huffington post en Weekly Wire: the Global Forum <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><P><IMG height=120 alt="" hspace=0 src="" width=121 align=left border=0>These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.</P> <P><STRONG>USAID<BR></STRONG><A href="" target=_blank>Two Guides You Must Read Before Using Mobile Technology for Behavior Change</A></P> <P>“As the desire to utilize mobile phones in international health projects has increased in the last few years, organizations continually ask a similar question, “We want to use mobile phones. Now what?” But the decision to introduce or start a mhealth project needs to come after answering many questions before “now what?” especially when dealing with behavior change communication projects. Enter Abt Associates, FrontlineSMS, and Text to Change. Two guides have recently been released to help organizations assess whether or not mobiles are the right tool, and if they are, the process moving forward. One is from Abt Associates and is entitled mBCC Field Guide: A Resource for Developing Mobile Behavior Change Communication Programs. The other one was created in collaboration between FrontlineSMS and Text to Change and is entitled Communications for change: How to use text messaging as an effective behavior change campaigning tool.”&nbsp; <A href="" target=_blank>READ MORE </A></div></div></div> Thu, 17 May 2012 15:06:45 +0000 Kalliope Kokolis 5991 at #8: Media and Policy Makers Need to Connect to Online "Influentials" <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><P><IMG height=214 alt="" hspace=0 src="" width=280 align=left border=0><EM><STRONG>Our Top Ten Blog Posts by Readership in 2011</STRONG></EM></P> <P><EM>Originally published on September 6, 2011</EM></P> <P>Most of those who have been riveted to the breaking news in North Africa and the Middle East during the so-called “Arab Spring” and the recent grimmer months this summer have been focused on predicting the actions of the various heads of state—of Hosni Mubarak, Muammar Gaddafi, Bashar Assad.&nbsp; But many academics have been trying to figure out who have been the prime movers of the grassroots unrest sweeping the region.&nbsp;</div></div></div> Wed, 21 Dec 2011 14:42:58 +0000 Susan Moeller 5809 at The Goal is Sacred Space <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><img height="200" alt="" hspace="0" width="300" align="left" border="0" src="/files/publicsphere/southafrica.jpeg" />When <a href="https://;ver=us">Siphiwe Tshabalala </a>scored the first goal of the <a href="">World Cup</a>, that beautiful, upper right hand corner net buster, just minutes into the second half, I fell in love.&nbsp;I took to my suburban balcony, danced with wild abandon, and screamed &ldquo;<a href=";ver=us">GOAL SOUTH AFRICA, GOAL BAFANA BAFANA</a>&rdquo; at the top of my lungs.&nbsp;I celebrated because during the 55<sup>th</sup> minute, of the first game, of the first World Cup on African soil, <i>we all</i> accomplished something great.&nbsp;No, I did not fall in love with Tshabala or South Africa or Bafana, Bafana <i>per se</i> in those moments. I actually fell in love with the idea of world collaboration all over again.&nbsp;&nbsp; I fell in love with the idea that if we are all present in one room/stadium and devoted to the same initiative, magic can happen.&nbsp;It was ethereal, and I, I was committed and in love and on top of the world for <i>about</i> 24 hours before reality brought me and all that idealism back to earth.&nbsp;Actually, it was the words escaping the mouths of my fellow Americans during the <a href=";ver=us">US</a> vs. <a href=";ver=us">England</a> game.</p> </div></div></div> Thu, 17 Jun 2010 15:28:51 +0000 Naniette Coleman 5467 at