Chiara and I recently wrote a short article about the virtual volunteer teams we both manage for the CIVICUS newsletter celebrating International Volunteer Day that is coming up on December 5th. We thought we would share it here too!
''“Dialogue without learning is not dialogue, it is merely discussion.”
-- European Youth Forum''
Dialogue is more than a conversation or a discussion, it is a powerful and interdisciplinary element with the ability to open minds and promote tolerance through many media.
The US State Department has launched its first "Democracy Video Challenge", and is asking youth to complete the sentence "Democracy Is..." through the medium of digital video, in an attempt to invite youth to apply multiple forces toward expressing their present reality as well as shaping the future. So get your video cameras rolling because the Challenge is on!
Art is power. That has been true for millennia. Now, with the support of the networks that the internet provides art can travel farther, be appreciated by more people and increase its impact – its power. Online Communities have popped up for socializing with friends (My Space, Facebook, etc.), others are for bloggers (Live Journal, Blogger, Wordpress, etc.
It is day number three of the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City and so much has happened over the last three days (not to mention the three-day Youth Pre-Conference that preceded it) that it would be impossible for me to write a blog long enough or detailed enough to convey what it has been like for the youth delegates to AIDS 2008.
The CIVICUS Youth Assembly took place in Glasgow, Scotland from June 16-18th, 2008. Hundreds of young people were there to learn more about "People, Power and Participation" and these are some of their thoughts on the experience.
The CIVICUS Youth Assembly took place in Glasgow, Scotland from June 16-18th, 2008. TakingITGlobal's Multilingual Programs Manager Chiara was there to take part in the three-day event on People, Power and Participation. Here are her thoughts on the experience:
The value of civil society in the quest for social justice cannot be overestimated.
From Athens to Zagreb, virtually every student has heard of the Erasmus program. Since its inception, the Erasmus has opened up new horizons for European youth- creating a de facto Euro Generation, leading to increased job mobility among states and contributing to the creation of a collective European identity.