Millennium Goals of Culture

Tim chaired the opening panel discussion of the International Conference "Millennium Goals of Culture?" at the Villa Decius in Cracow Poland in October 2007.

Reframing Africa’s story

Close your eyes for one second and think about Somalia. Did any of the following come to mind?

Can ICTs bring about social change in Africa?

The role of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube in the Arab Spring created a renewed buzz around the use of social media and ICTs in fostering social change.

Tunisia’s post-revolution media frustrated by lack of change

It couldn’t have been worse timing. As the world’s press freedom activists were landing earlier this month for the first day of a media freedom conference, TV magnate Nabil Karoui was convicted by the Tunisian government of blasphemy and ‘disturbing public order’ for broadcasting the animated film Persepolis, which contains a fleeting image of God.

Reflections on Durban

I had heard so much about the UNFCCC climate change conferences, and was curious to feel the buzz of a large international event. The COP is a major communications event, with the world media in attendance, and the large international not-for-profits whipping up pre-conference reports, cross-continent caravans and campaigns. I had been warned to expect utter exhaustion by the end of our trip where we had to organise an orientation day, 12 breakfast briefings, a media clinic, and to mentor 20 journalists from 15 countries.

Community Media Forum Europe 2011

The first Community Media Forum Europe (CMFE) conference was hosted at the shiny new offices of Home for Cooperation in Cyprus earlier this month. Set in the UN buffer zone (locally referred to as the Dead Zone) among the ruined streets of the 1974 conflict, it was a sobering location to bring together 50 media organisations committed to increasing citizens’ voices in the political process.

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