Monday, July 10, 2006

A little context:

go to: http://design-altruism-project.org/

Read the post dated July 9 - the article recounts the work I did with the National Electoral Commission of Rwanda for the Country's first democratic local elections in 2001. First time the country had used a secret ballot. First time people could choose thier local representation. And of all people i hd the opportunity to create the civic sensitization materials for the country. The whole country. Granted, it's a small country, but still... I had no idea what i was doing, nor what i was getting into... It was a transformative experience. Before those elections, I was living in the Bay Area, never been to Africa before, working as a writer at a hoitie-toitie ad agency selling budweiser and chicken...
Now, five years later...
It's July 10, 2006 and The DRC is having its first democratic local elections in over 40 years on the 30th of this month. Some pretty amazing local, community based civic education programs have been launched, including the one by the organization FEWER (www.fewer-international.org) - with whom i have been invited to work with in a similar capacity as I did before with Rwanda's electoral commission. But in a very, very different fashion. Instead of spraypainting and making enough glue for a small country out of flour and water, I'll be evaluating the impact of these programs and developing strategies to improve them for the future local elections. I'm taking a few weeks away from Underground Advertising (no longer do i sell beer to minors - now proudly hawk pro-environmental policies and social justice - a far, far better fit - http://www.undergroundads.com) to travel to Kenya and Congo... All lessons learned contained in the article you can find at the link above, i will try to apply them now. If they apply, that is.

I will be keeping an account of the project here - please send comments and questions. I'm notoriously better at conversation that monologue...

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2 Comments:

Blogger pancake2 said...

Amazing is an understatement and even though I haven't seen you in 18 months, for some reason I miss youa little bit more right now, and clearly I do not care who knows it. See you at JFK. Love-W

10:18 PM  
Blogger pepe said...

my first every blog:
was down and the shul today and thought about your amazing adventures in DRC....wow! even read up on it a bit in the Economist. its not just that the DRC hasnt had demo elections in over 45 years but now that it's all starting up ther are 33 (*gasp*) presidential candidates and over 9,000 parlimentary posts up for grabs. makes our modest little two party system look like a sunday picnic. don't get sick on the food and look everywhere b4 crossing the street. ha ha! best

6:16 PM  

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