Mobile & Women’s Networks How can mobile phones be used to strengthen the great work already happening among women around ...
Desired outcomes <ul><li>Women’s networks/groups are harnessed through peer knowledge sharing and mutual support.  As a re...
How can people work together across distances? <ul><li>CURRENT OPTIONS: TRAVEL TO MEET FACE TO FACE </li></ul><ul><li>Meet...
How can people work together across distances? <ul><li>CURRENT OPTIONS:  TECHNOLOGY </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Voice – no confe...
How can people work together across distances? <ul><li>OPPORTUNITIES:  CELL PHONES (GROUP COMMUNICATION) </li></ul><ul><ul...
How can a peer group or network work together with only a basic mobile phone? Prepared by InSTEDD, marcus@instedd.org
Testing and deployment process <ul><li>Assessment – what are the needs? what is the technical capacity? </li></ul><ul><li>...
Existing technology options to support women’s networks:  InSTEDD’s GeoChat Group Conversation over SMS <ul><li>Peer to pe...
Why GeoChat Might Have for Women <ul><li>Group SMS –  </li></ul><ul><li>Share resources and support </li></ul><ul><li>Wome...
Possible Scenario for GeoChat:  Helping Women Connect with Their Team (possibly spread out in different villages, towns) C...
Possible Scenario:  Connecting Women Working on  Similar Issues in a Region Prepared by InSTEDD, marcus@instedd.org
Possible GeoChat Scenario: Strengthening the Movement: Women Connect Between Countries/Regions Prepared by InSTEDD, marcus...
In a way that is connected with women technologists! Prepared by InSTEDD, marcus@instedd.org
How to Use GeoChat: Takes 5 minutes Create a group on the GeoChat website.  Ask group members to join from their mobile ph...
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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 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&apos;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&apos;s funded by global north donors if common threads of requirements identified c. do &apos;mash up&apos; 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
  • Strengthening Women's Networks Using Mobile Phones

    1. 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. 2. Desired outcomes <ul><li>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 </li></ul>Prepared by InSTEDD, marcus@instedd.org
    3. 3. How can people work together across distances? <ul><li>CURRENT OPTIONS: TRAVEL TO MEET FACE TO FACE </li></ul><ul><li>Meet Face to Face </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Petrol, transport expensive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Roads poor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Costs considerable time and money </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Delays in moving forward </li></ul></ul>Prepared by InSTEDD, marcus@instedd.org
    4. 4. How can people work together across distances? <ul><li>CURRENT OPTIONS: TECHNOLOGY </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Voice – no conference calling, voice calls extremely expensive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet – internet access is expensive, intermittent, not constant </li></ul></ul>Prepared by InSTEDD, marcus@instedd.org
    5. 5. How can people work together across distances? <ul><li>OPPORTUNITIES: CELL PHONES (GROUP COMMUNICATION) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost of text message </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Always available </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Already being used </li></ul></ul>Prepared by InSTEDD, marcus@instedd.org
    6. 6. How can a peer group or network work together with only a basic mobile phone? Prepared by InSTEDD, marcus@instedd.org
    7. 7. Testing and deployment process <ul><li>Assessment – what are the needs? what is the technical capacity? </li></ul><ul><li>Partner development – which groups already have networks that exist and women who want to work more closely together? </li></ul><ul><li>Identify small pilots for a few scenarios. </li></ul><ul><li>Technology options - what would be appropriate? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>InSTEDD’s GeoChat could be useful..use it as a conversation starter </li></ul></ul>Prepared by InSTEDD, marcus@instedd.org
    8. 8. Existing technology options to support women’s networks: InSTEDD’s GeoChat Group Conversation over SMS <ul><li>Peer to peer communication (unlike most tools are top to bottom or visa versa) </li></ul><ul><li>Group member sends one message </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Send water </li></ul></ul><ul><li>All team receives the message </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Goes thru internet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Within and between countries </li></ul></ul>Send water supplies to Village C Prepared by InSTEDD, marcus@instedd.org
    9. 9. Why GeoChat Might Have for Women <ul><li>Group SMS – </li></ul><ul><li>Share resources and support </li></ul><ul><li>Women’s Circles </li></ul>Prepared by InSTEDD, marcus@instedd.org
    10. 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. 11. Possible Scenario: Connecting Women Working on Similar Issues in a Region Prepared by InSTEDD, marcus@instedd.org
    12. 12. Possible GeoChat Scenario: Strengthening the Movement: Women Connect Between Countries/Regions Prepared by InSTEDD, marcus@instedd.org
    13. 13. In a way that is connected with women technologists! Prepared by InSTEDD, marcus@instedd.org
    14. 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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