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Welcome to the TIG Newsletters archive! Using the tabs below, you can browse archived issues of the TIG Dispatch, TIG Update, and TIG Link Newsletters.


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  • Top 17 of 2017

    Top 17 of 2017

    Here at TakingITGlobal, 2017 has been an exciting year of growth, challenge, and partnership as many of our initiatives evolved to new levels of impact and collaboration. Here are some of the highlights we're most proud of.


  • Top 16 2016 Highlights

    Top 16 2016 Highlights

    On behalf of our team at TakingITGlobal, we wish you and your loved ones a new year filled with happiness! As we reflect on our milestones in 2016, we wanted to share our Top 16 highlights with you that we've just featured in a blog post.


  • TIG Dispatch 15.1: Global Goals & Belonging

    TIG Dispatch 15.1: Global Goals & Belonging

    A sense of belonging is a human need, like the need for food and shelter and who we are is shaped by the people who we are connected to. As a part of this understanding, TakingITGlobal along with the Samuel Family Foundation are inviting youth to share their representations of inclusion in our What Does Belonging Look Like? contest. Through this contest we invite your imagination, voice and perspective to depict visual art pieces on the theme of belonging, so that we begin to tackle the issue of isolation together. Learn more and submit!


  • TIG Dispatch 14.4: Up for a 30 day challenge?

    TIG Dispatch 14.4: Up for a 30 day challenge?

    December's here: Get an early start on your New Year's resolutions by taking our 30-day Commit2Act challenge to reduce your impact on the planet! Now until December 31, turn your small actions into a big impact. All you need to do is follow 3 easy steps: Explore, Act, and Share. We'll even throw in a prize: Be one of the first 100 members to track one action per day for 20 consecutive days in December (use the new calendar to keep track!) and you'll win a limited-edition TakingITGlobal T-shirt. Each action is also an entry into a draw for to win 1 of 4 gift cards! What are you waiting for? Login to Commit2Act and take your first action today!


  • TIG Dispatch 14.3: Help TIG raise $50,000 in 50 seconds and win!

    TIG Dispatch 14.3: Help TIG raise $50,000 in 50 seconds and win!

    We have partnered with HP LIFE to help you develop your technology and entrepreneurship skills while raising funds for TIG programs - and get a chance to win a prize! Take 50 seconds to register for HP LIFE's free training portal and you'll be entered to win one of 5 Amazon.com gift cards that will be awarded to TIG members at end of day Friday! For each registration, HP will donate $1 to TakingITGlobal. Check it out and sign up now!


  • TIG Dispatch 14.2: Get connected with Culture Connect!

    TIG Dispatch 14.2: Get connected with Culture Connect!

    Interested in learning more about other cultures and connecting with amazing young people from across the world? Join the next cycle of Culture Connect, a four-week digital exchange program kicking off in late March! Each week participants will be provided with 'mini-missions' which encourage intercultural dialogue through photo uploading and discussions based on the following themes: Daily Life, My Roots, Our Vision and Our Quest. Want to get in on the action? Apply today! This program was made possible by the Intercultural Innovation Award.


  • TIG Dispatch 14.1: 150 places to explore!

    TIG Dispatch 14.1: 150 places to explore!

    Looking to brush up on your history and geography? Tap into Canada's rich diversity of stories and perspectives with your friends through Explore150 - a free mobile app for iOS and Android motivating youth to interact with one another to learn more about our vast history!

    Use Explore150 to rediscover, celebrate, and share the beauty and inspiration offered by natural, cultural, and historic sites across Canada. The in-app environment is a resourceful space for you to learn about sites of significance in each province and territory from the palm of your hand - as selected by our team of bloggers - and will undoubtedly motivate you to visit the sites to learn more.


  • TIG Dispatch 12.3: Celebrating International Youth Day!

    TIG Dispatch 12.3: Celebrating International Youth Day!

    August 12th is International Youth Day! Last week, leading up to today's celebrations, the United Nations hosted its 12th Annual Youth Assembly in NYC. TIG was there to host a series of meetings and sessions that focused on youth collaboration and creative expression through the Adobe Youth Voices Programs. The assembly focused on the work, successes and current challenges related to the Millennium Development Goals as well as the next round of development objectives. The event highlighted the key role that young people play in civil society as well as how the UN is integrating youth perspectives into policy development. For many years, we have been pushing for youth voices to be heard on an international scale, and we are thrilled about the progress in youth engagement and cross-cultural collaboration!


  • Dispatch 12.2: Fuel the Ambition and #WSTD

    Dispatch 12.2: Fuel the Ambition and #WSTD

    Young people around the world have ambitions. Some want better jobs. Others want to create them. TakingITGlobal is helping our Innovate for Good members to Fuel the Ambition, to start new businesses, social ventures, or to get better jobs. From June 11th to 18th, donations to entrepreneurship and employment microprojects on the Give for Youth website (including four from Sprout graduates from Mexico, USA, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka) will be matched at 50% with up to $150,000 in matching funds, courtesy of this Microsoft YouthSpark campaign. Join us in supporting opportunities for young people, and together we can Fuel the Ambition of those who need help making their dreams come to life!


  • TIG Dispatch 12.1: New Header & International Days!

    TIG Dispatch 12.1: New Header & International Days!

    Happy New Year, TIGgers! To help bring in the New Year, TIG staff have been working extra hard and are proud to announce the launch of the new International Days section and a new site header! From World Health Day to the International Day of Democracy and dozens of Internationally recognized days in-between, the newly designed pages make it easier for you to start discussions, make a commitment for action and drive change in your communities! You can also check out the International Days pictures on our Pinterest account! We hope you love the new International Days pages as much as we do!


  • TIG Dispatch 11.9: Commit2Act and win!

    TIG Dispatch 11.9: Commit2Act and win!

    Did you walk or cycle to work today? Do you air dry your laundry? Do you volunteer with campaigns and projects in your community? We want to reward you for your action! Each day you take an action through the Commit2Act App you earn an entry in our contest to win an iPad or iPhone 5! Prizes will be drawn and awarded each month (Pernille from Denmark won last month's prize), so commit to world-changing behaviours each and every day to maximize your chances of winning.
    We've added new commitments around Taking Action on Gender Equality in Movember and Stand with the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation to stop tar sands expansion on their traditional territories. Commit2Act today!


  • TIG Dispatch 11.8: Initiatives, Earthwatchers & TIGed Back to School News

    TIG Dispatch 11.8: Initiatives, Earthwatchers & TIGed Back to School News

    Do you have an idea? An idea that you know could make a positive change for the community you live in, or even beyond your borders? Now you can get a powerful online space for your idea with Initiatives! TakingITGlobal is excited to announce our newest Action Tool, Initiatives: a platform for sharing and building your project, campaign, coalition, or taskforce with other like-minded youth around the world! Your Initiative can benefit from the large membership and powerful platform of TIG, while maintaining your own customized space. You can pick from multiple domain names and several design templates, plus import content from your social networks with just a few clicks. So if you've got an idea that you want to share with the world, visit Initiatives today and get started!


  • Dispatch 11.7: Commit2Act, Aspire Awards, and EFF Debate today!

    Dispatch 11.7: Commit2Act, Aspire Awards, and EFF Debate today!

    Small actions can have a big impact! TakingITGlobal is thrilled to announce the launch of our new mobile app, Commit2Act. Through Commit2Act you can engage with leading campaigns around the world and promote issues you care about. Sign on to make commitments that matter to you, and compete with other like minded people in a community of inspiring youth changemakers! You can post and promote your most important actions to your friends, while informing and inspiring all of your followers and contacts on Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo and LinkedIn. Commit2Act is Free to Download, and available now via iTunes! Join other young people around the world in taking small actions that collectively add up to significant change: Commit2Act Today!


  • Dispatch 11.6: Aspire Awards & June Art Exhibits

    Dispatch 11.6: Aspire Awards & June Art Exhibits

    The Adobe Youth Voices Aspire Awards semi-finalists have been announced! Watch and share the incredible collection of youth-produced media that recognizes young people as change makers in our world. In each category, one Aspire Audience Award is given away, and YOU the audience, have the power to decide who the lucky winners will be. Want to VOTE? Watch the submissions, and then share your favourites with all of your friends and followers through Facebook and Twitter. Each Like, Share, Tweet, and ReTweet will automatically count as a vote. Voting ends June 8, 2012. Congratulations to the following TakingITGlobal youth participants who have advanced as finalists in the Aspire Awards: Animation - Cambio Jovenes, Fermin Martinez, Puerta Joven. Juventud, Cultura y Desarrollo, Mexico - Change Starts with Oneself, Jeanvier Janga, Bonaire Youth Outreach Foundation, Bonaire Documentary - Down Syndrome and Us, Stella Suarez, Guildford School of Languages, Uruguay Poetry - Let it Go, Meralney Bomba, Bonaire Youth Outreach Foundation, Bonaire Graphic Design - Save Energy, Manthan Charles, Community Development Centre, India - Peace Power, Manthan Charles, Community Development Centre, India - When You Were a Child, Jorge Alvarado, Asociación Acción Civil por la Paz, Guatemala - I am a Woman and I'm Proud, Javier Esquit, Asociación Acción Civil por la Paz, Guatemala


  • Dispatch 11.5: Earth Day this Sunday and Rio+20 Opportunities!

    Dispatch 11.5: Earth Day this Sunday and Rio+20 Opportunities!

    Adobe Youth Voices is a program that supports youth all over the world in thinking critically about social issues and expressing themselves creatively using multimedia tools. In 2011, TakingITGlobal engaged nearly 3000 youth in 18 countries in creating multimedia pieces about their communities, their issues, their hopes, and their demands. The collection features work by youth in 18 countries including Guatemala, Mexico, Brazil, India, South Africa, Kenya, and Egypt. Each media piece is unique and has a distinct youth voice. Some call for action, while others call attention to an issue. Some tell stories about a community, a person, or a moment in time. Each project provides a unique insight into the aspirations, ideas, and creativity of a young person somewhere in the world. Visit the Adobe Youth Voices Global Gallery collection and learn about the hopes, concerns, aspirations, and ideas that youth artists want to share with the world!


  • TakingITGlobal Dispatch 11.3: #occupy is growing!

    TakingITGlobal Dispatch 11.3: #occupy is growing!

    What started on September 17th as an occupation of a park near Wall Street in New York has steadily gained momentum, growing into a global movement through social media, live streams and ongoing demonstrations. On October 15th, the occupy movement went global with a series of local occupy events. Globally, over 2,500 people have been arrested so far for peacefully demonstrating, and many have been assaulted by police. Discuss and share your thoughts on this new trend in youth activism on our discussion boards. Also, show us how you feel by submitting a photo to our Global Gallery. All you need is a big blank sheet of paper, a marker, and a camera: write your message to the occupy movement and submit it to this gallery set. The winner will receive an $80 donation to be given to the #occupy movement of their choice.


  • TakingITGlobal Dispatch 11.2: Year of Youth Wrap-up!

    TakingITGlobal Dispatch 11.2: Year of Youth Wrap-up!

    We've reached the end of the United Nations' Year of Youth, celebrating dialogue and mutual understanding among and for youth. Throughout this year, the UN has sought to promote peace, freedom, progress and solidarity towards creating independent free thinking youth who can act as leaders for fulfilling the Millennium Development Goals. To mark this occasion, TakingITGlobal is reaching out to its members around the world in a live chat event in the month of September. The chat will be an opportunity for young leaders and hopeful change makers to think back on this year and share their experiences in trying to reach their goals. Tell your story of interesting members you've met through TIG! Are they still on TIG? Have you met them in real life? How did you connect? The chat will be a Q & A led by TakingITGlobal's Online Animator, Adrian Lachance. Also make sure to check out the TIG Year of Youth blog, where we want you to contribute your thoughts, reflections, experiences, work, and connections from the past year! Join this group blog and participate now, and document your impact in your communities, and the world, today.


  • TakingITGlobal Dispatch 11.2: Change Inc.

    TakingITGlobal Dispatch 11.2: Change Inc.

    Are you between the ages of 16-21 living in Ontario, Canada? Want to turn your world-changing idea into an innovative social enterprise? Change Inc.: Cultivating Young Social Entrepreneurs, led by TakingITGlobal in partnership with the Public Policy Forum, aims to develop the entrepreneurship skills of Ontario youth to imagine and create their own social change projects by facilitating learning, skill building and mentoring opportunities between outstanding youth and established social entrepreneurs. Through an interactive, self-directed e-course, 100 Ontario youth aged 16-21 can take part in a unique capacity-building opportunity to develop essential social entrepreneurship skills, including team building, project management, communications and leveraging technology to design social change projects. The Change Inc. E-course will take place over a 12-week period from September to December 2011. Due to the generous support of the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development & Trade, the Change Inc. E-course is being offered at a reduced rate of $20 per participant. Don’t miss your chance to register by August 23rd, 2011 or contact Sara Hassan, Change Inc. Outreach Coordinator, at sara@takingitglobal.org.


  • TakingITGlobal Dispatch 11.1: Adobe Youth Voices

    TakingITGlobal Dispatch 11.1: Adobe Youth Voices

    TakingITGlobal is proud to announce the successful conclusion of our first Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) cycle. AYV at TIG aims to engage young people from all over the world and challenge them to think critically about local and global issues through the use of multimedia artwork. By providing a forum for creative expression, AYV enables youth to take on leadership roles, harness their energy and ideas, and allow them to bring about change through consciousness building within their communities. As a platform for self expression, AYV brought together 24 amazing organizations located in 6 different countries to engage over 1,000 youth. Take a look at some of the inspiring final projects participants created in our Global Gallery Exhibit. Continuing this amazing work, we're preparing to launch the second cycle with additional 30 new amazing partner sites working in youth development across the globe. The new partner sites will work in collaboration with 20 sites from the previous cycle to ensure continuity in their youth programs, supporting them in empowering youth to express themselves creatively.


  • TakingITGlobal Dispatch 10.9: Sprout Video Launch!

    TakingITGlobal Dispatch 10.9: Sprout Video Launch!

    The Sprout E-course and Pearson Fellowship for Social Innovation have recently released a new promotional video featuring several Sprout alumni! Young people everywhere have ideas, passion, and energy to change the world, but they need the skills and support to lift their ideas off the ground. Sprout, a program of TakingITGlobal and the Pearson Foundation, aims to equip a diverse generation of courageous young people with essential project management skills to craft effective social innovation projects and change their corner of the world for the better. To learn more about the program, visit the Sprout website. The next Sprout e-course cycle starts on Monday, July 4 - register today!


  • TakingITGlobal Dispatch 10.8: Defining Moments: Discovering our Canadian Stories

    TakingITGlobal Dispatch 10.8: Defining Moments: Discovering our Canadian Stories

    TakingITGlobal, with support from the Canadian Heritage "Youth Take Charge" program, is pleased to announce the official launch of a national digital media arts and citizenship project called Defining Moments: Discovering our Canadian Stories. The project is focused on Canadian identity and citizen engagement through artistic expression. Visit the Defining Moments website to access an interactive timeline of moments in Canadian history that will expand and evolve through collaboration from TIG users; an art contest that will culminate in an art exhibition, workshops that will be run by youth, for youth and held in each province and territory on the topic of Canadian identity! Defining Moments is seeking dynamic youth workshop facilitators from Prince Edward Island, Nunavut, and the Northwest Territories to conduct public workshops.


  • TakingITGlobal Dispatch 10.7: Launching Badges and Swahili!

    TakingITGlobal Dispatch 10.7: Launching Badges and Swahili!

    February 28th marked a very special day for the TIG online community: we celebrated the launch of our Swahili language platform, which marked the 13th language platform on the TIG website. This is huge! Swahili is one of the largest Bantu (e.g. native to Africa) languages out there with an estimated 80 million speakers and growing fast. Since 2009, a total of 28 volunteers have worked to translate tens of thousands of words and phrases - much of the content on our site - to bring TIG's resources and online community to Swahili speakers. Learn more about some of the Swahili team members, including their favourite Swahili word!


  • TakingITGlobal Dispatch 10.6: Shout + DeforestACTION!

    TakingITGlobal Dispatch 10.6: Shout + DeforestACTION!

    TakingITGlobal is excited to announce the launch of Shout, a multi-year environmental education program, run in collaboration with Microsoft and Smithsonian Institution. The Shout program will utilize technology to help students explore, connect and act to address some of the world's most pressing environmental issues, with an initial focus on land. In the first Global Action, DeforestACTION, you can take part in an initiative to re-claim native forests that are at risk of destruction and exploitation for the production of palm oil. Did you know that when you eat foods that contain non-sustainably harvested palm oil, you could contribute to the destruction of forests? Take a look at some DeforestACTION videos to see why TIG is urging you to get involved, and see how some students have already contributed to the project. Check out the Shout web site to learn more, including dates for upcoming web events featuring Smithsonian experts!


  • TakingITGlobal Dispatch 10.3: International Year of Youth

    TakingITGlobal Dispatch 10.3: International Year of Youth

    In December 2009, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming 2010-2011 as the International Year of Youth. The year started officially on August 12, International Youth Day, and will actually coincide with the 25th anniversary of the first International Youth Year in 1985. Let TakingITGlobal help you start the celebration! Join our featured blog and share what you're doing to inspire change with other TIG members! Check out our newly published 2009 Annual Report for more about TIG's youth programs:


  • TakingITGlobal Dispatch 10.2: Intercultural Dialogue

    TakingITGlobal Dispatch 10.2: Intercultural Dialogue

    "They say that you can't truly learn a language without immersing yourself in its culture. The same can be said the other way around, you cannot truly experience a culture, without knowing the language". May 21 was the World Day of Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. We invite you to join the dialogue through our multilingual blog contest.


  • TakingITGlobal Dispatch 10.1: Global Citizenship

    TakingITGlobal Dispatch 10.1: Global Citizenship

    2010 has been declared the International Year of Biodiversity by the United Nations. Join in on celebrating the value of biodiversity, we rely on it to provide us with food, fuel, medicine and much more which we cannot live without. Get involved; learn more, speak out, and take action to help safeguard what is vital to sustaining life on OUR Earth.


  • 9.3: Substance Abuse


  • 9.2: Intercultural Dialogue


  • 9.1: Dispatch Relaunched


  • 8.7: Sexuality


  • 8.6: Sports and Fitness


  • 8.4: Freedom of Expression


  • 8.3: Genocide


  • 8.2: Women's Rights


  • 8.1: Corporate Social Responsibility


  • 7.10: HIV/AIDS


  • 7.9: Climate Change


  • 7.7: Peace, Conflict and Governance


  • 7.6: Human Rights and Equity


  • 7.5: Work and Economics


  • 7.4: Environment and Urbanization


  • 7.3: Culture and Identity


  • 7.2: Learning and Education


  • 7.1: Welcome to 2007!


  • 6.7: TIG and AIDS 2006


  • 6.6: TIG Podcasts and Toronto AIDS Conference


  • 6.4: New Features and Urban Issues!


  • 6.2: Disability, Two Surveys and More Ways to Make Change!


  • 6.1: Your Rights, Your Participation in 2006


  • 5.12: TIG Membership Topples 100,000


  • 5.11: TIG and the World Summit on the Information Society


  • 5.10: Safe and Sound


  • 5.8: TIG Turns 5, Unveils Version 5


  • 5.7: Food for Thought!


  • 5.6: Eat It Up!


  • 5.5: Old Friends and New Beginnings


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