Alumniportal Deutschland just started ‘Creative dialogue on social networking’

December 11, 2012 in Freedom to innovate, Freedom to learn, Work

The Alumniportal Deutschland just started an interesting discussion on the history and culture of social networks.

Link to the discussion on the www.alumniportal-deutschland.org (register or login first).

Interview on Ethiopian blogging: “Blogging puts Ethiopian life on the Internet – and opens rooms for debates”

May 5, 2012 in Freedom to innovate, Freedom to learn, Open Source & Africa, Open Source IT business

Markos interviewed by Balthas Seibold  / Picture: Balthas Seibold, Licence: see this website's license

Markos interviewed by Balthas Seibold / Picture: Balthas Seibold, Licence: see this website’s license

[Please note: This blog post is a preview of the interview to be published soon on the Alumniportal Deutschland (APD) – subject to further editing].

Last week saw ‘re:publica 2012’ in Berlin, Germany’s largerst conference on blogging, social online networking and internet community. This years edition went global and put Africa on the map of social media. One of the speakers from the continent was Markos Lemma, an Ethiopian blogger, GIZ alumnus and innovation project coordinator for GIZ’s labour-market education programme in Ethiopia (former ecbp).

In this interview first published on the Alumniportal Deutschland, Markos gives us his reasons to be a  blogger in Ethiopia, reports on the latest developments of the blogging scene in his country and tells why he is betting on social media to tackle protracted development challenges in his country. He also gives us his vision for knowledge sharing within German international corporation programmes. Markos is blogging both on the Internet and on the Alumniportal Deutschland (APD).

APD: When did you write your first blog and why ?

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Second edition of compendium on Social Media by German Researcher Michelis

February 29, 2012 in Freedom to innovate

Two days ago, I met Prof. Michelis, who just published the second edition of this “Social Media Handbuch” (in German). Interesting book, with some good summaries on forward-looking issues such as “Commons-based peer production”, “Wisdom of the crowd” etc.

Link to Book promotion – in German: http://www.nomos-shop.de/Michelis-Schildhauer-Social-Media-Handbuch/productview.aspx?product=14264