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Fall/Spring Yr Newsletter

GIIP TO THE FUTURE Covering National Security in a 2.0 World:A View from Washington featuring Dana Priest launched the 2010 GIIP Endowment Campaign in Washington DC. (

GIIP in Washington Featuring Dana Priest One of the largest GIIP Fundraising efforts to date was hosted on April 29th in this countryʼs headquarters of social activism, Washington DC. The event highlighted GIIPʼs contributions to social enterprise and how GIIP has affected the lives of those participating in it (as well as those who work with GIIP). Featured at the event was UCSC Alumna and twotime Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist, Dana Priest. Dana Priest spoke about her experience and work as an investigative journalist for the Washington Post, and how new information communication technologies have changed whatʼs possible in her work. Her speech highlighted how the Internet and other ICT tools have dramatically altered the way research is done in her field, and what kinds of information is continued on page 6

UCTLI Update: Tech and Leadership Institute GIIP, in partnership with the Center for Multicultural Cooperation in Fresno, is hosting the UC Technology and Leadership Institute for its 5th year. UCTLI is GIIPʼs longest running and most successful project. This summer, the camp will host twenty high school students from Fresno. The theme for the week long technology camp this summer is the high school drop out crisis and youth activism. The students will learn about applying to continued on page 4

Central Valley youth at 2009ʼs UCTLI

inside... GIIP’s Endowment Kick-Off.................3 Mobile Activism Lab.............................3 Peace and Conflict Resolution.............4 New Website Up and Running.............5


Dear GIIP Community, Itʼs been a very eventful year for GIIP. The new intensive major and minor in Global Information and Social Enterprise Studies (GISES) is now graduating many students who have created some super digital projects. Check out GIIPʼs new website designed by Maira Sutton for her GISES minor project: As many of you know the University is under great financial stress so GIIPers have brainstormed about how to make certain future UCSC students will have the opportunity to become GIIP Fellows and to use technology for social justice and sustainable development. We are fortunate to have Joop Rubens as our Development Officer not only because his previous incarnation must have as a GIIP Fellow, but also because he has tutored the Fellows Development Committee regarding how to raise funds. Our new collective project is to build an endowment that will fund a Professorial Chair in GISES. GIIP Fellows and members of the GIIP Global Advisory Committee will design the terms of the endowment. GIIP Director Paul Lubeck (

GIIP was honored to host Dana Priest at the UCDC Center in April. She was, of course, a model public intellectual in the slug mold. We are very grateful for her support and for agreeing to co-chair the GIIP Global Advisory Board. Our goals was to raise $10,000 this year for the endowment and we surpassed it. Thanks to the generosity of Mark Headley and Christina Pehl, who matched what the Fellows raised, we are very close to the $25, 000 required for launching the GIII endowment. If you have ideas about how to kick us over the top, please let us know. In the forthcoming year, GIIP will focus on developing partnerships in Ghana, on creating a working group on sustainable development and another on Peace and Conflict Resolution. We will be encouraging projects that address education crisis in California. It will be a busy year so we are gearing up for new students and more professional projects. Many thanks to the GIIP Fellows who carried GIIP while I was on sabbatical this year. It confirms what we always knew: the Fellows model works very well. All the best,

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GIIP’s Endowment Kick-Off

In February, GIIP kicked off its Endowment campaign with a small fundraiser in Oakland organized by GIIPʼs development committee (with the help of Peggy Gibbons, Cat Priestleyʼs mom), and was hosted by the Priestly family. The event commemorated “GIIP: to the Power of 10”, celebrating ten years of GIIPʼs commitment to social activism and presence at UC Santa Cruz. Several partners and local donors were in attendance in addition to members of GIIP and family friends. GIIP Fellows, students and members of GIIPʼs administration gave presentations of GIIPʼs work and current GIIP projects, and also talked about the future of GIIP. GIIP coordinator, Cat Priestly expressed that “it was also a nice opportunity to show my friends and family all of the work I have been doing at UCSC.”

New Tech Lab Addition: The Mobile Activism Lab This quarter, the GIIP Fellows have implemented a new Technology Lab for GIIP students to address the growing number of mobile applications being used for social activism. The Mobile Technologies and Activism lab focuses on teaching GIIP students about the tools that are being created that utilize the worldʼs fastest-growing technology. Knowing the capabilities of mobile technology is valuable for a young social entrepreneur due to the wide-spread use of cellphones throughout many diverse regions of the world. It is also an area of increasingly fast innovation. According to one of the teachers of the lab, GIIP Fellow Ian Anderson “the mobile space is so broad and develops so quickly, even compared to the rest of the ICT community.” A Mobiles Committee was also created to ensure that GIIPʼs technical curriculum related to mobile devices stays up to date. So far, none of the previous GIIP projects have relied exclusively on mobile devices, but mobile applications have been used in several projects including Ian Andersonʼs work in Nigeria. “I basically showed about a half dozen different NGOs ... an overview of all of these technologies, and in some cases helped set them up. Most popular was GeoChat for helping the director of the NGOs communicate with the staff across different states.” continued on page 6

The campaign has, thus far, proven extremely successful with $2600 raised at this initial event, and the endowment fundraising goals met at the most recent event in DC. This small fundraiser is only the first of many localized GIIP fundraising events that will be taking place in the year to come. There will be many more of these types of events in the fall and winter of 2010- 11, so be sure to look for events near you!

GIIP students hard at work in a tech lab


Peace and Conflict Resolution: A New Frontier UCTLI Update

continued from page 1 college and will work with staff from UCTLI and CMC to collaboratively launch an innovative, interactive online resource for students and educators containing youth created multimedia materials that expose the issue and their ideas for solutions.

A new program to hit the GIIP shelves this spring is our Conflict Resolution working group. Fellows and students are looking to address pervasive conflicts around the world by examining methods and technology to increase dialog. Led by new fellow Sami Abdelhalim, the working group is planning a curriculum to teach future GIIP students the skills needed to build peace in local and international communities. The Conflict Resolution working group was born out of the interest many GIIP students shared in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Rather than working to advocate for either side, GIIP chose to work on building peace. Expanding the project to a range of conflicts around the world, GIIP will be able to train students in mediation and facilitation methods, preparing them for possible future mentorship programs. Technologies such as video conferencing, social networking, and mobile phones mean that the opportunity for dialog between disparate groups is greater than ever. Seeing a face or sharing a conversation can bring an invaluable facet to peace-building, and GIIP plans to capitalize on increasingly accessible communication technology. This working group has already attracted the attention of GIIP fellows and students, and we are looking forward to the future of our peace building development.

This summer, the camp will focus less on creating GIIP videos and more on creating a sustained connection between the students and the GIIPers involved. This will include a new mentorship program that will pair three of the Fresno students with one GIIP mentor who will act as a personal college counselor for the students as they apply to college.

2009 UCTLI tech workshop

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New Website Up and Running New Opportunities With Ag Land Trust Our featured GIIP partner is the organization Ag Land Trust, based in Salinas, California. Ag Land Trust works to preserve farmland to benefit the farmers of the Central Coast, having preserved over 20,000 acres of farmland through easements. Virginia Jameson, the associate director of Ag Land Trust, is a GIIP alumna who has been working with current fellow Melissa Birdwell-Marchi since 2007, when Melissa worked to convert the files of Ag Land Trust from paper to electronic data. Continuing on this project, Melissa is now creating an online database for the organization, which will allow Ag Land Trust board members to access needed information wherever they go. Jameson is a very successful grant-writer, who spoke to current GIIP students during Spring quarter about grant-writing and how GIIP has helped her succeed.

In early March, 2010, GIIP launched a new, revamped website at The new site is cleaner, more professional looking, and its design is easier to navigate than the old The website took approximately a year to complete, from designing it, to editing content and finally to uploading it and making all the final adjustments. The previous site simply published general information about GIIPʼs past projects and objectives, targeting a broad audience of visitors. The new site however was strictly designed for the purpose of GIIP promotion and fundraising. The goal of the designers was to present GIIP as a professional, accomplished and sustainable organization in a way that specifically appeals to potential funders and partners. One important new feature of the site is that it integrates more photos, and ways to utilize social media: rss feed, links to facebook, youtube, etc. The site also features awards, media, video projects and information about the new GISES major/ minor. The site is capable of organizing and keeping track of contacts and planning events. The new is truly a web site worthy of the innovative, tech-focused organization that is GIIP.


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available. She described the challenges accompanying this technical revolution, but also the importance of these tools and the opportunities they present. She expressed that at the core of her work is a passionate belief in public access to information. She described how often it would take months or even years to find the relevant information for a single article, a process that requires technical know-how and patience. Her emphasis on higher education and social inclusion is part of why she supports GIIP in its campaign to use technology for the greater good, and teaching people how to obtain that vital information themselves. Dana Priestʼs talk was followed by the testimony of three women who are current GIIP Fellows, Jessica Carsten, Rebecca Wage and Jyesha Wren. Carsten and Wage have both worked as interns at organizations in Washington DC with the UCDC program, and Wren spent last summer working with community organizations on reproductive health in Ethiopia. Wage, who is a Politics major, explained how inspiring it was to see just how far the major from UCSC had also taken Priest, and elaborated on Priestʼs work in uncovering information about the U.S. Military, especially in instances such as Priestʼs first big story, regarding Walter Reed Hospital. Wren described her unique situation as a transfer student in GIIP, and the importance of how GIIP provided an excellent outlet for her desire to work for social and gender equality both at home and abroad. She described it as “hands-on”, as GIIP creates an environment where students can create their own experiences and social change around the world. Carsten ended, stressing of the importance of research, and how GIIP provides a multitude of different educational experiences applicable to many different fields. We appreciate Priestʼs support of GIIPʼs Endow-


ment Campaign- meant to invest in the future of GIIP, ultimately making the program sustainable, and prevent it from being cut like so many programs due to the recent budget crisis in California. The initial goal will be to implement a new professorship, ensuring the continuation of the program beyond its founders.

New Tech Lab Addition: The Mobile Activism Lab continued from page 3

GIIP Fellow and co-teacher of the lab, Jessica Carsten, is consulting for a project that will utilize FrontlineSMS in the upcoming elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2011. The program, based out of Washington DC, will work with hundreds of electoral organizers. “These groups already have access to cell phones and are incredible community organizers, passionate about enforcing a democratic process and political transparency.” Carsten explains, “By using FrontlineSMS- an SMS aggregating tool - they will be able to monitor the elections next year, report voter fraud, election data, post-election violence, or closed polling stations.” Given the global proliferation of mobile technology, it is likely that GIIP will see an increase in the use of mobile applications, and projects that rely more on cellphones than on computers. As Anderson succinctly puts it; “Itʼs important to recognize that this is the most available and easily adapted form of technology in the world, making it relevant for any area of social justice, in any country.”

Accolades and Awards òCongratulations to all the 2010 graduates: Shelley Alingas Melissa Birdwell-Marchi Jessica Carsten Leah Lampa Rebecca Wage

Welcome Wagon Welcome our newest fellows: Sami Abdel Halim Jordan Bauer Andrew Carl Anna DeChant Carrie Mckee

Emily Milstein Hasnain Nazar Julia Poock Neil Richler Juliana Schwartz

Thanks for all your hard work and GIIP “sweat equity”!

Notes From the Field This summer Hasnain Nazar is interning in Washington D.C at Win Without War. As a Video Production & Social Media intern, his reponsibilites include shooting video and editing/producing original video. Nazar also assists in the development of strategies to publicize and distribute content through their blog and social networking sites. He also contributes to the drafting of “Action Alerts” and blog posts for the organization. GIIP Fellow Neil Richler is currently in Japan researching the methods that allow sustainable farming communities to develop while still maintaining their tradition of living in harmony with nature. Lessons from this research will be applied to a future project working with communities in Central America.

Special thanks to our partners and supporters! • UCSC Sociology Department • Social Sciences Development Division • Dana Priest • Mark and Chris Headley • Brian and Jan Cunningham • Peggy Gibbons • Lisa Nishioka, Assistant to CGIRS • Ronnie Lipschutz, Professor Politics • Arif Mamdani, Christine Roessler, and Mark Sherman of the Progressive Technology Project • Bob Minnis, Sita Shapiro, Roger Shaff, and Michael Hernandez of International Health Programs • Brandon Wright and MaryJane Skjellerup of the Center for Multicultural Cooperation • Institute of International Educationʼ • Center for Technology and Development • Center for International Policy • 7

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