community members on the use of Social Media for Social Change. The programmes include: The Reconstructed, Mom 2.0, Senior Mobile Sessions, Social Media for Teens, Social Media for Non-profits and Social Media Surgeries (Brent helping a community member at one of our surgeries). …

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