Friday Roundup

I’ve decided to jump on another band wagon and join in on Friday roundups of the blogosphere.  So in no particular order, this week’s selection focuses on issues I’ve been thinking about this week: 1. Malawi education system needs a serious overhaul – Jimmy Kanja’s Blog 10/09/09 2. The Global Gender Gap Index – Kiwiblog…

Electoral systems, democracy and participation

[Edited when I realised that WP for iPhone failed me and lost most of the post – urgh!] Last week the New Zealand Government announced not one but the possibility of two referenda on New Zealand’s electoral system, that is the way that citizens vote in politicians to represent them in Parliament. Despite the two…

Democracy and International Development

We’ve started a little conversation over at the ActionAid news blog on democracy and international development and since I much prefer more engagement (you know me on participation, politics and international development) on these things – I’d love a few more people to join the discussion. No thought is too small!

Friday Afternoon Fun

I was reminded of this brilliant poem last weekend up in Todmorden. You Are Old, Father William “You are old, Father William,” the young man said, “And your hair has become very white; And yet you incessantly stand on your head— Do you think, at your age, it is right?” “In my youth,” Father William…

Better Late Than Never – Blog Action Day 09

So I’ve finally done it – dedicating four posts to the issue of climate change for Blog Action Day 09, although that’s only three if you don’t count the video. I have to admit to running a little late this year but I’ve been unwell, just a cold, but it had me crook in bed…

This Climate Change Stuff

Written the night before BAD09 before I curled up in bed feeling ill. I’m writing this on one of London’s new “green” buses hours before the launch of Blog Action Day (October 15) in the UK, which gives me pause for thought about this whole issue of climate change. There are fewer climate change deniers…

The Copenhagen Summit Malarky

In seven weeks, the UN-sponsored Copenhagen Conference on climate change will be happening.  The conference, however, is the final stage of a multi-sessional attempt to draw up a new agreement on climate change and as such is proving difficult. Will anything substantial come out of Copenhagen? As I write this there are articles buzzing around…

Nifty Power Shift – Young Activists Campaigning

On October 12 around 100 young people descended on Jubilee Gardens, on South Bank in London, and amazed those passing by with a synchronised dance. These young people had spent four days at Power Shift,  a gathering for young people who were keen to be part of the solution to climate change.  Campaigning takes place…

Maldives Government Embrace Climate Change

The Maldives Government met on the sea bed in scuba gear to draw attention to the dangers of climate change for the island nation. In the first, or last (depending on how you read these), of my blog posts for my belated blog actions day 09, I’m going to focus on small island developing states, also…

WordPress for iPhone

I’m testing the WordPress for iPhone app at work. I’ve had an iPhone for a week and am loving it. Took notes at last night’s RSA New Perspectives on Faith & Development on it and have various useful & entertaining apps. App suggestions anyone?

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

From Gizmodo by Rosa Golijan I loved this story. We seldom post about books at Gizmodo, but if this story of a self-taught Malawian boy using junkyard parts to build windmills and bring life-changing electricity to his village doesn’t make you misty-eyed, then you must be one cold-hearted bastard. Nothing in this world can take…