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Is the Personal Computer sustainable in the long term?

This post is an opinion piece intended for publication outside of ning, but I wanted your views first




With the benefit of hindsight with the automotive industry, many argue that we should have found ways of limiting the number of cars manufactured, or that more resource should have been spent on communal transport. There is a slowly increasing awareness of our carbon footprint, and it is currently… Continue

Added by Ian Clifford on May 26, 2008 at 21:30 — 1 Comment

Some real work has been done!

Dear all,

Two weeks have passed since my last update, so there is a lot to tell here.

New members

The "email harassment campaign" we organized for getting all Riga participants on board of was a huge success. Operation "Show up!" - as we called our computer game - succeeded in convincing 9 Riga participants to sign up on our community site:… Continue

Added by Lize De Clercq on May 26, 2008 at 15:00 — No Comments

Operational definition of a telecentre

Based on the underneath conversation, the resulting definition would be:

"A telecentre is a place where people can get help to access computers, the internet and other digital technologies that enable them to gather information, create, learn, and communicate with others. In doing so they develop essential 21st-century digital skills to enable them to find better employment opportunities, to participate meaningful into society or to improve and transform their… Continue

Added by Unite-IT Manager on May 20, 2008 at 16:00 — 8 Comments

telecentre-europe: networking telecentres in Europe

I was invited by Ravi Gupta to write an article for They asked me to focus on an overview of telecentre-europe and the recently concluded Telecentres Leaders Forum in Riga, in about 2500 words.

So I grabbed different documents, reports and blogposts written on the telecentre-europe process and on Riga, and "puzzled to fit" the underneath text.… Continue

Added by Lize De Clercq on May 20, 2008 at 15:00 — No Comments

How to follow up a group discussion?

Dear members,

Now that group discussions have started in 4 of our groups, I think it is my duty to explain you all a little bit more about how this tool works for engaging a group conversation.

There are only three things you should know (really, only three!):

Receive email notification from a specific group discussion

Once somebody started a discussion, you should tell the system if you want to be notified on your email that somebody replied to it.… Continue

Added by Unite-IT Manager on May 15, 2008 at 10:30 — No Comments

Operation "Show Up!"

Operation "Show up": GAME OVER



for surrendering Cezary Skiepko, Katarzyna Rogutska, Krassimir Simonski,… Continue

Added by Unite-IT Manager on May 13, 2008 at 1:30 — 16 Comments

On top of the momentum

Dear community members,

We are 4 weeks away from Riga and the global telecentre community is impressed about the way we europeans succeed in "keeping up the momentum" through our virtual existence at

So here comes like a kind of "resume" of why everybody is so excited about us :)

Community's member increase

We are going at a rythm of 9 new members a week now. 4 more Riga participants joined:… Continue

Added by Lize De Clercq on May 9, 2008 at 15:00 — No Comments

Riga: Open Space discussion reports

At the first Telecentre-europe Leaders Forum (Riga, April 8-9 2008) the meeting facilitator Allison Hewlitt invited participants to co-create the agenda for the rest of the meeting. People put their ideas on brightly coloured cards, provided the group with a short explanation, and placed them on the wall in a grid with time slots. Each of these would become a session, led by the initiator of the… Continue

Added by Unite-IT Manager on May 3, 2008 at 16:30 — No Comments

Our community's activity is breaking a record!

Hi again everybody,

As your weekly reporter, I am sending you this week’s update of our community’s activity.

Member count

Since my last update, 8 new members joined our online community on, which makes a total of 56 signed in members. Those that didn’t join yet and want to stay in touch with the community should sign up soon!

From the 56 members that joined our online space, 15 members were not at the Riga conference, these… Continue

Added by Lize De Clercq on May 3, 2008 at 1:30 — No Comments

Update on the community's activity

Hello everybody,

As your communication facilitator, I will send you a weekly update of what's going on in our community!

Social network site

Our online community is definitely becoming a big success. Since my last update, 14 more members joined which makes a total of 48 people signed in now on "ning". Those that haven't joined yet: please do and be at the heart of what's going on!

The rythm was too fast to kindly welcome and present each member.… Continue

Added by Lize De Clercq on April 27, 2008 at 23:30 — No Comments

Capacity Building in Resource Mobilization for Network Partners

“Fund raising is a long shot, so make plans of like for 3 years, so that you can be realistic”

This was the message given by Major General Surath Sandhu to the participants at the Resource Mobilization Planning session workshop. This statement sums up the importance of planning for resource mobilization. Normally organizations expect the resources to be raised in short period of time, but they are not aware about the serious thought process that should go behind this.

As… Continue

Added by isura silva on April 22, 2008 at 7:01 — No Comments

Minimal profile info needed!

Hello all,

First of all: thanks to all of you for signing up so quickly, I think the start-up phase of introducing ning as a communication tool in the community can already be called a success!

But let's move on to make this tool as useful as possible...! First step I think is to enable other members to identify and contact ourselves easily by checking our profiles.

So please check if you filled in following informationfields:

- your first name AND… Continue

Added by Unite-IT Manager on April 21, 2008 at 23:00 — No Comments

Telecentre Network Resource Mobilisation Training: How I got more…

I joined the training workshop in Bangkok to learn, share, co-facilitate and connect with telecentre practitioners in Asia. Seven days after, I feel all was achieved and more… I always like more!

From regular contacts with telecentre networks around the world and personal experience, I know that networks have not, most often taken full advantage of the resources available. Did I say full..? It could even be a generous estimate. Fast forward; this is all due to inadequate… Continue

Added by Meddie Mayanja on April 19, 2008 at 7:54 — No Comments

First rule: English for public communication

Hi there everybody!

I am happy to announce the result of a fruitful discussion we had inside the Language Champions group. As we all care for transparancy, we decided that in this online workspace, English should be used as the only language for public commenting (through the comment wall), blogging, discussing, etc...

As we understand language is a sensitive issue, we decided local languages could be… Continue

Added by Unite-IT Manager on April 17, 2008 at 18:00 — No Comments

Our online community is growing fast!

Hello all,

Let me introduce myself to all of you. I am Lize De Clercq, assigned by and Esplai Foundation to be your online communication facilitator. (Those that were at the Telecentre Leaders Forum in Riga will certainly remember me as lize-the-cameragirl.) This blogpost is a little report on the community’s activity of last week:

Back home from the Telecentre Leaders Forum in Riga, a lot of participants inmediately signed in as a member of… Continue

Added by Lize De Clercq on April 17, 2008 at 12:00 — No Comments

Lessons from Riga | Networks are about personal relations and trust

There are so many interesting things that happened during these two days of the Telecenters Forum... many lessons and ways for the network to move forward. The most relevant learning I am taking with me back to Seattle is that networks are about people who care for each other personally, first and foremost.

It is difficult to convey in few words how relevant this lesson is. Networks, as a form of organization, do not provide much value if personal relations, trust, and care for each other… Continue

Added by Maria Garrido on April 15, 2008 at 20:09 — No Comments

Telecenter Leaders Forum in Riga | Building a network for collaboration in Europe

My work has brought me once again to this wonderful city for a gathering of Telecenter leaders representing almost every country in the European Union + some others. The effort to bring together organizations from around the EU working on e-inclusion programs started last year in Barcelona. In this second meeting of this nascent EU telecenters network these organizations will discuss ways to strengthen collaboration, establish venues to learn from each other, and find a common voice to promote… Continue

Added by Maria Garrido on April 15, 2008 at 20:00 — No Comments

TLF-Europe outcomes | How I see it

The structure of the event meant that firm decisions and actions were agreed throughout the 2 days. Every group session and plenary was potentially bring back an action. In several cases, participants agreed to undertake joint activities such as Bulgaria (icentres) and Romania (EOS) who went as developing a proposal. In the case of EUTA, it was dissolution of the Association and participate in Telecentre-Europe network. Other outcomes include:

1. Expansion of the steering committee… Continue

Added by Meddie Mayanja on April 15, 2008 at 18:39 — No Comments

TLF - Europe underway – all eyes on knowledge sharing and the network

The day started with introductory remarks from (Meddie), Microsoft (Melissa) and LIKTA (Prof. Imants Freibergs).

It had earlier been intimated to me that the audience is a mix of experienced telecentre practitioners and new birds - that were unsure if their technology centres and public libraries are indeed telecentres. In my remarks therefore, I underlined the operational definition of telecentres, consisting a place where technologies are accessed for training and… Continue

Added by Meddie Mayanja on April 15, 2008 at 18:36 — No Comments

Telecentre Leaders' Forum - Europe | day 2

...then it was Wednesday, and the TLF-Europe run its final day. It was time to take stock and firm up outcomes.

Overall, I was impressed with this event. A couple of weeks earlier, the taskforce was grapping with the agenda and nature of participants that would make the main objectives of the event come alive - knowledge sharing and consolidating the telecentre network.

By Wednesday afternoon (day 2), I could see momentum among participants; they wanted the network and… Continue

Added by Meddie Mayanja on April 15, 2008 at 18:30 — No Comments

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