I’m finding it slow going getting back into things post Christmas, but I just read an excellent short post by Euan Semple: Why blogging will (still) change the world and it reminded me why I believe this is an interesting medium to use to communicate.
In fact over the holidays, when I really was trying to take a break from all things web, I still found myself checking feeds, dropping in on twitter etc. The good thing was feeling less guilty for getting sidetracked by items that were completely nothing to do with work – after all, I think some of the best ideas come from seeing what is happening in other sectors, and its great when you get that eureka moment and find something you would never have thought about, but which is a perfect solution.
A selection follows of the sort of things I found interesting over the last week or so, social media and development related:
- Government 2.o and open government – a fascinating and slightly hypnotic visualisation of tweets on this subject
- I started a blog and no one cared – another excellent post from Steve Radick, this one about how social media can only work when people see the value to themselves and participate
- Eight books on development for the interested generalist – exactly what the title says!
- Social media, complexity science, and an age old information challenge for aid agencies
- Is social media a friend or foe of government – article which illustrates what can happen when you dive in
- Why twitter will endure – article in New York Times
And finally, an amazing set of photographs from a photojournalist who spent 6 weeks living in the slums of Nairobi, then Jakarta, Caracas and Mumbai: Planet Slum