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Capacity building in Spanish: What's lost in translation?

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The Spanish-speaking community faces unique accessibility challenges with technology. Most technology tools are built solely with English-language users in mind, and are often too costly for most migrant communities in California. This holds especially true among nonprofit organizations working in service of Latin@ communities.

Construyendo capacidad en español: ¿Que se pierde en la traducción?

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La mayoría del tiempo, la comunidad latin@ enfrenta desafíos de acceso a la tecnología. Las herramientas tecnológicas han sido, y siguen siendo diseñadas para usuarios que hablan inglés, y también son muy costosas para las comunidades migrantes en California. Esto es especialmente cierto entre organizaciones sin fines lucrativos que trabajan en servicio de comunidades latin@s.

Escuchando a las organizaciones sin fines lucrativos a través del estado de California, nos dimos cuenta de la necesidad de una colaboración en diseñar y facilitar talleres tecnológicos en español. Para empezar, durante los meses de Marzo y Abril estuvimos localizando nuestros talleres de comunicación en linea ya existentes. Organizamos nuestro primer taller en español en Los Angeles con la ayuda de IDEPSCA, el 8 de mayo del 2015. Los recursos están disponibles aquí. A continuación encontrarán algunas de las cosas que aprendimos durante el taller en Los Angeles.

Digital humanitarian response: Meanwhile, in Nairobi...

I was in Nairobi, Kenya, at the end of April participating in various happenings across humanitarian response spaces. From interactive gameplay to resiliency indicators, here's how we focused attention on frontline communities through digital means.

Facilitating gameplay to model for resource allocation

Game materials to indicate water points

I attended the 9th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA9) with the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre in Nairobi on April 24-30. I was there to facilitate a game which simulated the citizen reporting of water resource status and distribution in an area to better inform allocation.

The game stems from Taarifa, a free software project that has been widely deployed to collect, visualize, and map infrastructure information. The Climate Centre is well known (and appreciated) for their distillations of complex climate, environmental, and social systems into fun-to-play games, which are available on their website.

CA Roadshow: Building strategies for technology use

Social Justice Tech Skillshare mind-mapping

After a week on the road, JC and I are back from this year's first California Training Roadshow. We ventured from the Bay to Bakersfield, then continued on to Los Angeles where we met Misty and hosted two interactive events with local nonprofits and organizers.

To kick things off, fifteen people joined us on May 6th for the Social Justice Technology Skillshare. We started the day by creating a mind-map of what topics to address and questions to answer. An interesting distribution of topics emerged compared to previous years.

Beyond broadcast in communications for organizers

Notes from communications session at SjTech Skillshare

In early May, a few of us ventured down to Los Angeles to host a Social Justice Technology Skillshare. In one of the sessions, we explored what people learned while doing communications in service of community organizing efforts.

We invited people to gather around a big piece of blank paper and populate it with their tips, challenges, and ambitions in applying online communications to on-the-ground efforts. The question that guided the conversation was:

    How can online communications move beyond one-way broadcasting, and instead support conversations and relationship-building in service of organizing efforts?

Recursos de comunicaciones en español | Communications training resources in Spanish

Realizamos nuestro primer entrenamiento en español el 8 de mayo, del 2015, en Los Angeles, CA con IDEPSCA. El entrenamiento se enfoco en cubriendo comunicaciones en linea para organizadores comunitarios. Hablamos de los diversos canales de comunicacion, temas como el tono y evaluacion de audiencias, y luego los procesos vinculados a los objetivos estratégicos de la organización.

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