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SMEX Approach to Cultivating Participatory Media Literacy in Lebanon


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This is the presentation I gave in Damascus at the WSIS Follow-up for the Western Asia region. I recorded audio but it's in MP4 and I'm having trouble converting it to upload on Slideshare.

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SMEX Approach to Cultivating Participatory Media Literacy in Lebanon

  1. 1. Networking Development with the Social Web SMEX’s Approach to Cultivating Participatory Media Literacy
  2. 2. a nd ST A T C E D G A R O TA B R
  3. 3. our ability to mediate our message directly affects our ability to create change
  4. 4. a new media literacy, a participatory media literacy
  5. 5. 1.5 billion / 1:9:90
  6. 6. Literacy Access English Time
  7. 7. must-browse
  8. 8. 2008 Structure • Introduction to Web 2.0 • Hands-on workshops in blogging, Facebook organizing, and other tools Challenges • Internet access • Language • Scalability • Sustainability • Too many tools to teach
  9. 9. ‫ﺩﻟﻴﻞ ﺍﺳﺘﺨﺪﺍﻡ‬ ‫ﺻﻔﺤﺎﺕ‬ ‫ﻟﻠﻤﻨﻈﻤـﺎﺕ ﻏﻴـﺮ ﺍﳊﻜﻮﻣﻴﺔ‬ ‫ﻭﺍﳌﻨﻈﻤـﺎﺕ ﺍﻟﺘـﻲ ﻻ ﺗﺘﻮﺧﻰ‬ ‫ﺍﻟﺮﺑﺢ ﻭﺍﳌﺠﺘﻤﻊ ﺍﳌﺪﻧﻲ‬ ‫‪™Hƒ°üe ∫ɵ°SÉHh QGqóZ ⋲Ø£°üe º∏≤H‬‬ ‫‪‬‬
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  11. 11. Structure 2009 • Training of trainers • Ideas competition Challenges • Access > Distributed access • Language > Increased translation and Arabic sites • Scalability > Online curriculum, periodic meetups • Sustainability > Focus on the community • Too many tools > Diversify learning
  12. 12. New Challenges • Varying levels of digital literacy, media literacy • Developing an Arabic-adaption process • Addressing increasingly complex help needs • Sustaining community, and organizing offline meetings • Programming soft-skills support sessions • Identifying opportunities for local applications • Networking internationally
  13. 13. Vision • A self-guiding curriculum that’s easily adapted to learning and implementation needs via language and social media typology • A self-sustaining regional network of social media for social change trainers and practitioners
  14. 14. “If the collective intelligence is then shared back with the community, the members find more value in the community, and the community grows even more, leading to a virtuous cycle.” —Gaurav Mishra
  15. 15. THANK YOU. SMEX.ORG To view this slideshow again, please visit