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Strengthening Women's Networks Using Mobile Phones
Strengthening Women's Networks Using Mobile Phones
Strengthening Women's Networks Using Mobile Phones
Strengthening Women's Networks Using Mobile Phones
Strengthening Women's Networks Using Mobile Phones
Strengthening Women's Networks Using Mobile Phones
Strengthening Women's Networks Using Mobile Phones
Strengthening Women's Networks Using Mobile Phones
Strengthening Women's Networks Using Mobile Phones
Strengthening Women's Networks Using Mobile Phones
Strengthening Women's Networks Using Mobile Phones
Strengthening Women's Networks Using Mobile Phones
Strengthening Women's Networks Using Mobile Phones
Strengthening Women's Networks Using Mobile Phones
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Strengthening Women's Networks Using Mobile Phones

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This slideshow shares the seeds of a vision to engage grassroots women activists on the edge in regional and global networks. Contact marcus@instedd.org if you have a project/network that might …

This slideshow shares the seeds of a vision to engage grassroots women activists on the edge in regional and global networks. Contact marcus@instedd.org if you have a project/network that might benefit from mobile tools.

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  • 1. InSTEDD mission 2. GRO intersection 3. The need - $ on coms, not well targeted, ecosystem not well covered (except mhealth, and that is focused on providers) why important - big bang for buck, activist will be there long after opportunities - activist groups, networks of NGOs, could expand to environ. other 4. Relevant apps, collaboration, help those at the edge, help people support each other is the key dimension here 4a - Ways Geochat can be used for activists - show what apps help with which tasks and how 1)eople far apart, stay in touch - dometic/global - [other apps - describe] 2) support 3) monitor situations 4) problem solve 5) help coordinate between NGOs/groups on a particular problem * 5. Geochat as focal app...Strategies a. Test sites - folks with extensive user contact - int'l= 1 within group, 1 between group (usha, HRW?, domestic - can have more direct contact - health/other, SF support groups?)- every 2-3 weeks do a check in with feedback... Generalize - do a packet Do large disseminatio - student networks - GRO networks - word of mouth b. rapid prototype - field labini's funded by global north donors if common threads of requirements identified c. do 'mash up' with people in need - at various conferences...
  • Those messages appear on a map for those who have internet (or on a phone)
  • Create regional discussion groups over SMS – within or between groups
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    • 1. Mobile & Women’s Networks How can mobile phones be used to strengthen the great work already happening among women around the world? Prepared by Mary Jane Marcus at InSTEDD, [email_address] - DRAFT of 6/5/09
    • 2. Desired outcomes
      • Women’s networks/groups are harnessed through peer knowledge sharing and mutual support. As a result, these regional networks are stronger, more effective, vibrant and connected! Women with only a mobile phone are as engaged as those with internet access
      Prepared by InSTEDD, marcus@instedd.org
    • 3. How can people work together across distances?
      • CURRENT OPTIONS: TRAVEL TO MEET FACE TO FACE
      • Meet Face to Face
        • Petrol, transport expensive
        • Roads poor
        • Costs considerable time and money
        • Delays in moving forward
      Prepared by InSTEDD, marcus@instedd.org
    • 4. How can people work together across distances?
      • CURRENT OPTIONS: TECHNOLOGY
        • Voice – no conference calling, voice calls extremely expensive
        • Internet – internet access is expensive, intermittent, not constant
      Prepared by InSTEDD, marcus@instedd.org
    • 5. How can people work together across distances?
      • OPPORTUNITIES: CELL PHONES (GROUP COMMUNICATION)
        • Cost of text message
        • Always available
        • Already being used
      Prepared by InSTEDD, marcus@instedd.org
    • 6. How can a peer group or network work together with only a basic mobile phone? Prepared by InSTEDD, marcus@instedd.org
    • 7. Testing and deployment process
      • Assessment – what are the needs? what is the technical capacity?
      • Partner development – which groups already have networks that exist and women who want to work more closely together?
      • Identify small pilots for a few scenarios.
      • Technology options - what would be appropriate?
        • InSTEDD’s GeoChat could be useful..use it as a conversation starter
      Prepared by InSTEDD, marcus@instedd.org
    • 8. Existing technology options to support women’s networks: InSTEDD’s GeoChat Group Conversation over SMS
      • Peer to peer communication (unlike most tools are top to bottom or visa versa)
      • Group member sends one message
        • Send water
      • All team receives the message
        • Goes thru internet
        • Within and between countries
      Send water supplies to Village C Prepared by InSTEDD, marcus@instedd.org
    • 9. Why GeoChat Might Have for Women
      • Group SMS –
      • Share resources and support
      • Women’s Circles
      Prepared by InSTEDD, marcus@instedd.org
    • 10. Possible Scenario for GeoChat: Helping Women Connect with Their Team (possibly spread out in different villages, towns) Chief says women are protected here HQ: Good to hear from you 100 women came to gathering! Need more water Prepared by InSTEDD, marcus@instedd.org
    • 11. Possible Scenario: Connecting Women Working on Similar Issues in a Region Prepared by InSTEDD, marcus@instedd.org
    • 12. Possible GeoChat Scenario: Strengthening the Movement: Women Connect Between Countries/Regions Prepared by InSTEDD, marcus@instedd.org
    • 13. In a way that is connected with women technologists! Prepared by InSTEDD, marcus@instedd.org
    • 14. How to Use GeoChat: Takes 5 minutes Create a group on the GeoChat website. Ask group members to join from their mobile phones with their name and the group name. Send: “ YOUR NAME*GROUP NAME” (example: paul zula*foi) to the number for your country. Numbers here: http://geochat.instedd.org/Home/SharedGateways Display Name (ex: Paul Zula)– the name that will appear before each message you send. Make sure your team can recognize you with this name. Group name (ex: FOI, for Friends of InSTEDD) – enter the short version of the group name

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