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TakingITGlobal Proudly Presents:
The TakingITGlobal Dispatch!
For the month of December 2004 (Volume 4.12)
In this issue:
1 -> Welcome to the Dispatch
2 -> Monthly Theme: HIV/AIDS
3 -> Global Gallery: AIDS Art
4 -> Panorama HIV/AIDS Writings
5 -> Country Sites: Uganda and Egypt
6 -> Open Forums: Discussion on HIV/AIDS
7 -> Discussion Boards: New Guidelines & Election in the Ukraine
8 -> TIG Russia
9 -> TIG in Arabic 
10-> TIGed: Calling all Teachers
11-> e-Translators
12-> GG Contest Winners: "A Dream Job"
13-> Wrap-Up
++ 1. Welcome to the Dispatch ++
December is here and it's time for the last Dispatch of 2004! The format
is still familiar, but be prepared for a new Dispatch in the new year. We at
TakingITGlobal, find ourselves in the midst of change in a number of areas. We
are enhancing our linguistic outreach by launching TIG in Arabic; we are
re-developing our standards and features for the popular discussion boards; and
technically, we are in the process of a site revamp. In the middle of all this,
we are also trying to come to terms with the global crisis that is HIV/AIDS. More
than ever, HIV/AIDS awareness is crucial. We invite you to gain an in-depth
understanding of the epidemic by becoming familiar with the monthly theme for
December and January.
In Friendship,
The TakingITGlobal Team
PS: TakingITGlobal recently conducted a survey on Rural Youth in Ontario and
had the opportunity to present results and recommendations at the Ontario Rural
Council's Leading Through Change conference.  If you are interested in seeing the
results and recommendations, go to: http://research.takingitglobal.org/ruralyouth
Thank you to our survey respondents for your participation!
++ 2. Bi-Monthly Theme: HIV/AIDS ++
December 1st is World AIDS Day. Join us as we recognize the impact of HIV/AIDS
on our world. Find interactive media, articles, artwork, and information resources
at: http://www.takingitglobal.org/themes/hivaids
Our theme on HIV/AIDS will be featured throughout December and January. TIG is
testing out a new format, one theme every 2 months, which we hope will bring fuller
participation in our online and offline components. What do you think? Give us your
feedback at: http://www.takingitglobal.org/discuss/forumdisplay.html?s=&forumid=2383
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++ 3. Global Gallery: AIDS Art ++
Every 15 seconds one young person is infected with HIV. 15 seconds. A few blinks
of an eye. A leaf falling from a tree. A cloud passing above our heads. Meeting
someone who will change your life. This month the Global Gallery aims to raise
awareness around HIV/AIDS by reflecting on the smaller emotions that make everyday
life grand. A life can change forever in 15 seconds.
From December 1st to January 31st, submit images to the GG contest that represent
fragments of life in 15 seconds: http://gallery.takingitglobal.org/contest
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In conjunction with the theme on HIV and AIDS, Global Gallery has teamed up with
the TeenNet project to provide an online space to present Global Youth Voices. The
initiative uses art and stories to express how we see our world and what we want to
do about it. It asks, how does HIV affect young people? Groups of young people in
Vietnam, Mozambique, Slovenia, Costa Rica, Egypt and Canada are using artwork to
explore how they see HIV, in terms of their physical, emotional and social health.
You can visit the collection at: http://www.takingitglobal.org/express/gallery/artwork/collections.html?collectionID=601&type=partner
++ 4. Panorama: HIV/AIDS Writings ++
There are 39.4 million people living with HIV/AIDS. Unbelievably, 3.1 million
people died of AIDS in 2004. And now, half of new HIV infections are youth under
25. The enormity of HIV/AIDS can be difficult to comprehend.
You know the staggering statistics, now what do you do? How about putting those
feelings into words? Journal writing is an excellent and personal method, but
sometimes it helps to share your thoughts with others. Don't deal with the
feelings alone -- come to Panorama. Read the stories submitted by our members, and
be brave enough to share your thoughts with us too. Educate and show others the
pockets of hope that exist in HIV/AIDS.
Contribute your articles to Panorama throughout the month of December.
++ 5. Country Sites ++
Featured Site: Uganda -- HIV Prevalence Down
Did you know that the adult HIV prevalence rate has been DECLINING in Uganda
while much of Africa still continues to experience an increase in AIDS deaths
and new HIV infections? The HIV prevalence rate was estimated at 4.1% for men
and women aged 15-49 at the end of 2003.* During the month of December, as TIG
members get informed about one the major global challenges of our day, TIG will
be featuring the Uganda country site: http://uganda.takingitglobal.org
* UNAIDS 2004 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic and UNAIDS/WHO Epidemiological Fact
Sheet - 2004 Update.
Featured Site: Egypt -- Launch of TIG in Arabic And as we all know, TIG's multilingual
capabilities keep on expanding...during the second half of December, we will also be
featuring the Egypt Country Site as TIG's online community welcomes all Arabic speakers
of Egypt and the world! Visit: http://egypt.takingitglobal.org
++ 6. Open Forums: Discussion on HIV/AIDS ++
Looking for an opportunity to discuss, network and take action around the HIV/AIDS
pandemic? Togo plans to host an Open Forum on the issue of street children against
AIDS. Check it out (in French) at: http://www.takingitglobal.org/action/openforums/current.html
Participate or organize an Open Forum in your country by submitting a proposal at:
++ 7.  Discussion Boards: "Play Nice" ++
The discussion boards at TakingITGlobal are a stimulating place to be. Members
are encouraged to engage in insightful discussion on issues that matter to them.
To maintain the respectful atmosphere intended of the discussion boards, we have
revised the guidelines, the rules of play, so that everyone feels that they can be
an active participant. Before your next post, read these: http://www.takingitglobal.org/discuss/
Current Events Board: Struggle for Democracy in the Ukraine
For days, we have seen political drama in Ukraine after elections held last month were
disputed by the opposition. What do you think? Join TIG members from Ukraine as well as
Russia, Georgia and around the world as they discuss the situation, tactics and outcomes.
++ 8. TIG Russia ++
On December 14, 2004, co-founders of TakingITGlobal, Jennifer Corriero and Michael
Furdyk, will launch TIG's pilot project in Moscow, Russia.  The project, Creating
Local Connections: Russian Youth Online, has started in Russia in the summer of 2004.
Among the recent accomplishments of the project is the partnership with a youth-led
newspaper Akzia, the Workshop on Youth Entrepreneurship organized by TIG in Moscow,
and the presentation of the Theatre of Tolerance project, a youth-led initiative
supported by TIG.
The official launch of the CLC Russia will take place in Moscow at the conference
Youth and Volunteerism, which TIG is co-hosting with two Russian organizations. Active
TIG Russia members will be invited to attend the event and participate in the Open Forum
on innovative youth projects led by Jennifer and Mike.
Interested in participating? Email TIG Russian National Coordinator: irina@takignitglobal.org
++ 9. TIG in English, French, Spanish, Russian...and Arabic! ++
Now you can submit content to the TIG website in Arabic! Voice your opinions
and concerns; publish your events, projects, and organizations, and more!
Celebrations are taking place in Egypt for the launch on the 5th of December.
Visit: http://www.takingitglobal.org/opps/event.html?eventid=6044
Special thanks to the Arabic translation team, the Multilingual team, various
organizations in the Middle East, and the TIG Tech team for making TIG in Arabic
a reality! If you would like to learn more on how to submit content, please contact
Eman Ebed at eman@takingitglobal.org
++ 10. Calling All Teachers! ++
Have you been using TakingITGlobal in your classes? Would you like to? Would
you like to try out our new tool for education users, TIGed? If you answered
yes to any of those questions, consider signing up for our "TIG in the Classroom"
group, by going to http://groups.takingitglobal.org/TIGintheClass, or sending an
email to TIGintheClass-subscribe@takingitglobal.org. The group is a place for
teachers to discuss classroom activities, potential collaborations between classes,
and how to use TIG and TIGed effectively in an educational setting. If you have
any questions, feel free to contact Luke Walker at luke@takingitglobal.org
++ 11. Thanks to all e-Translators! ++
TIG would like to extend a BIG THANK YOU to its e-translators for all their
work on the monthly theme for November:
Spanish: Gabriela Altilio, Andrea Caceres, Lizouli Millán, Gabriela Molina,
Damián Profeta, Ada Ruth Sandoval, and Luciana Del Gizzo.
French: Tahina Lantosoa Rabezanahary, Boris Bouquerel, Manel Jaziri, Sylvie
Niombo, Marouen Mraihi.
Russian: Tatyana Popova
Interested in joining our team of e-translators? Email TIG at: multilingual@takingitglobal.org
++ 12. Global Gallery Contest Winners: "A Dream Job" ++
Last month the Global Gallery ran a contest entitled "A Dream Job." Here are
the winners:
"Temporal Time" by Henry from Peru
"Painting Scenes from Around the World" by Florence from the United Kingdom
"Heart of Artist" by Kouji from Peru
"Dream Job: Sky High" by Tinna from the United States
++ 13. Wrap Up ++
Your interest, support and involvement with TakingITGlobal helps our
community to grow and encourage more young people to become inspired,
informed and involved everyday! Thank you for being a member with the
vision of positive change! Your work makes a difference!
In friendship,
The TakingITGlobal Team
The TakingITGlobal Dispatch is the official newsletter of TakingITGlobal,
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