The 7iber Workshop Begins

السبت 02 آب 2008

Today we launched our very first workshop; the first of (hopefully) many in the days, months and years to come. The idea is not to dictate or “teach” or “train” anyone in citizen media, but rather to achieve a few objectives. The first is to briefly introduce people to blogs, especially young Jordanians that may not much about them. The second is to inspire a conversation; a debate, a conversation about all things citizen media. The third, and perhaps unplanned, is to plant a few seeds in young minds about freedom of speech and freedom of expression in the digital age. The simple idea that technology, be it a blog or a nokia phone, can be used to express a thought or an idea.

We won’t pretend to know everything about the subject, but between the five 7iber member team as well as other guest stars such as Wael Atilli and Mohammad Qaq, there is enough experience in the room to introduce the subject, inspire the conversation, and plant those seeds.

Meanwhile, I have to admit that this first “workshop” is just that: our first. We are learning and fine-tuning and everyone involved today is part of this “experiment” and unknowingly helping us evolve.

We’ll be live blogging and keeping you all up to date on what we’re doing.

And so we begin.