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    <http://www.communicationforsocialchange.org/>    MAZI 16

*IN THIS ISSUE*    *Message from the President*
<#11c0f41dcca18493_235>  Special
Preview: Communication for Social Change Anthology: Historical and
Contemporary Readings <#11c0f41dcca18493_236>  When It Comes to Social
Change, The Machine Metaphor Has Limits <#11c0f41dcca18493_237>  Mexico City
Highlights: Looking at AIDS Globally and Locally
<#11c0f41dcca18493_238>  Remembering
Orlando Fals Borda (1925-2008) <#11c0f41dcca18493_239>  Photo Essay: How
Community Radio Helped Move Democracy Forward in Sierra
Leone<#11c0f41dcca18493_240>  DVDs:
"Women of Pastapur" and "Voices from the Magdalena" Show Power of Community
Media Ownership <#11c0f41dcca18493_241>  Media's Role in the Global Divides:
A Report From IAMCR's 2008 Congress <#11c0f41dcca18493_242>  OURMedia 7
Meets in Accra, Ghana <#11c0f41dcca18493_243>  Photo Essay: Ghana Welcomes
OURMedia 7 to Africa <#11c0f41dcca18493_244>  Useful
Links<#11c0f41dcca18493_245>  CFSC
Consortium Body of Knowledge <#11c0f41dcca18493_231>  Inviting Guest
Contributors <#11c0f41dcca18493_232>  Inviting Artistic Images, Songs,
Poetry Showing CFSC In Action <#11c0f41dcca18493_233>  Please Support
*CFSC Consortium Body of Knowledge*  Are you looking for articles, books,
essays, journals or reports on communication for development and social
change? Is your interest HIV/AIDS, human rights or rural development? No
matter what your issue, as long as it deals with communication for social
change, you should be able to find useful references in the Body of
Knowledge, the CFSC Consortium's searchable database.

The body of knowledge has more than 3,000 references from around the world
now registered. We invite you to consult the database for your use. And we
encourage you to submit any reference you consider relevant to helping our
database continue to grow.
<http://www.communicationforsocialchange.org/body-of-knowledge.php>   *Inviting
Guest Contributors*  *Do you know of interesting examples of successful
applications of communication for social change principles within your
community or country?*

*Mazi* is looking for good case stories of CFSC at work: illustrations of
the process of dialogue leading to community decision-making, action,
implementation, monitoring, assessment and evaluation. We're especially
interested in examples of how communication processes have been strengthened
or established at a community level by people who have been traditionally

Help all of us build a better understanding of the many and varied ways that
public dialogue leads to community decision-making and action. Describe for
us where it takes place and why. Explain how CFSC is working. Inspire us all
by telling us your community's story.

Please e-mail your contribution of at least 250 words to
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Please make sure your story includes the CFSC elements: catalyst or
catalytic event, problem identification, dialogue, decision-making,
community action, monitoring and evaluation, and assessment of change at the
individual and societal levels. Include your name, phone number, fax (if
available) and email address.

The facts of all submissions will be verified. Once verified, they may be
included either in *Mazi* or on the Consortium's Web site.
<http://www.communicationforsocialchange.org/contact.php>   *Inviting
Artistic Images, Songs, Poetry Showing CFSC In Action*  *Mazi* invites your
original images showing communication for social change in action. Whatever
your medium—photography, painting, sketches, mosaics, murals, songs or
dances—if you have an image showing people working together to give everyone
a voice—we will consider publishing it in our online magazine.
Unfortunately, we are unable to return your submission. We also reserve the
right to crop and/or edit your work for style and content. Each creator will
be credited online for his or her submission.

Please e-mail your contribution to
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<http://www.communicationforsocialchange.org/contact.php>   *Please Support
Us*  Your tax deductible contribution to the Communication for Social Change
Consortium will be used to support our work in a number of areas including
HIV and AIDS globally and in Africa and the United States, polio
communication, communication for empowerment, case story development and
evidence gathering, participatory monitoring and evaluation, publications
and research, Body of Knowledge and curriculum development and training.

All contributions made are fully tax deductible in the United States to the
full extent of the law. The Consortium is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organisation
working throughout the world.

To make a donation online, please click
Or, contributions can be mailed to: CFSC Consortium, 14 South Orange Avenue,
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U.S. dollars, British sterling, euros or South African rand.

Thank you for your support.
<http://www.communicationforsocialchange.org/donate.php>       *Grappling
With the Complexity of Change
Message from Denise Gray-Felder*  Complexity is a subject that intrigues and
confounds scholars and practitioners the world over. Many of us who work in
international development think that complexity must be grappled with,
wrestled to the ground and tamed.
*Exclusive Special Preview for Mazi Readers
Communication for Social Change Anthology: Historical and Contemporary
Readings Excerpt from the Spanish Version*  *The Communication for Social
Change Anthology* is available for the first time in Spanish. A collection
of readings on the subject of communication for social change, this is an
essential reference for universities and research centres as well as for
departments of anthropology, sociology and international relations. The
1500-page book contains 200 readings by 150 authors from all regions of the
world, including many Latin American experts on communication for social

Click here to order Spanish
Click here to order English
*When It Comes to Social Change, The Machine Metaphor Has Limits by Virginia
Lacayo*  If social change is nonlinear, long term and rarely predictable,
why do so many organisations use a mechanistic approach in an attempt to
measure and evaluate development initiatives? Virginia Lacayo, a Ph. D.
candidate at the School of Media Arts and Studies at Ohio University, in the
United States, explains why Westerners especially are drawn to the machine
metaphor, and she discusses the limitations of that approach. Lacayo, whose
specialty is gender and social change, concludes by providing Mazi readers a
variety of simple rules to avoid those limitations.
*Mexico City Highlights: Looking at AIDS Globally and Locally
by CFSC Consortium Staff*  The human battle against AIDS has become a war of
attrition. The XVII International AIDS Conference, which took place in
Mexico City from August 3 to August 8, 2008, highlighted both good news and
bad. The death rate from AIDS is falling globally. But people on the
margins—poor people, sex workers and gay people—are still the most
vulnerable. The implications for communication for social change—engaging in
community dialogue to identify problems and work together to solve them—are
enormous. Following are some meeting highlights from the conference Web site
as well as from the Web site of the Black AIDS Institute, a United
States-based think tank. For comprehensive meeting coverage, see Useful
*Remembering Orlando Fals Borda (1925-2008)
by Alfonso Gumucio-Dagron*  On Tuesday, August 12, the world lost one of
Latin America's most important social scientists, Colombian sociologist
Orlando Fals Borda. His passing is a great loss for the academic world
across borders and a particular loss for us at the Consortium: Fals Borda is
one of the authors in the Consortium's *Communication for Social Change
Anthology: Historical and Contemporary Readings*. He was also a friend to
many of us in the Consortium's university network. Alfonso Gumucio Dagron,
the Consortium's managing director of programmes, writes this memoriam.
*Photo Essay: How Community Radio Helped Move Democracy Forward in Sierra
Leone by Bill Siemering*  Community radio can help ensure people elect their
leaders in fair and transparent elections. The nonprofit organisation
Developing Radio Partners helped the people of Sierra Leone bring about
change in their government peacefully, despite daunting challenges.
*DVDs: "Women of Pastapur" and "Voices from the Magdalena" Show Power of
Community Media Ownership*  A new, 27-minute documentary, a DVD directed and
photographed by Alfonso Gumucio-Dagron, the Consortium managing director of
programmes, shows that, when people who are poor own their own media, they
have the means to raise their voices as a community, address problems and
improve their lives. In the villages around Zaheerabad, an impoverished area
in the state of Andhra Proadesh, India, a handful of Dalit women, illiterate
and mostly dedicated to farming, took communication into their own hands,
using video and radio in their struggle for self-reliance. Achieving local,
national and global impact, the community's broadcasts show CFSC in action.
Rich in beautiful images, this DVD is a must for anyone seeking to
demonstrate the power of local community ownership of media and how they can
achieve positive social change. Available now for $10USD. Special offer: If
you order this DVD, along with its companion DVD, "Voices of the Magdalena,"
the price is $16USD for both.
*Media's Role in the Global Divides: A Report From IAMCR's 2008 Congress by
Florencia Enghel*  What is the relationship between media and global
inequity? More than 900 participants from 85 countries gathered in Stockholm
from July 21 to July 25, 2008 to address that question. Hosted by the
International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), a
professional association of communication scholars, the conference explored
the pivotal yet under-researched roles the media play with regard to today's
global inequalities. Florencia Enghel, a communication practitioner and
editor of *Global Times*, attended the conference and filed this report for
*OURMedia 7 Meets in Accra, Ghana
by Alfonso Gumucio-Dagron*  OURMedia / NuestrosMedios, a network of
academics, practitioners and activists focused on participatory
communication, held its annual conference in Africa for the first time this
August. The meeting's theme was "Identity, Inclusion, Innovation:
Alternative Communication in a Globalised World." Alfonso Gumucio-Dagron,
the Consortium's managing director of programmes, shares what he calls a
"vivid experience" that inspired conferees to "go forward in the continuous
search of communication that struggles for justice, dignity and equality."
Read the OURMedia
*Photo Essay: Ghana Welcomes OURMedia 7 to Africa
by Alfonso Gumucio-Dagron*  In early August, Ghana opened its arms in warm
welcome to conferees attending OURMedia 7. Those scholars and practitioners
attending, representing 42 countries, spent 4 days in workshops and
discussion sessions ranging from the future of community radio to
community-based participatory approaches. During the week, the conference
celebrated the 10th anniversary of Ghana's own Radio Ada and noted the
upcoming 25th anniversary of AMARC.
Links*  *Mexico City AIDS 2008: Comprehensive Conference Coverage*
Mazi readers wishing to read comprehensive, day-by-day reports of the XVII
International AIDS conference, which drew 23,000 people and included a trade
show, exhibits, performances, symposia, etc., should visit the official
conference Web site: http://www.aids2008.org/. Those wishing to read
commentary on AIDS 2008 by the United States-based think tank Black AIDS
Institute should visit:

*Call for Applications: Every Human Has Rights Media Awards*
December 2008 will mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights. The Elders—world leaders convened by Nelson Mandela to use
their wisdom, independence and experience to tackle the world's toughest
problems—will partner with the Every Human Has Rights Campaign to honor
mainstream and citizen journalists from around the world who have reported
powerful human rights stories. An independent international jury will select
the honorees. The goal of the awards is to support human rights reporting
and encourage press freedom worldwide. Application deadline: September 15,
2008, 12 midnight, Paris time. For more information:

*International Poverty Centre to Launch
'Poverty Networks' on its Web Site*
The IPC, a joint initiative of the United Nations Development Programme and
the Brazilian Government's Institute of Applied Economic Research, promotes
South-South Cooperation on applied poverty research and training. The IPC
has more than 170 publications that help shape policy aimed at reducing
poverty and inequality. When launched, "Poverty Networks," a section of
IPC's Web site, will comprise comprehensive and accessible directory of
development gateways. The IPC's Web site is at:

*Listening to the Voices of Africa's Children*
Children are the fictional narrators in Say You're One of Us, a collection
of stories about violence and poverty that take place in Kenya, Nigeria,
Benin, Rwanda and Ethiopia. Author Uwem Akpan, a Nigerian Jesuit priest, has
written a book critics describe as "amazing and moving," "ravishing and sad"
and "well-crafted and chilling." For more information, including an excerpt,
visit the book's official Web site:

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