The project aims to enable democratic development in Macedonia through the use of new technologies – social media and citizen generated content. It will focus on capacity building of activists who already work on specific causes within their communities and at national level, aiming to provide them with skills and tools that would enable them to connect to each other and to the general population. The primary beneficiaries of the project will form the core group of leaders that will disseminate the knowledge further within their community and at a national level via the online tools, alongside raising public awareness about their particular causes. The trainees will be selected through an open competition disseminated via websites, mailing lists and blogs used by NGOs and civil activists, which is a form of preselecting only those candidates with the required basic levels of skills and interest.Project Purpose/Goal: Dissemination of technical and leadership skills in the civic sector in Macedonia, enabling the NGOs and individual activists to start using them as means for positive social change around selected important causes.Expected results: Creation of teams composed of activists who will take leading roles within their communities, using the new technologies for lobbying, advocacy and raising public awareness about causes for progressive changes in the society, on local and national level. Creation of online communities around particular causes of great importance to the development of Macedonian democracy in…
This project aims to incite creation of local e-content in Macedonia, increasing the level of online production in the local languages and increasing the quality of the available content, especially when related to education and Open Access. It will use two-pronged approach of capacity building of potential and current content creators, as well as providing digital infrastructure for motivating such creation based on promotion of content in local languages and resulting user feedback.The overall goal of the project is to contribute to constructive use of digital technologies as tools for critical thinking and democratization in Macedonia, through increasing the quantity and quality of e-content. Objectives: To raise awareness of the importance of local e-content and contribute to improved legal/institutional environment conducive to content creation To improve visibility of independent and nonprofit publications promoting critical thinking, and to create new resources to promote and aggregate open-access publications To increase quantity of content relevant to citizens of Macedonia, in local languages and English by utilizing non-financial motivation factors To increase the quality of local content available online through increased awareness and level of IT skills, based on application of best practices Summary of the activities Raising public awareness through continuous public presentations about the forms that the citizens can use to contribute to local content creation (blogs, Open Access, Wikipedia, and using existing media), as well as advocating of improvement of the legal framework in…
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