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INTERVIEW: ForGood - a social movement (network) that transcends the Internet...

I spotted a new "social movement" site the other day, piqued my interest. Forgood positions itself as:

"a social movement that inspires, guides and connects different people taking action to make our society safer, healthier, happier, more informed, more compassionate, caring .."

So I set up the following text interview to delve beneath the hood, and get some more insight on what this FNB / IS / SABC etc. sponsored community is all about.



Here's the interview:

1. Hi, who am I talking to?
Samantha & Claire

2. For Good. What is it? And who are you aiming at?
Forgood is a social activist movement using the web and cell phone technology, backed by mass media promotion. It's based on the belief that millions of people who would take action for good, don’t – because they don’t know how to or believe their small actions would be insignificant. Forgood's objective is to support people to take small (and big) constructive actions to impact on the social issues fa…

ADSL. Move to 4mb.

This is so sweet. It makes me sad to talk about being excited about the prospect of a 27 minute - 700mb download. But in South Africa - we haven't really been blessed with particularly speedy net connections.

It was quite something. Podcasts coming down in a matter of seconds, pages loading instantaneously (more due to FireFox 3 methinks)... Mmm Mmm Mmm.

Proof:

A little integrated widgeting...

I'm trying out the Buzzfuse "rate-review-share" widget on Cowboys. And would appreciate your feedback. It replaces the Blogger comment function (which is actually pretty slow if viewing from South Africa). The idea is to provide all the social bookmarking and engagement functionality within a single widget.

As you can see below, it's fairly well integrated into the blog style. Give it a go - I'd appreciate your feedback (which will be forwarded onto the sites creators).

UPDATE: By the way - I earn cash for comments, tags and ratings. Hook a brother up!

SA Blook: Chapter 12, Connecting South Africa - Communities that transcend technology

By Andy Hadfield

“A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed.”
- Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Ubuntu. A word that describes not only one of South Africa’s greatest technology gifts to the world, but also the sense and spirit which binds every African at their core. Add crime, xenophobia, tough economical conditions and a cultural mishmash second to none – it still won’t cover our underlying sense of community. Our connection to each other born of a journey through hard times, and a light at the end of the tunnel.

We feel it in the good times, the sports victories and the political successes. We feel it in the bad times, the political differences and the growing pains of an immature democracy. It is inextr…

Introducing the SA Blook

Hi all... quick note to give you a heads up on a great idea that will be launching in a couple of hours. I'm proud to be associated with Darren Gorton's SA Blook project - a collection of South African bloggers / authors who have banded together to contribute a chapter each to an online Blook. The topic: Technology and South Africa, with a positive slant.

I'd be extremely grateful, dear Readers, if you could do as the blogosphere does. Spread the news, read the chapters, enjoy the stories... As much of an "experiment" as this is, it would be incredible if we could use the speed of the online medium to spread the good stories of South Africa.

A quick leaked excerpt from the Introduction by Darren Gorton...

Welcome to the SA blook, a collaboration between South African bloggers with a heart for our nation and a strong belief in our future. Essentially, it is a book, originally published online and written by a diverse group of writers with strong views of our country …