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TakingITGlobal Proudly Presents:
The TakingITGlobal Dispatch!
For the month of June 2004 (Volume 4.6)
In this Issue:
1 -> Welcome to the Dispatch 
2 -> Monthly Theme: Living Languages 
3 -> Launch of TakingITGlobal.org in French and Spanish 
4 -> Global Gallery Revamp 
5 -> Global Gallery Contest: “Communicate - Talk to each other” 
6 -> Global Gallery Contest Winners: “Walls” 
7 -> Panorama: Check it out! 
8 -> Featured Country Sites: Tunisia and Argentina 
9 -> Young Canadians TakingITGlobal 
10 -> Strategic Planning @ TIG 
11 -> 2004 GYAN Youth in Action Awards 
12 -> Wrap Up
++ 1. Welcome to the Dispatch ++ 
Welcome to TakingITGlobal's Dispatch for the month of June! In this issue,
we introduce the monthly theme on "Living Languages" to correspond with the launch
of the TakingITGlobal.org community in French and Spanish!
Also included in this issue is the Global Gallery Revamp and Contest, the
launch of Intersections, a new issue of Panorama, Featured Country Sites, TIG's
International Internship Program, and the 2004 Global Youth in Action Awards and
the launch of Intersections.  Read on, and stay connected!
In Friendship,
The TakingITGlobal Team
++ 2. Monthly Theme: Living Languages ++ 
In this month's theme of "Living Languages," we explore languages as living,
evolving entities whose impact is felt far beyond simple communication.  Members
from each major region offer the soundtrack of languages as power, education, cultural
diversity, technology and the future.  Linguistic diversity is central to our living
heritage.  The evolution of language is not something that happens "out there," as
each one of us can control its destiny.  For the first time in TIG's history, the theme
will be offered in French and Spanish.  So debate the theme in our multilingual discussion
boards, submit art in the Global Gallery contest, read more in Panorama and translate the
TIG site in your own language through our unique translation tool.  Language is power;
language is culture; language is life.
Visit the theme page: http://www.takingitglobal.org/themes/languages
++ 3. Launch of TakingITGlobal.org in French and Spanish! ++ 
The TakingITGlobal community has been working hard for many months toward
the June launch of our site in French and Spanish, in our mission to open the
world of TIG to more young people around the world.  We'd like to extend our thanks
and recognition to French translators Martial Motcho, Rim Nour, Marouen Mraihi, Kossi
Ogoubi, Amel Laouini, Gina Létourneau and Marcelle Priso led by Alex Fielding, and
Spanish translators Melina Laboucan-Massimo, Iker Azkue Lete and others led by Damian
Profeta.  Amidst all the talk of linguistic diversity on the Internet, TakingITGlobal
is making it a reality after countless hours of hard work by many dedicated members and
Check out TakingITGlobal in French at http://fr.takingitglobal.org and in Spanish
at http://es.takingitglobal.org
++ 4. Global Gallery Revamp ++ 
TakingITGlobal has revamped the Global Gallery! The new Gallery aims to
pursue higher quality standards that showcase the talent of young artists worldwide
in more creative and effective ways. It aims to better reflect the vision of the
program as a platform for global artistic expression that:
- promotes cross-cultural understanding and dialogue 
- raises awareness around major global challenges 
- promotes deep thinking (and feeling) through creative media 
- showcases personal interpretations and the talent of young people through an
open and shared space that creates opportunities for artists
New features include Individual Artist Pages, where you can manage your own
exhibits and artwork, and the new "Intersections" initiative, a program that explores
the meaning of crossroads through diverse expressive mediums.
Visit the new gallery at http://gallery.takingitglobal.org
++ 5. Global Gallery Contest: "Communicate – Talk to each other" ++ 
Words blend, sounds clash, cultures, different signs and meanings meet
in the air. They all combine, become one sound. One language.  At times we
celebrate in harmony. In other moments we battle. There is the vital need to
balance, preserve, and value diversity within a society that is to be pluralistic.
Pluralism as the foundation of freedom and justice.
Interpret PLURALISM in an image.
++ 6. Global Gallery Contest Winners: "Walls" ++ 
Last month the Global Gallery ran a contest entitled "Walls". Here are
the winners:
"These Weary Eyes" by Kayla Greathouse from the United Kingdom 
"The Wall Between Me and You" by Yara Kassem from Egypt 
"Breaking Through" by Julianne Kline from Canada 
"Division" by Kouji Oshiro Kochi from Peru 
Congratulations to our winners and thank you to everyone who participated.
Check out this month's contest at http://gallery.takingitglobal.org
++ 7. Panorama Online Publication ++ 
Panorama's June 2004 issue is centered on the theme of Languages with
articles in English, French, Spanish and Bangla.  Fundamental to communication
and cultural expression, they also determine worldviews and ways of meaning-making;
statistics like “one language disappears on average every two weeks” are particularly
alarming in this light.  The extinction of languages is both an effect and cause of
cultural hegemony, which is why language has always been a site of power struggles.
What are ways in which technology can help preserve linguistic diversity? What language
do you speak? Can we understand each other?
Read more at http://panorama.takingitglobal.org
++ 8. Featured Country Sites: Tunisia and Argentina ++ 
TakingITGlobal is working hard to make the Country Sites better and easier
for you to use! We are finding new organizations and events so you can find more
opportunities within your country effortlessly. You can help to make your Country
Site shine by submitting your artwork to be shown in your Global Gallery Country
Collection and adding your unique views in articles and poems to be featured on
the site. For more information as to how, please check out http://local.takingitglobal.org/guide.
In June we will feature the country sites of Tunisia and Argentina on the TIG main
page, corresponding with the launch of our French and Spanish site.  If you have any
questions, Please email us at: countries@takingitglobal.org
Check it out at http://connect.takingitglobal.org
++ 9. Young Canadians TakingITGlobal ++ 
For six or eight months, starting late this June, seven young Canadians
will participate in TakingITGlobal international internships, through the
Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs. These young people will work on strengthening
youth participation in key international activities, based in Toronto and hosted
by our partners in New York (GYAN), Boston (Youth Employment Summit), Ottawa (Volunteer
Services Overseas), Paris (UNESCO), Rome (Digital Youth Consortium), London (Peace Child)
and Sydney (Oxfam International Youth Parliament). We are thrilled to welcome Jill Mills,
Regina Skerjanec, Meaghon Dunphy, Lindsey Higgs, Maria Sterniczuk, Eman Ebed, and Rohan
Belliappa to TIG!
For more, visit http://interns.takingitglobal.org
++ 10. Strategic Planning @ TIG ++ 
This month, TakingITGlobal has launched a new forum aimed at better
understanding how we work which will contribute to our strategic planning
process. We are doing a 'SWOT' analysis of our organization, which stands for
Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. We are asking all members to
contribute to these forums, as it will help us better understand what we are doing
well, what we could work on and what more we can offer our members.
You can contribute at any time from June 1st to June 15th right here:
++ 11. 2004 Global Youth In Action Awards!  ++ 
GYAN invites applications for these 1,000 USD awards which are intended
to recognize and support positive youth action in communities around the world.
With a grant from the Shei'rah Foundation, this year's awards program particularly
seek to recognize youth-initiated projects that take a new approach to problem-solving.
Albert Einstein stated that today's problems cannot be solved with the same thinking
that created them, and we want to highlight innovative ways that youth are addressing
issues in their community. Awards are given to projects initiated by youth, and
preference is given to projects less than two years old and initiated by one or
more youth under the age of 25 at the time of the launch. Projects must be submitted
by the youth initiator and have already created measurable results in their community
to qualify. Deadline is July 1, 2004.  Apply on-line at http://www.takingitglobal.org/action/yiaa.html
++ 12. 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!
In friendship,
The TakingITGlobal Team 
The TakingITGlobal Dispatch is the official newsletter of TakingITGlobal,
electronically published via email, and compiled from various events and news
from within the TakingITGlobal network. Contributions should be sent to dispatch@takingitglobal.org.
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