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connection G L O B A L I N F O R M AT I O N I N T E R N S H I P P R O G R A M

Fall 2010 Newsletter


GIIP Returns to Ghana

Jessica Carsten is developing GIIP partners in Washington

GIIP Heads East

by Lucas Healy NGOs and CLOs have used mobile phone technologies to track violence in Kenya, advance democracy in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, and have provided banking services and medical services in numerous African countries. The possibilities of mobile phone technologies are endless, but there is still a lack of understanding in the developed world on how to implement mobile technologies for social advocacy. Will the technology make sense to the locals? Does it contradict local customs or culture? Is there enough electricity? continued on page 4

by Jessica Carsten As a recent graduate of UCSC but life-long GIIP devotee, I recently started a one-year project in Washington D.C. to manage internship placements for GIIP students while creating opportunities for new strategic partnerships. GIIP has expanded greatly since its founding nearly eleven years ago. GIIP now has a referendum fund from UC Santa Cruz, has begun to raise an endowment, has an impressive global network of alumni, and has a growing base of partner organizations, including nine strategic partnerships. Additionally, the successful development and expansion of GIIP is outgrowing the capacity of the GIIP Fellows and directors, making alumni a great new resource for the growth of the program and broadening opportunities for new partners. D.C. is dense with NGOs, social justice related orcontinued on page 6

Lucas Healy is spending an academic year in Ghana


Win Without War Project Write Up 3 ............................. 3 Sustainability Around the World Project Write Up 4 ..............................3 New Partners Project Write Upin5 Sustainability ..............................4 Notes from the Field........................... 5


Greetings to the GIIP Community, The 2010 school year marks the beginning of several exciting new partnerships for GIIP. Jessica Carsten (2009) is acting as coordinator for GIIP Internships and Strategic Partnerships in Washington D.C. researching possible internships and spearheading what we hope will be a permanent relationship for GIIPers at the UC Washington Center. Especially promising is GIIPʼs new partnership with World Resource Institute. Through founding GIIP Fellow, Rhys Thom, we are designing a unique partnership with WRI to place interns and Fellows working on environmental and development issues. This will be a competitive opportunity for the best of the best GIIPers. GIIP Director Paul Lubeck (

We are eternally grateful to Rhys for the effort he has devoted to this partnership, and for the week spent here as on site consultant and guest speaker in November, sharing his knowledge of the inner workings of an NGO and how to improve knowledge communication. Closer to home, several GIIP Fellows in the Education Working Group are working with ETR (www.etr. org/) in Watsonville to establish joint projects and a long term partnership. Cat Priestly, as always, has done stellar work on developing the education working group. The UC Technology Leadership Institute continues to thrive as one of GIIPʼs cornerstone projects, and as a shining example of a successful long term strategic partnership. With CMC of Fresno, GIIP hosted another successful program last summer, and Summer 2011ʼs UCTLI planning is already in the works. Thanks one more time to Cat, Yasmin and others who worked on UCTLI. We are fortunate to have on board Joop Rueben as advisor to our development group. His expertise has been invaluable in GIIPʼs push to fund an endowment for a Chair to ensure the GIIP program for future generations. I would also like to express my appreciation to Mark Headley. His generous support of GIIP ensures the programʼs continuing success in transforming undergraduates educational experience and in supporting NGOs, community organizations and schools across the globe. Finally, in recent days our extended UCSC family, and our small GIIP circle, has suffered a great loss. Gabriel Zimmerman, a gifted 30 year old alumnus of the program, was one of the victims of the Tuscon, Arizona shooting involving Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. The GIIP community cannot begin to express its sorrow, as we remember the life of a young idealist who was dedicated to public service. Please read UCSCʼs remembrance of Gabriel Zimmerman and consider contributing to the scholarship fund being established in his honor. Warm Regards,


Paul Lubeck Director Global Information Internship Program

Fighting For a More Progressive Sustainability Around the World National Security Strategy by Emily Milstein and Neil Richler by Hasnain Nazar

Hasnain Nazar interned this summer for WWW My name is Hasnain Nazar and I spent this past summer in Washington, DC working with an NGO, Win Without War (WWW). As a student of politics and international relations, I understand the grave importance of our military policy. I decided to apply for the social media intern position for this particular NGO because of its goal to demilitarize Iraq and Afghanistan and close Guantanamo. I researched both areas and became familiar with our foreign policy toward these nations. My project was funded through GIIP project funds and my own personal funds. WWW produces action alerts, blogs and videos to run a campaign based on a more progressive national security strategy. This NGO was managed mostly through a website. The videos that were posted on the website called for knowledge of Final Cut Pro and iMovie. I wanted to help build their website and make it SEO (search engine optimization) friendly. I also was looking forward to making videos for the organization. While there I did both of these- I was able to apply my web knowledge of html and css to manage the website while making videos through both Final Cut Pro and iMovie. continued on page 5

New GIIP fellow Neil Richler spent the summer in Japan working on Advancing Sustainable Communities via Ancient Japanese Farming Practices. The goal of the project was to understand what factors, such as information and communication technologies (ICT), allowed small Japanese farms to prosper, despite the encroachment of cities and the spread of industrial agriculture. Richler worked with a number of small and medium sized farms in Japan whose owners had been struggling to make their farms sustainable. He found that the farms that succeeded most in this endeavor were those that used ICT to manage networks of customers, distributors and land holdings. Even those farms that do use ICT, however, will beneďŹ t from the expanded use of technology. Such technologies, according to Richler, could include inventory management systems and increased use of ICT. The farms make extensive use of networks of contacts, but many were informal and organized through personal contacts. Richler found that the farms would beneďŹ t greatly from a system that brings together local sustainable farmers, consumers, and nearby residents. The most successful farms have a strong web presence, and make use of local community networks of suppliers and distributors. They also leverage their close relationships with restaurants, grocery stores, continued on page 6

Neil Richler researching sustainability on Japanese farms


New Partners in Sustainability by Carrie McKee

This year, GIIP is developing a project in partnership with the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the UCDC program. WRI is an environmental think tank based in Washington, D.C., that focuses on objective research and analysis to produce real solutions to environmental and human problems. The UCDC program provides housing and credits for UC students to live for a school quarter in Washington, D.C. and intern with a governmental or non-governmental organization. GIIP Director Paul Lubeck, GIIP alumnus and WRI staff Rhys Thom, and GIIP alumna Jessica Carsten are working together to build this new partnership. Combining resources from across the three partners, GIIP plans to train and send interns to Washington, to participate in UCDC while interning with WRI. Lubeck, Thom, and Carsten pitched the program to WRI in mid-November, and the idea was very wellreceived. According to Thom, WRI is very excited at the possibility of working with GIIP student interns, as the skills GIIP students possess are highly in demand. WRI is looking for students with general tech, databasing, web, and video skills, and those with a project-structured focus, all of which are key components of GIIP training. With UCDC, interns will have access to university room and board, while earning university credits for their work. Thom traveled to UC Santa Cruz and spoke to new GIIP students in their fall class on November 16th. With many new GIIPers interested in sustainability and environmental issues, there is already a group of interested students. This new program coincides with the development of a sustainability working group, as students look to take a more direct role in environmental issues. GIIP hopes the WRI partnership is one of many new opportunities for internships in Washington, D.C. 4

Lucas Healy on the Canopy Walk at Cape Coast

GIIP Returns to Ghana, con’t Continued from page 1

Can the technology handle the local weather? There are many variables on the ground that can render a mobile technology project useless. The Voice of Ghana (VOG) is a small technology assessment and implementation project taking place in and around the University of Ghana, Accra from July 29th, 2010 to May 2011. Focusing on mobile technologies, VOG will provide a well documented, on the ground assessment of ICTs in Ghana. Understanding the importance of support from the local people, the assessment will be conducted in coordination with students and faculty at the University of Ghana, and local NGOs. VOGʼs detailed budget shows the cost of the assessment and implementation totaling 10,343. This money will go to research that in the long run aims to improve healthcare, agriculture, education, and the overall quality of life for Ghanaians. This project is the final result of my work at the University of California Santa Cruz. There I have been trained as a research sociologist and social advocate. I have also been trained by The Global Information and Internship Program (GIIP) to design, fund, and implement a sustainable information technology project in partnership with a community.

Notes from the field:

Dmitry working with a Butterfly member

Participants from UCTLI summer 2010

Leah Lampa, GIIP alumna: Washington, D.C. I always have had a strong interest in social justice issues. The problem I ran into was trying to stick to one social justice issue and going with it. GIIP helped me find an issue I truly cared about, that being education. Through a course in the GISES major, I was able to do extensive research on youth and education issues in Watsonville that solidified my passion for education. I also contributed in organizing UC TLI two summers in a row. These opportunities, through GIIP, led me to want to continue striving to do what I can to close the educational achievement gap. I am currently in my first year as a corps member of Teach For America (TFA), a nonprofit organization that strives to close the achievement gap in education through having corps members commit two years teaching in low-performing, lowincome neighborhoods throughout the nation. I am placed in Washington, D.C., teaching 3rd grade English Language Arts and Social Studies. Teaching has really opened my eyes to the many issues involved in education, and I continue to be shocked, inspired, and amazed by my students.

UCTLI 2010 Update The UC Technology Leadership Institute is a 5day summer technology camp run through GIIP and the Fresno Center for Multicultural Cooperation, bringing student leaders from Fresno

and Sacramento to UCSC. Through sessions with UC representatives from campus organizations including Admissions, Financial Aid, and Educational Opportunities Program, students gain a detailed understanding of the process of applying and finding funding for college. Each high school student works with a UC Santa Cruz student from GIIP to plan their own personal “Road map to college.” This yearʼs TechCamp also included instruction in Palabras (, UCSC Professor Sharon Danielʼs innovative digital toolset for community self documentation. UCTLI 2010 was another successful camp, the fourth since the orgininal tech camp in 2007.

Win Without War con’t

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These are all skills I received through my time in GIIP. There were very few times I was unable to accomplish a goal I had for assigned myself or one that was assigned to me. Anytime I was faced with a problem I was able to find the solution through research. Any future interns for this organization should have a comfortable understanding of Final Cut Pro and be able to make storyboards and direct and execute films on their own. Before starting work at the organization make sure to get a clear understanding of what is expected of you and outline projects that can be completed while you are there. Your time is valuable; as is theirs, make the best of it. Join GIIP online and stay up to date on our latest news. Facebook Groups: GIIP 5

Project Write Up con’t continued from page 3

and individual customers to ensure that they are matching what farmers grow with what consumers want. For example, two of the farms Richler visited were run by farmers with computer skills, though the farms could improve their business with a more efficient use of ICT. Richler analyzed the use of new technologies and organizing tools for these farms, such as an inventory management and customer interaction system that could manage inventory and expected crop yields. Customers could then enter an online portal, where they could view availability and place orders. The system will bypass much of the work that had to be done by hand before, increasing the farmsʼ efficiency. The platform also gives customers an easy way to enter feedback and interact with the farmers. Richler hopes those farmsʼ successful implementation of ICT can serve as a model for other sustainable farms throughout Japan and the rest of the world.

Getting to work on a farm in Japan


GIIP is working to build a base in Washington, D.C.

GIIP Heads East con’t continued from page 1

ganizations, think tanks, government offices, and accomplished GIIP alumni. Additionally, many motivated students who participate in the GIIP program also participate in the UCDC exchange program. This exchange allows them to apply for an internship of their choice in Washington D.C. while remaining a full time student, living, and taking courses at the UC Washington Center. As the new coordinator for GIIP Internships and Strategic Partnerships in Washington D.C., Iʼve been working with GIIP alumni to assess corporate style NGOs such as the World Resources Institute and Human Rights Watch for effective strategic partnerships for GIIP and intern placement opportunities for GIIP students. My focus is also on regional outreach, professional networking, alumni relations, and integrating a permanent internship for GIIPers at the UC Washington Center. This project will also set the groundwork for an alumni-student mentorship program and further fundraising opportunities for GIIP in Washington D.C.

Fellow of the Quarter Yazmin Herrera Yazmin worked with Cat Priestley to lead UCTLI this past summer and is currently working on developing GIIPʼs partnership with the Education and Training Resource center (ETR) in Watsonville. She is also working with Hasnain Nazar to make a video for GIIP fundraising and promotion. Her ultimate goal is to do a project in El Salvador.

Class Wrap-Up

Fall is off to a great start with the first class in the year-long GIIP series: Sociology 30A- Introduction to Global Information and Social Enterprise Studies. For a new requirement this year, students applied for entry to the class, and there are currently as many students enrolled as the room can hold. 30A is full of many excited new GIIPers, with a broad range of interests from labor organizing to maternal health, sustainability to education. All are enrolled in a labeither Tech Essentials, covering databases, project management, collaborative editing, and more, or Web Design, teaching students to build their own website using The students of 30A are being introduced to project proposal structure and immersed in the study of social entrepreneurship and development. Taught by GIIP Director Paul Lubeck, 30A features many guest speakers, including Katie Roper, GIIP alumna and current organizer for CalPIRG, Kyle Eischen, GIIP Associate Director and Assistant Dean in the Sociology Department, Ronnie Lipschutz, faculty in the Politics department, and Rhys Thom, GIIP alumnus who currently works for the World Resources Institute. With the insight and know-how gained in 30A, students will gear up to compile their complete project proposals in the winter class, Sociology 30B.

Welcome Wagon Welcome our newest fellows: Dillon Draper Intensive Sociology, Sophomore Rachael Oettinger Politics, Senior Nadya Tannous Anthropology, Sophomore

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


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GIIP Connection - Fall 2010  

GIIP Connection - Fall 2010 newsletter for the Global Information Internship Program of UC Santa Cruz

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