Beth Kanter Recaps E-Mediat Networking Conference in Jordan

E-Mediat curricula designer and trainer, Beth Kanter led the Networking Conference in Jordan on March 20th and 21st. For those who missed the fun, here is a recap from Beth. This post was originally published on Beth Kanter’s Blog.

 
I’m here at the Dead Sea in Jordan where I delivered the key note for the E-mediat Networking Conference, “New Media for the Networked NGO.” The conference marked the end of an 18-month capacity building program that trained more than 220 NGOs in Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia on how to use social media effectively to advance civil society.

Beth presents HRH Princess Rym Ali from Jordan the Networked Nonprofit

Beth presents HRH Princess Rym Ali from Jordan the Networked Nonprofit

The New Media for the Networked NGO Networking Conference provided NGOs who participated in the E-Mediat program the opportunity to come together to share best practices, successes, challenges and lessons learned from their use of social media to effectively advance their organization’s work. This conference showcased the impressive work of the participant NGOs as well as introduced to them more advanced social media topics such as content curation, measurement, and integrated content strategy. Continue reading

New Media for Networked NGO: E-Mediat Networking Conference

Heather Ramsey, Director, Strategic Partnerships and Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives, shares her excitement for the upcoming Networking Conference

Training of Trainers, Beirut, February 2011

Training of Trainers, Beirut, February 2011

Our team spread from San Francisco to Amman, Rabat, Beirut, and Tunis are enthusiastically preparing for our upcoming conferences to be held at the Dead Sea in Jordan and in Fez, Morocco in March. We are thrilled that Beth Kanter, co-author of The Networked Nonprofit and master curriculum developer and trainer for the E-Mediat program will lead both conferences along with our local teams. For the E-Mediat leadership teams, partners, trainers, participant NGOs, the conferences will be a great opportunity to meet face-to-face and share their successes and challenges. Continue reading

Looking Back at 2011

As 2011 draws to a close, E-Mediat teams in Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia reflect back at the trainings and experiences that made this year so special!

Nada Hamzeh, E-Mediat Country Director, Lebanon

Mobile Strategy Workshop, Lebanon

Mobile Strategy Workshop, Lebanon

Five basic workshops and more than three additional workshops connected us with over 50 organizations in Lebanon and the trainings were instrumental in introducing them to the strategy of using social media. We started our work by changing the commonly views about networking, social communication and outreach strategy among local organizations.
Time was shorter than the content but we accepted the challenge because we realized that the need for this training was much larger than our challenges. Our first achievement was deleting the word “new” from the New Media Training. We believe that social media has become an essential need for organizations and not just another option; social media is the core of any organizations mainstream communications strategy rather than an auxiliary medium. We are glad that during the past year the E-Mediat trainings inspired many organizations to experiment with participatory communication approach and led to some impressive changes on the ground. Continue reading

Building Networks and Nurturing Causes through E-Mediat Trainings

Stacey Ramirez, Program Officer, Global Partnerships, Institute of Internal Education, recaps her recent visit to Jordan.

Fatima Zein

Fatima Zein

“Impressive” is the word that first comes to mind when I think of the almost 50 non-governmental organizations involved in the E-Mediat program in Jordan, whom I and Heather Murphy, Sr. Program Officer at IIE, recently had the great honor of speaking with during our visit in December. All in all I met with the majority of organizations that have attended the E-Mediat sessions in Madaba, Mafraq and Zarqa since May 2011. Some travel two or three hours from rural areas, others are doing remarkable work in dense urban centers. They’re advancing women’s rights, empowerment and entrepreneurship, developing leadership skills, working with the poor and marginalized, and promoting health awareness and disease prevention. Quite compelling are the groups focusing on youth. In a country where more than 70% of the population is under 30, and 35% is under 14 years of age, working to build youth confidence, education and leadership skills is imperative. Continue reading