In rural regions of China today, there are more than 400,000 elementary and secondary schools, almost all of which are suffering from notorious shortages of personnel, textbooks and other teaching materials. “1kg more” deals with this problem in a way that is as uncomplicated as it is unusual. This wiki doesn’t just call attention to existing shortcomings; it also calls upon travelers to China to pack just one more kilo into their luggage—desperately needed teaching material—and to deliver it where it’s needed. “1kg more” thus makes simple yet effective use of the quotidian mobility of an enormous number of people, and has this quickly made it China’s fastest growing and most effectively networked NGO. Now, it’s being honored with the 2008 Golden Nica in the Digital Communities category.
AWARDS OF DISTINCTION
PatientsLikeMe is a website serving chronically ill men and women all over the world. The diagnosis and the course an illness takes, treatment methods and their success are documented here in detail, whereby each patient sketches his/her own illness profile, which is then made available to all other fellow-sufferers. PatientsLikeMe also hosts numerous discussion forums designed to enable patients to engage in mutual exchange. PatientsLikeMe thus combines information offerings with social interaction.
Global Voices Online
In this age of a globalized communications society, there are simply no events or issues that do not become the subject of commentary by millions of critics worldwide. It’s impossible to pay heed to them all. Global Voices is the attempt to channel this permanently swelling flood of information. Here, an international team of bloggers seeks out and comments on all the information that is sufficiently newsworthy to merit such treatment—especially when these stories aren’t being sufficiently played up by establishment mass media.
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