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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.

Reframing response at the Humanitarian Tech Festival

The Humanitarian Technology Festival on May 9 and 10 is Aspiration's first foray of participatory event methodologies into the digital response space. We hope that this event supports creative dialogues and capacity building in humanitarian aid and disaster response efforts. In a recent blog on Civic Media, Willow explains the framing of this program and event:

"The very way we deliver aid perpetuates the need for more aid... When people need lodging after a hurricane, they're either told to evacuate and/or they're put into temporary homes, away from neighbors and family. There is little impetus to return and rebuild both social and tangible structures. People are uprooted, and must start from scratch. When, instead, we see that people don't just need lodging but in fact need social fabric, responders (and the technologies used for response) can focus on how to maintain family and neighborhood ties."

Heading to the Allied Media Conference in Detroit

Allied Media Conference 2015

Nothing signals summer like the Allied Media Conference in Detroit, happening June 18-21! The AMC convenes thousands of people doing transformative work at the intersections of media and communications, art, technology, and social justice.

We are excited to be a part of the workshops, dialogues, and emergent festivities of the 2015 AMC. Misty and I are looking forward to collaborating with Beatrice Martini, Jack from Palante Tech, and many others.

We are planning to host three sessions:

Build with us on our California Training Roadshow

After an informative Listening Tour with nonprofits in Los Angeles, we are southbound on Highway 5 for our spring Training Roadshow! The first week of May, we will be joining nonprofits and grassroots organizers in LA for participatory workshops and technology skill shares.

We have a few community-driven events on our calendar:

Weaponized Social in Nairobi, Kenya | 2015

Event Date(s): 
May 2, 2015

Weaponized Social in Nairobi, Kenya took place on Saturday, May 2, 2015. We invited sociologists, data scientists, peace builders, developers, activists, and anyone passionate about supporting a healthier online ecosystem to join us at the iHub in May.

Thank you to all who participated.

Exploring Human Rights Documentation at RDF Manila

Documenting human rights violations depends on data. Photos of survivors. Recorded first hand accounts of atrocities. Emails and financial documents from the perpetrators. These materials are all data-driven, and this documentation is essential to the protection of human rights. But if this data is not handled carefully, it can compromise the safety of the people who create, collect, or use it.

Brainstorming the structure of a checklist for advising technology in low-tech situations

The Responsible Data Forum, held in Manila on March 21 and 22, 2015, brought together human rights defenders, technologists, and trainers from around the world to foster responsible data practices for human rights documentation. This was the eighth Responsible Data Forum held by the engine room, an organization that supports and investigates the use of technology and data in advocacy work.

In Manila, I joined small working groups to explore topics such as how to identify appropriate tools and best practices for verifying human rights documentation. I worked with an incredible group of people to explore the challenges of working in low technology environments. We designed our conversation to help funders and developers think through the question of, "Will it be productive to bring technology to a low tech situation?"

Talleres de Comunicaciones para Organizadores Comunitarios

Event Date(s): 
May 8, 2015

Invitamos a todas las organizaciones no lucrativas en el área de Los Angeles para que nos acompañen Viernes, 8 de mayo a una serie de talleres tecnológicos en Español. En conjunto con el Instituto de Educacion Popular del Sur de California (IDEPSCA), estos talleres serán gratuitos para apoyar el intercambio de aprendizaje y conocimiento sobre como usar herramientas tecnológicas para los esfuerzos de justicia social.

Social Justice Technology Skillshare in Los Angeles

Event Date(s): 
May 6, 2015

Our Social Justice Technology Skillshare took place at Mercado La Paloma in Los Angeles on Wednesday May 6, 2015.

This was a community-driven event designed for up to 30 organizations in LA to connect with other nonprofit and grassroots staff about leveraging technology and online communications to support social justice work.

eAdvocacy training in LA last spring

Procesos para Comunicaciones con Impacto

Event Date(s): 
April 14, 2015

Acompáñenos el 14 de Abril a las 9 a.m. en el SF Nonprofit Tech Center para un taller de comunicaciones en linea diseñado para personal de organizaciones no lucrativas y organizaciones de comunidades pequeñas. Este taller se dará en Español.

Cuatro Procesos para Impacto Efectivo en Comunicaciones En Linea

Fortalezca sus comunicaciones con nuestro taller colaborativo gratuito en como usar los Cuatro Procesos de Aspiración.

Coordinando sus Canales de Comunicaciones en Línea

Event Date(s): 
March 24, 2015

Acompáñenos el 24 de Marzo a las 10:00am en el SF Nonprofit Tech Center para un taller de comunicaciones en línea diseñado para personal de organizaciones no lucrativas y organizadores de comunidades. Este taller se dará en español.

Coordinando sus Canales de Comunicaciones en Línea

Aumente la efectividad de sus comunicaciones en línea con nuestro taller gratuito sobre cómo coordinar sus comunicaciones en línea dentro de su organización.

Weaponized Social in SF | 2015

Event Date(s): 
May 16, 2015 to May 17, 2015

In February 2015, we brought together people in New York City to engage in conversations and workshops about social interactions and conflict resolution in online spaces.

Referred to as Weaponized Social, this event aimed to rethink the social scripts (i.e., learned patterns of interaction) that shape the online realm.

2015 Humanitarian Technology Festival

Event Date(s): 
May 9, 2015 to May 10, 2015

Our Humanitarian Technology Festival took place on May 9 and 10, 2015 at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, MA. This two-day gathering brought people together who are passionate about leveraging technology and media for humanitarian aid and disaster response.

The event was designed to support dialogue for field practitioners, media makers and storytellers, technology developers, information security practitioners, and everyone in between.

California Listening Tour: Notes from Los Angeles

The first California Listening Tour of the year is a wrap. It was great returning to Los Angeles (quick shout-out to my hometown, Korea Town) to get insights on how nonprofit organizations want to leverage technology for their front line community work.

Reporting Back from Weaponized Social in NYC

A group of fifteen participants gathered in New York City on February 13 and 14 to discuss the idea of Weaponized Social: the notion that social harms resulting from digital interactions can become dangerously amplified online by the network effect.

Circumvention Technology Festival in Valencia, Spain | 2015

Event Date(s): 
March 1, 2015 to March 6, 2015

We helped organize the Circumvention Technology Festival in Valencia, Spain in March 2015. Spanning a week of workshops, hackathons, and social gatherings, the #CTFestival brought together participants from around the globe to connect, share resources, and collaborate on efforts to fight censorship and surveillance.

Thank you to all who participated.

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