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Dispatch 5.12
December 2005
"TIG Membership Topples 100,000!"
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Introducing the Dispatch

Excitement was high in the Toronto office as all eyes were on the growing five figure number on the homepage. With our visiting board of directors looking on, young and old(er) alike were restless with anticipation. Why all the fuss? On the afternoon of December 2, our 100,000th member joined the TIG online community! With a year of many milestones under our belt -including TIG's 5th Birthday- we have to thank you, the members, for your sustained interest in our community. On the topic of "sustainable communities," we want you to check out our latest Featured Theme on Urban Sustainability through the very cool World Urban Café web portal. Read more about the Theme page here, along with many other exciting new projects already underway!

Wishing you and your loved ones health and happiness wherever you are,

The TakingITGlobal Team

"Virtual Citizenship, Real Safety" Global Gallery Contest Winners:


World Wide Portal
by Nishess Shakya


Cyber Crime
by Daniel Brophy
United States

The Cost of Living. Virtually.
by Cherrie Kong
New Zealand

Hacking... Online Security
by Yara Kassem

Featured Theme: Urban Sustainability and the World Urban Café

In preparation for the World Urban Forum III next June, TakingITGlobal and Environmental Youth Alliance present the World Urban Café! Featuring the music of socially aware artists Ani DiFranco and K'naan, you can find information, take action, be creative and communicate now on critical urban issues at the World Urban Café. As cities around the world face rapid urbanization, young people must be active agents in re-visioning city planning to become more sustainable and just. Share your views and learn more about the issues on local and global scale. Connect with your urban environment at the World Urban Café!

Go to the Theme page today! Click here!

Introducing TIG Xpress

TakingITGlobal launched TIG Xpress-HIV/AIDS on December 1, 2005 at a World AIDS Day Breakfast. TIG-Xpress uses photographic analysis to undertake HIV/AIDS education based on social justice, transnational communication and global solidarity between youth. The images were created by participants in TIG-Xpress initial Toronto-based workshop series as part of broader strategy to produce a toolkit for use in Canadian Schools set to be released in June 2006. The World AIDS Breakfast was a partnership with Business Professional Women of Canada and Voices of Positive Women. It also featured the official launch of the Canadian Blueprint for Action on Women and AIDS.

Thank you to everyone that was able to make the World AIDS Breakfast (especially the youth invitees and TIG members). Click here!

AIDS: Picture Change Launch

TakingITGlobal is a lead partner in a new initiative call AIDS: Picture Change that was launched at Canterbury High School in Ottawa on December 1, 2005. AIDS: Picture Change is a multimedia exhibition that will travel to Canadian high schools and universities. The launch was organized by Canterbury High School, and featured poetry, music and drama.

The poem "Take My Hand, Divided" was written by Chelsie Smith:

Tomorrow may be another day,
Today must still be conquered
Stay her, next to me,
Let's dodge this bullet together

New Project: Cross-Canada Mapping of Youth-led Initiatives

Are you part of (or do you know of) any Canadian youth-led or highly youth-engaged initiatives? Would you be interested in participating in the Open Forums and capacity building workshops?

With support from The McConnell Family Foundation, TakingITGlobal is currently operating a dual capacity building and research project with a focus on youth-led initiatives in Canada. The goal of the project is to assess the needs and to build capacity of youth-led groups across Canada by introducing them to the web-based tools and collaborative technologies provided by the TakingITGlobal Canadian portal: http://projects.tigweb.org/mapping.

All workshops will be held in the month of January 2006 in: Vancouver, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, St. John, and Halifax. We would greatly appreciate your insight and support! Contact the Research Team at: mapping@takingitglobal.org

WSIS, Tunisia: One Great Summit

TIG had a key role (and a good time!) in creating a youth presence at the World Summit on the Information Society Phase II in Tunisia last month. TIG staff and members were able to raise awareness on issues such as youth empowerment through ICTs, online safety and security, and youth and the digital divide. We were also able to conduct workshops, participate in panels, announce new partnerships, host youth hub visitors, present youth awards and even manage to get coverage in international media. The summit proved to be an excellent team-builder and re-energizer for the work that lies ahead.

Online Safety Theme Celebrated at WSIS

TIG's Online Safety Day at the World Summit on the Information Society, presented in partnership with Microsoft, brought the issues of online safety and security to the forefront for conference delegates. As with any community, discussion around the future of the Internet as a global community has to focus on maintaining a safe space for the exchange of ideas. To find out more about issues we discussed, from intellectual property to computer security to cyber bullying, visit our featured theme on Online Safety & Security. click here

Panorama Current Issue: Urban Life

Our current issue on Urban Sustainability is a collection of writings on everything from the youth riots in France, community resource management, hip hop culture, curfews on youth in cities, and public transportation in developing countries. After reading, you can post a comment on any article you read. Feel like expressing yourself on urban life too? Then write and submit your work to Panorama...see you in there! We invite you to read articles from the current issue: click here.

Questions? editorial@takingitglobal.org

Global Gallery Current Contests

Contest: Global Gallery Contest: Frame Your City

A city is an infinite collage of spaces that are constantly in transit and motion. Gaps often go unnoticed and build a new landscape that is blurry and out of focus. The 'urban' lives and breathes in between these gaps, relations between places and people, that also often go unnoticed. It is all periphery put in focus only by our gaze, as citizens or travelers, within and through a city. Our gaze is the only true epicenter of a city.

The aim of our current contest is to put your city into focus - to literally frame a space, a gap, a place, a person, an issue and people - with the objective of capturing that one fragment that for you reflects the feeling and essence of a city. Your submission can be any medium (e.g. photograph, painting, drawing, digital graphic manipulation).
Go to the Gallery.

Featured Country Site: China

Do you know that TIG's web site is now available in Chinese? This became possible thanks to the amazing work of our team of Chinese e-translators who completed the translation in a record time. This month we invite you to take a virtual tour of the China Country Site which has over 300 members. Check out recent art work and articles from China! See you at china.tigweb.org

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! In being a member of TakingITGlobal, you are part of a community that is 100,000 strong coming from over 250 countries and territories. Thank you for having a vision of positive change. Your work makes a difference!

In friendship,

The TakingITGlobal Team

Copyright 2005 TakingITGlobal

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. Please include your full name, age, and your TIG username.