Monday, 6 October 2008

Surprising Africa

Last week during Picnic 2008 in Amsterdam SICA organized with Butterfly Works the conference 'Surprising Africa'.

With the theme Storytelling presented about fifteen speakers their innovative ideas on the area of culture, design and media. Among them were the writer and journalist
Binyavanga Wainaina from Kenia, the cartoon expert Marguerite Abouet from Ivorycoast and the Algerian poet Lamis Saidi.

These were the themes: Future of Africa Through Storytelling, African Stories For and From Young People en Story Telling Through Mobile Phones.

A personal account on 'Surprising Africa' is blogged on Smartmobs titled:

- If it works in Africa it will work anywhere
- Citizen journalism in Africa
And there is more about Picnic in 'When we change the way we communicate, we change society'(Clay Shirky)

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