Global Voices is the leading participatory media room for voices from developing countries around the globe. They've just launched their online fundraising campaign to keep the world talking. I'm a donor and let me tell you why.
I've had the honor of being involved with the Global Voices community on and off for a couple of years. I remember first coming across it back in 2005 when it was just a simple blog hosted at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. I was thrilled to discover it because I had just started my "Cambodia For Kids" blog and thought it might help me connect with bloggers from Cambodia. It did.
In 2005, I also discovered the Berkman Center Thursday evening bloggers meetings and started attending. (I did a session on nonprofits and blogging with Marnie Webb) It was at one of these meetings that I met Ethan Zuckerman and Rebecca MacKinnon. I offered to do some volunteer outreach work for global voices to connect with Cambodia bloggers and served as a volunteer editor for the Cambodia section for a short time before Tharum (in the photo below) took over the job.
Since those early years, Global Voices has grown into a vibrant global community of more than 150 active volunteer authors and translators and more than 20 freelance part- time regional and language editors.
That's a photo of me and Tharum, who started blogging in 2004. He was the first person to leave a comment on my Cambodia4Kids Blog. In December 2005, I got to meet Tharum in London at the Global Voices Summit, its annual face-to-face gathering of the Global Voices Community.
I've been a long time advocate and supporter of the work that is being done over at Global Voices and have seen the impact first hand in Cambodia where there is a vibrant local community of bloggers. That's why when Ethan Zuckerman invited to serve on the board of Friends of Global Voices, the us nonprofit that will serve as a fundraising entity for Global Voices, I said yes. I'm honored to be serving with David Weinberger, Isaac Mao, and Xeni Jardin.
So, that's why I'm hoping you'll join me and support Global Voices.