Andrzej Surowiński
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  • Poland
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Where do you work?
Responsible Business Institute; Bialystok, Poland
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What does your organization do (100-word description)
Community Computer and Education Centers

The project aims is to fight IT exclusion in the Podlasie region in Poland and targets the unemployed and those in danger of losing a job, so that, by acquiring basic computer/Internet literacy skills, they improve their qualifications and consequently their employment possibilities. The overall idea is to provide equal opportunities to all members of local Podlasie community in access to knowledge and ICT skills.

Our centers are set up in 7 locations in the Podlaskie region: in Augustów, Białystok, Łapy, Rudka, Sokółka, Zambrów and in Zawady. More than 100PC's with full Microsoft software were delivered. Till now more than 1500 people get free training in basic computer skills.

We also incorporate to our work libraries across the region, where in 2003 Microsoft set up 118 Public Internet Access Points "Ikonk@" (with 3PCs and WiFi in each point, they serve for more than 65000 people each year). Librarians works as ambasadors of our program in local communities, they recruit volunteer trainers, beneficiaries and do the most of administration work around trainings.
Your function and/or responsibilities related to digital skills training and empowerment
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I got involved through a telecentre.europe event
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Andrzej Surowiński's Blog

Investing: The Economics of e-Inclusion -was it really about economics???

Posted on December 1, 2008 at 17:30 0 Comments

'e-Inclusion: a social necessity and an economic opportunity' A nice phrase, but what does this mean in reality. Can e-Inclusion really pay its own way? Can it be the lever for sustainable investments? Let the economists and practitioners demonstrate the value of investing in e-Inclusion. That is what I read in programme of conference before the session. But did it really showed what the speakers meant?

Let’s look into two parts of sessions.…


Bridging the Digital Divide A Barrier Free Approach, David Banes, Director of Development, AbilityNet

Posted on November 30, 2008 at 16:00 3 Comments

First 5 minutes of the presentation I thought: What I am doing here? David Banes was telling audience about problems of disable people with accessing new technologies. My organization does not have resources and knowledge to start helping disable people, I thought. I could not be more wrong.

During the presentation I understood that even so small organization as mine can… Continue

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At 18:27 on November 28, 2008, sîrbu viorica said…
hy! I hope to see u in Vienna!
At 9:29 on May 21, 2008, Pedro Aguilera said…
Hi Andrzej, thank you for the comments,, din´t forget the big photo similing with my boss, is very funny, I mean it 's in somewhere in the ming,,, could be in the photo gallery,,
thanks again

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