Supporting relief work at Nepal April 29, 2015, 7:14 a.m.
Summary: A quick look at what you can do to support relief efforts at Nepal
Undoubtedly you have all been closely watching the extent of lives lost and the damage that the Earthquake in and around Nepal has caused and been praying for its people. Reportedly Nepal's worst earthquake to hit in 80 years, is said to now push back Nepal's economy by more than a decade. While the need of the hour are relief efforts to meet the needs of the more than 9200 people injured and rescue and evacuation efforts ...read more
Ketto-set-go! Jan. 29, 2015, 5:50 a.m.
Summary: Make way for India's online crowd-funding platform for your online strategy in 2015!
Crowd-funding is here to stay. Definitely! In a previous article we spoke to Pavitra Chalam of Curley Street Media, who crowd-funded India's largest successful crowd funded non-fiction film. Now we take a peek into India's very own online crowd-funding platforms – Ketto.org. Ketto, founded by Varun Sheth, Zaheer Adenwala and Bollywood actor Kunal Kapoor, has more than 300 voluntary organisations; 10,000 donors and over Rs 2 Crores raised. Most of you might remember Ketto from ...read more
'Rooting for crowd-funding' Jan. 11, 2015, 10 p.m.
Summary: How an independent film production house raised money online to film their movie 'Rooting for Roona' that aims to bring awareness on the state of children's healthcare in India.
Thousands of children in India are born with congenital birth anomalies and are ignored and shunned by the healthcare system and the society at large. Roona is one such girl from a remote part of Tripura, who suffers from Hydrocephalus, a birth defect caused by a build-up of fluid in the brain leading to massive swelling of the head. While Roona's case caught the attention of the media which was able to garner support from a wide audience to ...read more
We want to speak in English, we want to document our lives on the tablets... Oct. 4, 2013, 8:40 a.m.
Summary: Notes from our training session with 55 women leaders in the districts of North Karnataka; Names of participants have been changed for confidential purposes.
We completed the first round of Magic Slate ICT training sessions and it was a thought-provoking, as well as an overwhelming experience for us. We heard stories, and life experiences of these women leaders. The stories revolved around challenges, hurdles and learning curves at the same time. The training was a two-way learning process. These women are fast learners. They showed great enthusiasm and dedication to learn to use the Tablets - they quickly learned how to take ...read more
The Magic Slate Aug. 13, 2013, 7:20 a.m.
Summary: Teaching leaders of women collectives in sex work to use ICT
Why this is important and you should support it too! Our experience of training grassroots activists to use technology and the internet has always proven that access to information and means to connect to like-minded people and the world is powerful. Though it may not always be as earth shattering as an Arab Spring, it can be a catalyst to change. Says Sumathi, a dalit rights activist, “I used to be scared to use the computer... this ...read more