Thursday, March 31, 2005

What we did last year, and what we're thinking for 2005

Hi, I'm Ivan, one of the collaborators for this blog. I would like to share excerpts from my email exchanges with David Silver and Sara Washburn (the Project Directors for The September Project) just so you know what we're planning.

Last year, we used this blog to:

Some thoughts on what we plan to do this year:
  • We'll continue to use this blog as the primary way to engage the public. As for the theme, while it will anchor on "September 11", the broader theme is actually about "Harmony", "Tolerance" and "Dialogue". Why? Because as our tagline goes, "It's about Community, not Geography". We've explained it here.
  • We're thinking of having teens talking or blogging about the theme. Young people might have something to say on those issues. Perhaps post in their blogs, or start one.
  • The expressions could take the form of group discussions/ book talks, poems, drawings, photos etc. Maybe an open performance?
  • We could have Peer-to-peer book recommendations. For instance, adults recommending for other adults (and teens for teens; recommendations by children, for other children)
  • Or how about an Instant Messenging discussion at a pre-agreed time? Wouldn't that be cool?
  • Maybe Real-time Digital Videoconferencing? Well the time zone might be tricky... An overnight discussion/ pajama party in the library? So that we could chat with our friends from a different time zone (their morning is our night)
More important, this year we would like to take the conversations and dialogues beyond Singapore and to the Global Community. Imagine! Libraries from different countries networking and facilitating discussions and converstations across geographical boundaries.

What do you think of this idea?

You can email me, or leave a comment here.

Tag: the September project 2005

Sunday, March 27, 2005

The September Project 2005

We've just signed up for The September Project 2005 -- "a grassroots effort to foster civic events in all communities on September 11."

To us, "September 11" is not just about the tragedy that happened in New York, USA. There are plenty of tragic events happening everywhere -- at the international, national, and even individual level. For instance, the most recent in Asia was the Tsunami.

This blog, and our aims, are therefore more than just about "Sept 11". It's really about themes and values like Harmony, Tolerance and Dialogue. We hope to discuss (but not preach) these values through Engagements and Conversations.

We're not quite sure what we will be doing this year. We have a few ideas and are still thinking about it. We welcome your views and suggestions.