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Dispatch 5.6
June 2005
"Eat It Up"
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Introducing the Dispatch

If there is one thing that people from different backgrounds have in common, it's a love for their favorite food! For the months of June and July, you will have the opportunity to interact with a topic that everyone has something to say about. With our Monthly Theme on "Food", we encourage you to think about food with an open mind, reflect on your own habits, and also take action against world hunger - an injustice that you can help fight. Check out the Global Gallery and Panorama for more ways to get involved.

Also in this issue, information on how to get youth to the UN, an activist's survey, a call for submissions to a new publication on language and violence, and finally, the winners of 'Russia Through the Eyes of Youth' art contest.

In Friendship,

The TakingITGlobal Team

p.s. Don't forget to 'Walk the World' in your city and raise awareness for child hunger on June 12, 2005! http://www.fighthunger.org
MDGs: Global Gallery Contest Winners


Tightrope to the Future
by Katherine Mann
United States


Enjoying the Gift of Life
by Paul Ssendagire

Future Vision
by Marinos
The Netherlands

Empty Eternity
by Eva Miller
United States

CLC Russia:
Art Contest Winners

After two months of work on creating an online collection for the art contest, Russia through the Eyes of Youth and selecting the best artwork out of 1500 contest submissions, we are pleased to announce the winners in each of the four contest categories.

Winner, "Photography":
Vasiliy Churanov (Smolensk)

Winner, "Painting":
Galina Lopacheva (Moscow)

Winner, "Computer Graphics":
Ivan Solyaev (Irkutsk)

Winner, "Flash Animation":
Ilya Nikitin (Tolyatti)

You can view the complete list of winners and runner-ups: click here!

We would like to thank Microsoft Russia, Kaspersky Lab and newspaper Akzia for providing wonderful prizes for the contest!


Monthly Theme: Food

The World Food Programme and Walk the World have partnered with TakingITGlobal to bring you the 'Food' Monthly Theme!

What is your relationship to food? All of us need it, some of us grow it, many of us cook it, but how many question it? TakingITGlobal's monthly theme is your opportunity to learn about important food topics like hunger, genetically modified foods, nutrition, vegetarianism, water, and more. Celebrate food, by sharing your personal stories and views, photographs, not to mention your recipes! Plus, find out ways to put your knowledge and concern into action. From small actions you can take in your own life, to larger strategies - celebrate, reflect and act on TakingITGlobal's Monthly Theme on Food. Click here!

Language as Violence, Violence as Language

TakingITGlobal and UNESCO invite you to contribute to a special creative publication through the submission of images and creative writings that interpret and express violence as a feeling, as language, and that explore alternative languages to violence. A limited selection of submissions will be chosen for the publication which will be produced in print and also made available online.

The goals of the publication are to spotlight the manifold forms of violence that young people encounter, perceive, and express in their daily social environment with the ultimate aim of actively exploring and developing 'alternative languages to violence.' The primary objective is therefore to shed some light on the multiple dimensions of the causes, contents, nature, and consequences of violence(s). A vital step within this challenge is the understanding of the issues. Issues that are complex often lead to a difficult dialogue, with the overcoming of barriers as the first step in meeting the challenge of understanding people of different races, cultures, ethnicities, gender and backgrounds.

For further information please click here!


Transnational Youth Activism is one of the most striking current examples of globalization's human networks. Increasing numbers of activists work in transnational advocacy networks that involve activists outside as well as inside the organizers' nations of origin. This study is being sponsored by Mica Pollock of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education in collaboration with the Global Youth Action Network and TakingITGlobal. It will boost the visibility of young people as actors in new and growing social movements that cross national boundaries and will ultimately strengthen our joint work. Please pass the opportunity on to others. Click here!

Youth Delegates at the UN

Is your country sending a youth delegate to the UN General Assembly?

This year marks an important year for young people at the United Nations: In the 60th Session of the General Assembly the situation of young people around the world will be reviewed, as well as the achievements attained in the implementation of the World Program of Action for Youth (WPAY) ten years after its adoption. But who can review the situation of young people better than young people themselves? The UN General Assembly has already recommended three times that Member States include a youth representative in their delegations, but unfortunately still only a few countries do so. You can find out if your country is sending a youth delegate by visiting the website of the UN Youth Program. Click here!

You can also find useful information there on how to become a youth delegate if your country is one of those that do not have a program to select youth delegates.

TakingITGlobal joins the Russian e-development partnership

In order to expand the project on youth participation through the use of ICTs implemented by TIG and partners in Russia, TIG joined the Russian e-development partnership (PRIOR). PRIOR is a coalition of organizations whose goal it is to facilitate dynamic and comprehensive development of the information society and to build the knowledge economy in Russia.

We look forward to working with PRIOR around youth engagement in the development of the information society in Russia. For more information on PRIOR click here! (English version is available)

Global Gallery Contest "We Are What You Eat"

Everybody knows that you are what you eat - that what you consume doesn't only affect your wallet and your consciousness, it affects your health and well-being. Yet what you eat also impacts the world around you, and touches us all. The food we eat influences the environment around us, the air we breathe, the water we drink, the fields we run on, our economies,governmental policies, the way we share with others, the lives of workers and consumers alike. It's not just about nutrition and consumption, it's also about the people around you, everyday friends and invisible faraway faces without names.

Every time we eat, we are sharing our meals with many many people, well beyond those sitting at our table.

This month the Global Gallery invites you to create images representing the impact of what we eat; images of how you share your food with others, images of influence on the the massive world around us and of impact on our everyday experiences, and images showing how our world is affected and changing, in positive or negative ways, because of our eating habits. Click here!

Panorama Online Magazine

Food is the lifeblood of human existence. Without it we become weak, inert, demoralized; Hunger and malnutrition permeate the planet. While some go without, others sustain their livelihoods by its production. And even others rarely think about where there food comes from; it is always just readily available. Despite these extremes, food is primarily a unifer. People learn about one another through the sharing of food. Appreciation for difference is cultivated too.

Read these intelligent articles submitted by TIG members and submit your own for a chance to be featured in this issue during the months of June and July. Click here!

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 more than 83,000 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.