Friday, November 12, 2010

Great Lakes Blogchat: Collective Intelligence Is King

Recently I started the blogtalkradio show "Great Lakes Blogchat" on developments in the great lakes region. Together with Nkunda Rwanda of the blog  "Cry for freedom in Rwanda"  and  Jean-Christophe Nizeyimana of the blog "survivors network", we started climbing a steep learning curve. Adjusting to blogtalkradio takes time, but we have allready managed in four episodes to engage in a coherent discussion on recent developments concerning Victoire Ingabire's trial, the imminent internet boom in Africa, collaboration among great lakes bloggers. The possibilities of mobile wordpress. We even touched on the ideas of  economists such as William Easterly, Lawrence Harrison and Jeffrey Sachs.

I intend to get in touch with more great "great lakes bloggers" , individuals who have views on development projects, on democracy, on art, who do standup comedy or just want to blow of steam. I have to confess t's great to be back on radio (this blog started as a radio show). I have a dream that we can move above and beyond great content. That one day this blog will no longer be judged by it's content, but by it's catalysing effect on collaboration among an ever growing community of great "great lakes bloggers" which will eventually lead to the Holy Grail of any digital activist or online marketeer: collective intelligence!!

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