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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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Vote Now for community.design.initiative

I know that we have been away for a while…both of us are working on other projects (Mel’s busy with Lady Atelier , CrisisCommons and her new job at AWID, and I’m busy with HealthyHousing.ca and blogging for the Because I am a Girl Campaign).  So, if you’ll forgive us for being a bit absent, [...]

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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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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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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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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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Getting involved at GetInvolved.ca

Just before the New Year I signed up at GetInvolved.ca to help them reach their goal of 2,000,000 volunteer hours this year (through the Power of the Hour initiative).  Companies, individuals and organizations can join and set their goals, and then use the GetInvolved.ca platform to keep track of their time spent volunteering over the [...]

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World Changing Top Ten Lists

Around this time of year, everyone is making lists both recapping and looking forward.  Here are a couple of my favourite lists right now: MSF’s Top Ten Humanitarian Crises of 2009 Doctors without Borders writes this annual ironic top ten list to bring attention to hot spots around the world. Change.org Top Ten Victories of [...]

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Toronto Events: December 14-20

Tuesday December 15 The Future of the Internet: Networking in a Spontaneous Age. 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM 108N, North House. Munk Centre, University of Toronto. http://webapp.mcis.utoronto.ca/EventDetails.aspx?eventid=8352 Wednesday, December 16 Green Drinks Toronto Holiday Party Celebrate the season with other green-minded folks. 5:45 pm. Free. Grace O’Malley’s, 14 Duncan. [email protected]

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Health 2.0: Health for All, Health by All

Young Voices in Research for Health 2009, an annual joint publication by the Global Forum on Health Research and the Lancet is just out, and here’s an excerpt of my contribution (you can also read the full article on Scribd or download the pdf if you want.) The godparents of global health meeting at Alma [...]

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