Saturday, July 30, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
To support the Northside Project visit here to make a donation.
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Monday, July 25, 2011
After seeing the video of Donny on YouTube, CEO of the Calgary Homeless Foundation, Tim Richter, tracked him down and put him up in an apartment. The move was part of Calgary’s “housing first” plan, which makes permanent housing a priority in addressing homelessness. The policy, launched in 2008, has provided over 2,300 homeless people with homes.
Once he moved into his new apartment, Donny decided to change his life. In the video below, Horvath interviews Donny who is sober, taking on part-time work, and even adopted a cat to share his new home with.
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Friday, July 22, 2011
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The short clip below opens a small window into the devastating hardship in Somalia as David Orr, a World Food Program employee, provides a firsthand account of the suffering families are enduring. Everyday 1,000 refugees are arriving in Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp in Kenya, where the WFP is working to provide exhausted and hungry people with life saving meals.
Click here to help support the WFP’s mission and the 3.5 million people who have been affected across the country.
Posted by Maya Amoils at 4:44 PM
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Next week, leading up to their trial in Tehran, the Bay Area Supporters of Josh and Shane invite you to join the cause by adding your own voice to an international week of action to free the two American Hikers. “One Million Voices for Shane and Josh” is an international effort to remind the Iranian government that the whole world is watching and wants Bauer and Fattal released to their families immediately.
To participate in the effort to release Shane and Josh:
1. Beginning Monday, July 25th, 8 AM EST through Friday July 29th, 5pm EST, call the Interests Section of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Washington DC everyday at 202-965-4990 with the following message: “I am a supporter of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal. I know that the two are not spies and urge you to release them and allow them to travel home to their families tomorrow.”
2. Encourage your friends, family, and contacts to become a part of the campaign.
3. Help keep track of how many voices are being heard by emailing to let them know you have participated.
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Check out the playlist below to a get a firsthand glimpse of the heated debate discussions which suggest that, after thirty years under President Hosni Mubarak’s iron grip on power, Cairo is springing alive with a palpable spirit of activism.
Posted by Maya Amoils at 4:50 PM
Monday, July 18, 2011
In an effort to counter Islamophobia, Unity Productions has launched their latest project called “My Fellow American.” With accounts like these, the program provides a storytelling platform for non-Muslims to share stories about their Muslim friends and neighbors. In the short film below, hateful voices are juxtaposed with everyday Muslim Americans. The project teaser serves as a call-to-action for people of all faiths and backgrounds to stand up against the climate of offensive speech and fear of Muslims or Islam.
To learn more about the project, sign a pledge, and share the mission to affirm American Muslims as fellow American’s visit: http://myfellowamerican.us/
Posted by Maya Amoils at 9:17 AM
Friday, July 15, 2011
Amnesty TV mixes satirical comedy and short documentaries with outspoken opinion and real news. The TV episodes, which are created by a team of filmmakers, creative writers, and digital artists, will run every two weeks and each will focus on a different theme. The first episode, shown below, features an ironic attempt to obtain birthday signatures from international embassies, Jimmy Wales’ (the founder of Wikipedia) perspective on Internet freedom, and string of world news highlights--plus an instructional video on how to perform the perfect “Carpet Karaoke.” The result is a combination of laughs alongside a more serious message about human activism.
The Amnesty TV channel, hosted online and on YouTube, will fuse techniques from popular entertainment with documentary features, campaign stunts, and satirical comedy. Check out the first episode below for a taste of what the series promises to offer in the future:
Posted by Maya Amoils at 6:44 PM
This Week's Top News Stories on YouTube--Mumbai bombings, Tech-savvy US candidates, and a couple of starry-eyed Marine YouTubers.
- We witnessed horrific scenes after a triple-bombing terrorist attack in Mumbai, India.
- We saw Afghan President Hamid Karzai mourn the assassination of his prominent half-brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai.
- We learned Rick Santorum plays Angry Birds and Newt Gingrich hangs out on Google+ this week on the US campaign trail.
- We watched an amazing come-from-behind victory of the US women's soccer team over Brazil in the Women's World Cup quarter-finals, propelling them to later move on to the finals.
- We saluted Sgt. Scott Moore for his creative invitation from Afghanistan to actress Mila Kunis to attend the Marine Corps Ball. And we loved the follow-up invitation to Kunis' movie co-star Justin Timberlake from Corporal Kelsey De Santis at Marine Corps Base Quantico.
- And finally, we cheered along with colorful fans for the London premiere of the final Harry Potter movie.
Posted by Maya Amoils at 5:11 PM
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Walker’s brown bag lunches invite citizens to engage in a discussion with him over their lunch breaks about the best ways to protect Wisconsin jobs and family budgets. Last week, Governor Walker posted his 31st video in the series. His latest video answers questions on the upcoming recall elections in Wisconsin and marks another exciting stepping stone in the program that was launched back in April with this video.
Posted by Maya Amoils at 6:06 PM
The UN General Assembly approved the Security Council's recommendation for South Sudan's UN membership this morning, making it the 193rd member state.
This is the latest development in a string of celebrations for the world's newest nation. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, along with other foreign diplomats, was on hand last Saturday in the capital city of Juba to usher in the festivities, including their first national soccer game. In the clip below, we see the South Sudanese proudly singing their national anthem right before the game. The South Sudanese spirit showed no signs of defeat despite a loss of 3-1 in the friendly match against Kenya's Tusker FC. After all, there is so much more to celebrate: freedom.
This is an undeniably joyous moment for South Sudan, but now the focus turns to creating a stable government alongside Sudan. The two countries must come to agreement regarding borders, citizenship issues, and disputes over the oil-rich Abyei region. In her remarks at a Security Council debate on July 13th, Susan Rice, the United States representative to the United Nations, emphasized that the founding of South Sudan is a crucial turning point in bringing peace to the region. She described the challenges as "great, but by no means insurmountable" and offered reassurance that "The Security Council has done its utmost to support this process, and this council and my government will remain deeply engaged in supporting the Republic of South Sudan at this critical junction and into the future."
Ferris Salameh, YouTube Policy team, recently watched Ambassador Rice Delivers Remarks at South Sudan Independence Ceremony
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Today marks the beginning of a new initiative run by Ashoka’s Changemakers, with support from Google, to source innovations that will boost media access and participation globally: Citizen Media: A Global Innovation Competition. What do we mean by this? Well, we’re waiting for you to tell us, but here are some initial ideas for what strong entries might hope to achieve:
- Give voice to underserved, vulnerable populations, introducing them to media creation and distribution, and showcasing their messages
- Equip journalists and publishers with tools or channels to report important news that otherwise gets missed
- Advance free speech and privacy protections
- Address the financial sustainability of quality news
- Help people better navigate information and ascertain content reliability and authenticity
We’re excited to see the ideas submitted to this competition and to help social entrepreneurs advance their innovations.
This competition is run by Ashoka with sponsorship from Google. Submit your idea on: http://www.changemakers.com/citizenmedia.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
First hand accounts such as these demonstrate the importance of taking the necessary measures to preserve the integrity of citizens and salute the martyrs and everyday heroes who fight to save the country from total rule and corruption. To learn more about Tahrir Diaries and see more of their efforts check out their channel playlist below:
Posted by Maya Amoils at 4:39 PM
Monday, July 11, 2011
Friday, July 8, 2011
This Week's Top News Stories on YouTube--Arizona Dust storms, Bono's Unforgettable Duet, and a Squirrel's Miraculous Escape
- We watched in awe as Phoenix, Arizona, was engulfed by an epic dust storm which produced some truly spectacular videos.
- We saw saw social media history being made by Barack Obama this week with his debut tweet at the first Presidential Twitter Town Hall.
- We glimpsed the first tragic images of an unfolding humanitarian disaster in the Horn of Africa where up to 10 million people are affected by the worst drought in generations.
- We saw Britain's News of the World newspaper closed down after scandalous revelations of phone hacking, coming from - among many others - actor Hugh Grant.
- We had a tear in our eye as U2's Bono plucked blind guitarist Andy Bevell from the crowd at a concert in Nashville and performed an unforgettable duet.
- And finally, we cheered on a little squirrel who had a miraculous escape from the wheels of a speeding Lamborghini.
Posted by Maya Amoils at 5:05 PM
In recent years, the US, once a world leader on the issue, has drastically fallen amongst the rankings of economically free countries. Will the American quality of life fall with it? Watch the video below to learn more about economic freedom in a visually engaging way, and check out this link to see another interesting use of data visualization.
Posted by Maya Amoils at 4:46 PM
The World Food Programme initiative aims to give the hungry a chance to share their lives with the rest of the world in an intimate way. The compilation of Molly’s footage below marks an important step in their ambition:
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In an effort to continue offering easy access to this information, we’ve launched the YouTube State Hub, a place to find all of the U.S. Department of State’s various YouTube channels in one place.
This site follows the model of two similar YouTube channels, the House Hub and Senate Hub, which also help users easily find videos posted by government officials. Just click on the pin in each country, and you can find content from that embassy.
Throughout the coming year we’ll showcase some of the most creative videos from embassies, consulates and ambassadors around the globe on our CitizenTube blog and via our twitter account, @CitizenTube.
Posted by Will Houghteling at 7:59 AM
Thursday, July 7, 2011
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There are few areas in the world where the ubiquity of the web means more than in the Palestinian territories. In a place where conflict is a part of daily life, and land disputes prevent the kind of geographical freedom most of us take for granted, it’s platforms like YouTube that are allowing people to broadcast their ideas to the rest of the world—and to tell stories that aren’t being told by other media outlets.
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