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RHoKing out in Toronto. Hackers come together for a common goal!

It’s midafternoon in Toronto and the energy in the room is buzzing. Toronto is working on 7 projects.?? Highlights so far? Open Data Hack Day Teams have members of the City working with community and open data folks and are trying to solve problem definitions in Toronto for the people of Toronto. We have a [...]

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This week’s links: Gimmicks or Good Ideas?

Gaming for Good: “Online game seeks to empower Africa. Some people think of online gamers and see gaunt loners huddled in dark rooms, the sad blue glow of the computer screen on their faces as their lives pass them by. Game designer Jane McGonigal sees “superheroes” with untapped potential that can be used to fix [...]

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In the Community! HealthyHousing.ca Launched Today!

Kate J has been hard at work for the past few months for Fife House on preparing for the launch of HealthyHousing.ca, a National HIV/Housing Portal, which is a space for people living with HIV/AIDS (PHAs), service providers and researchers to learn more about issues related to HIV/AIDS and housing. The website is the result [...]

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Haiti Seen as a Crisitunity: Who says what about rebuilding

The conversation about “What’s Best for Haiti?” is one that everyone is weighing in on.  It seems that the post-earthquake devastation is seen as a “crisi-tunity” for a country that was already facing poverty, corruption and debt before the natural disaster.  There’s hope that maybe the influx of aid and interest can lead to improvements [...]

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Some thoughts on Pepsi Refresh

This year, Pepsi decided to forgo its annual Super Bowl commercial in favour of supporting an social media charity initiative called Pepsi Refresh.  Obviously, Pepsi’s interest is the bottom line, so the idea that a social media charity project is on par with a super bowl commercial in terms of advertising value is AMAZING to [...]

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Holy water or Wholly AIDS? by Guest Blogger Tania Khojasteh

While conducting an HIV/AIDS and gender workshop for a group of women in a rural and predominantly Christian Orthodox community in Ethiopia, I encountered what I call a classic clash between traditionalism and modernism within development work. After a two day workshop on preventative measures to transmitting HIV, I asked the ladies in the workshop [...]

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Toronto Events: International Development Week

February 7-13, 2010. It’s International Development this week in Canada. Join in Toronto, for lots of Interesting and Challenging discussions, films and of course plenty of benefits for you to go and donate your money to a worthy cause while having a fun time! FEATURED EVENT: TED 2010 live at CSI Join us at CSI [...]

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Comment on Youth in Development by Guest Blogger Tania Khojasteh

After working for years in youth development internationally (Ethiopia and Kenya), last year I worked with a group of youth in the Rexdale area of Toronto for the first time. As I worked with these youth in this marginalized and impoverished community, I began to ask myself the question, what does “development” mean to youth? [...]

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Guest Blogger Shannon Roszell on why monthly donations make a difference in Haiti

People are being so generous in supporting the people of Haiti and the relief work going on there. I would encourage individuals interested in providing support to consider becoming monthly donors with charities rather than giving larger one-time gifts. In a nutshell, sign up to be a monthly donor because: it allows charities to provide [...]

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Text to Donate for Haiti – some thoughts

Learning about all the stuff that’s happening around text message donations during the Haiti crisis.  It seems to be getting a lot of press! This is the first humanitarian disaster where this type of micro-donating is taking a really big roll.  Plan Canada (who I work for blogging at Because I am a Girl) have [...]

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