AIDS – Awareness Game

Summary

This game is designed to be played by a group of young people, led by a facilitator, with the goal of understanding the challenges of preventing teenage girls from suffering HIV infection, pregnancy, family breakdown, or other adolescent risks. Players take charge of the risks and results of the behaviour of a fictional girl, while facilitators support the participants in the final goals of:

• having good information about HIV/AIDS transmission; and
• having a chance to discuss attitudes and choices with each other.

Preparation for the game requires, in addition to the instructions:

• one die;
• 4 small objects, e.g. stones with dots of different colours – one to represent each team;
• the Message about risky sex (page 3) printed out;
• the 4 Girl Cards (page 4) – printed and cut out;
• the 4 Risk Day Lists (pages 5 to 8) printed out;
• the Good Day Cards (page 9) – printed twice and cut out, so there are two copies of each card;
• The gameboard (page 10) printed out.

The instructions also provide internet links to informational resources including statistics, such as the percent of HIV-positive young women attending antenatal clinics, who are HIV positive; male circumcision information on possible infection reduction; and percent of adolescents in Africa who have had at least one abortion.

 

 

Number of Pages

10

2nd Global Conference
Intellectuals – Knowledge, Power, Ideas

Friday 8th May – Sunday 10th May 2009
Budapest, Hungary

Call for Papers
Following last year’s very successful inaugural
conference, the Intellectuals: Knowledge, Power,
Ideas Project will hold its second annual
conference in Budapest
in May 2009. The conference
is a keystone of the ‘Intellectuals’
Inter-disciplinary.Net project that seeks to
explore the role, character, nature and place of
intellectuals and intellectual work in
contemporary society. Whilst the ‘intellectual’
emerges as a particular category with the
development of modernity, the ‘knowledgeable’ and
knowledge producers have been an important
historical agent and social actor since the early
Greek philosophers, and knowledge production,
whether religious, scientific or philosophical,
has been important in shaping social, political,
economic and cultural change. Intellectuals and
the knowledge they produce have been subject to
competing representations: from an ‘elect’
producing knowledge for its own sake to different
forms of philosopher king, servant of the state or
dissenting movement intellectuals connecting
politically with change in the social world. In
contemporary ‘knowledge’ societies, much of the
focus on the intellectual as a ‘public’ figure,
residing within the media intelligentsia or
institutions of higher learning, but competing
theories of intellectuals and their work identify
elitist, meritocratic and radical alternatives
about who intellectuals are, what they do, how
they are connected to and divided from other
social institutions, and why we understand them
the way we do. The Project seeks to build, by
annual conferences and network activity,
both an evidenced and critical understanding of
the intellectual and intellectual work in the past
and a critical understanding of intellectuals and
intellectual work in the present, and its
prospects for the future. In doing so, it
recognises that the interdisciplinary basis of
such an analysis will take in the fields of
cultural studies, education studies (with a
particular focus on higher education), history,
literature, philosophy, politics, sociology,
social theory and open avenues to wider and more
diverse disciplinary connections, and the project
welcomes interdisciplinary explorations. Some
indicative themes are suggested below to indicate
the types of issues that might be addressed in
conference papers and workshops. The first of the
themes is one we particularly wish to emphasise at this
conference.

A. The Intellectual, War and Conflict
How do we understand the rights, responsibilities
and duties of intellectuals in times of conflict
and war? To who or what do intellectuals owe
duties and responsibilities in war and conflict?
What constitutes loyalty and disloyalty when
intellectuals speak to truth? Should intellectuals
be detached or committed in their approach to
conflict and war? What constitutes complicity
intellectual work about war and conflict and how
should we judge both? How do we distinguish
intellectual honesty from strategic opportunism in
intellectuals’ interventions in war and conflict?
What is the scope and limits to free speech and
intellectual commentary during war and conflict?

B. The Making of the Modern Intellectual and
Intellectual Work.
How do we understand the role and impact of
intellectuals and intellectual work in the past in
shaping intellectuals and intellectual
work in the present? What historical
categorisations, roles, models and places in
conceiving the intellectual influence how
intellectuals see themselves and their work today?
How have the roles, natures and places
of intellectuals changed through history? What do
historical understandings of the intellectual tell
us about the intellectual today?

C. Intellectuals and  the 21st Century Academy.
What roles, functions and positions do
intellectuals take within learning institutions
and what has the impact of change in learning
institutions made on intellectuals? What overlap
and interplay is there between the academy and the
intellectual? What moral, cultural, political and
educational principles underpin the academy and
the learning institution today? How has the
association between academy and intellectual been
impacted on by recent change in society, economy
and politics in the 21st century?

D. Intellectuals and the Knowledge Society
How has the intellectual changed in their role,
character and place in the knowledge society? How
have the internet and ICT’s changed the way
intellectuals work and intellectual work is
produced, distributed and exchanged? How has the
knowledge society changed our understanding of
the intellectual in society? Have we moved from
the primacy of the mode of production to the
primacy of the mode of information?

E. Public Intellectuals and the Intellectual in
Public and Political Life.
What is a public intellectual and how is a public
intellectual distinguished from other
intellectuals and knowledge producers? What roles
and places do public intellectuals have in past
and contemporary societies? Are intellectuals and
is intellectual work always political? What
political and public roles do intellectuals play?

F. Intellectuals and Cultural Life.
How have intellectuals impacted on cultural life,
in shaping everyday experience, providing
frameworks for understanding and producing
cultural enrichment? In what ways have
intellectuals played a role in shaping the
cultural milieu? What is the relationship between
the intellectual and the artist or producer of
cultural knowledge and products? What is the
relationship between intellectuals and the aesthetic?

G. Intellectuals and the Development of Bodies of
Knowledge.
How do intellectuals produce and create knowledge?
How should we understand the processes of
knowledge production and creation as social
and political and well as research processes? How
should we understand notions of discovery,
exploration and speaking truth in the context of
critical perspectives on knowledge creation? How
have particular bodies of knowledge developed
historically and come to play determining roles
in social, cultural, political and economic change?

These themes are intended as illustrative and
proposals on related areas are welcomed. Panel
proposals, workshops and joint presentations are
also welcome. The conference aims to bring
together people from different areas, disciplines,
professions and interests to share ideas and
explore questions in a way that is innovative and
exciting.

Papers will also be considered on any related
theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by
Friday 9th January 2009. If an abstract is
accepted for the conference, a full draft paper
should be submitted by Friday 10th April 2009. The
draft paper should be of no more than 8 or 9
pages long and ready for a 20 minute (maximum)
presentation during the conference.

300 word abstracts should be submitted to both
Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word,
WordPerfect, or RTF formats, following this order:

author(s), affiliation, email address, title of
abstract, body of abstract.

We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper
proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply
from us in a week you should assume we did
not receive your proposal; it might be lost in
cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an
alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs
Paul Reynolds
Social and Psychological Sciences,
Edge Hill University
United Kingdom    
E-mail: reynoldp@edgehill.ac.uk

Rob Fisher
Network Founder & network Leader
Inter-Disciplinary.Net
Freeland, Oxfordshire OX29 8HR
E-mail: ikp2@inter-disciplinary.net

The conference is part of the Critical Issues
programme of research projects. It aims to bring
together people from different areas and
interests to share ideas and explore various
discussions which are innovative and exciting. All
papers accepted for and presented at this
conference will be eligible for publication in an
ISBN eBook. Selected papers will be developed for
publication in a themed hard copy volume.

For further details about the project please visit:
http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/ci/intellectuals/int.html

For further details about the conference please visit:
http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/ci/intellectuals/int2/cfp.html

This week Change.org launched a project called “Ideas for Change in America,” which aims to identify and create momentum around the best ideas for how the Obama administration and 111th Congress can turn the broad call for “change” across the USA into specific policies.

You can check out the project here: www.change.org/ideas 

Change.org partnered with MySpace and more than a dozen organizations that played an integral role in this year’s record-setting voter turnout, including Declare Yourself, Student PIRGs, Voto Latino, and HeadCount. They also have an awesome group of media and nonprofit partners that includes techPresident, Netroots Nation, the Sunlight Foundation, GOOD, and Change Congress. (You can see the entire list at http://www.change.org/ideas.)

The competition allows anyone to post an idea of 250 words or less, discuss with others, and vote on the top ideas from around the country. The top 10 rated ideas will be presented to a representative of the Obama Administration around Inauguration Day at an event in Washington, DC. Change.org then also announce a formal nonprofit sponsor for each idea and play a supporting role as each organization launches a national campaign to mobilize the millions of people on Change.org, MySpace, and partner organizations to turn each idea into real policy.

So if you have an idea for how the Obama administration and Congress should change America, post it right away. It just might ignite a national campaign led by some of the country’s top advocacy groups fighting to make it a reality.

Global Social Venture Competition

Call for Entrants: 2009 Competition. Executive Summaries are due January 21, 2009.

The Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) is seeking promising social entrepreneurs to enter our 2009 Competition. If you are an entrepreneur (or budding entrepreneur!) with a financially sustainable venture that addresses a social or environmental problem, we encourage you to apply. Winning plans in the past have ranged from global health to microfinance, from cleantech to education, from fair trade to community development, from business concepts to operating companies, and have included for-profit and non-profit models.

Submission Process for 2009 Competition

Executive Summaries are due January 21, 2009 for all regions except for Asia.

The application will be available in early December 2008.

  • Regional Semi-Finals              February/March 2009
  • Final Business Plans Due         April 7, 2009
  • Global Finals at UC Berkeley    April 23-24, 2009
  • GSVC Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship, San Francisco, CA, April 25, 2009

 

Submission Process for Asia Regional Rounds:

Executive Summary Deadline (optional): November 30, 2008
Full Business Plan Submission Deadline: January 21, 2009

Executive Summary Deadline: January 9, 2009

Plans will be judged according to the feasibility of the business concept, as well as feasibility and scope of the venture’s stated social and/or environmental purpose. For more information, please see Judging CriteriaTake a look at our Business Plan Suggested Format.  To enter, submit electronically the executive summary and the Summary Page. The Executive Summary must not exceed 5 pages and each individual’s resume should not exceed 2 pages in the Team Resume Booklet.

Note: Each entrant team must include a graduate business student from ANY business school in the world or an individual who has graduated from a graduate business program within the past two years (from the date that the plan is first submitted). The graduate business student must be actively involved in the venture (ie, actively participating in development of the business plan and presentation or actively working on the business). Read full rules.

The Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) is the largest and oldest student-led business plan competition providing mentorship, exposure, and financial awards to emerging social ventures from around the world. The GSVC’s mission is to catalyze the creation of social ventures, educate future leaders, and build awareness around social enterprise. The competition supports the creation of real businesses that bring about positive social change in a sustainable manner.

The GSVC is organized by the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley in partnership with Columbia Business School, London Business School, Indian School of Business, and Yale School of Management. The competition is also supported by several outreach partners, including the University of Geneva (Switzerland), ESSEC Business School (France), Thammasat University (Thailand), and a consortium of business schools in Korea. Every year, teams compete for more than $45,000 in cash and travel prizes, while gaining valuable professional feedback on their ventures.

Since its inception in 1999, the GSVC has awarded more than $300,000 to emerging social ventures and has introduced early-stage social entrepreneurs to the investment community. Nearly 25% of past GSVC entrants are now operating companies.

 

One step forward, 25 years back? 

Media Release Issued by Australian AIDS Fund:

The President of the Melbourne-based AIDS charity, The Australian AIDS Fund, Brian Haill, today strongly condemned the Indonesian government in regard to plans to microchip Papuans with HIV deemed to be “aggressive” and described as “actively seeking sexual intercourse”

Commenting on a report in The Jakarta Post today (22/11/08) “ which can be found below – Mr Haill endorsed the protests of Papuans and Papuan NGO’s who’ve claimed that microchipping will reduce the status of infected Papuans to that of animals in much the same way. Mr Haill said, that dogs are tagged for registration purposes”. It was, he said “a gross violation of human rights” that would appall all Australians and “surely, all Indonesians as well.”

Mr Haill said that the news, coming as it did little more than a week out from the global observance of World AIDS Day (December 1) would send out a dreadful message to the world, demolishing all the efforts that have been made to stifle stigma and discrimination which are turbo-charging the spread of the HIV virus.

He called on Australia’s Foreign Minister, Mr Smith, to make urgent representations to Jakarta to have the plans overturned.
———-

The newspaper report to which the above comment is directed:

Papuans with HIV/AIDS to get microchips
Angel Flassy (22/11/2008)

PAPUA (The Jakarta Post) – Amid protests from Papuans and NGOs, the Papua provincial legislative council is set to pass a bylaw on HIV/AIDS that includes a controversial article requiring certain people living with the disease to be implanted with a microchip.

For full article: Online at: http://www.thejakar tapost.com/ news/2008/ 11/22/papuans- with-hivaids- get-microchips. html

Artist Trust Invites Washington State Artists to Apply for
        Project Grants

Deadline: February 20, 2009

Artist Trust ( http://www.artisttrust.org/ ) is a not-for-profit
organization dedicated to supporting Washington State artists
working in all creative disciplines.

The trust’s Grants for Artist Projects Program provides support
for artist-generated projects, which can include (but are not
limited to) the development, completion, and presentation of new
work. GAP awards are open to artists of all disciplines and offer
a maximum of $1,500 each. An interdisciplinary panel of artists
and arts professionals selected from around Washington State will
select the recipients.

Applicants must be individual artists who are Washington State
residents and are 18 years of age or older. Matriculated students
are not eligible.

GAP applications will be available in early December. Visit the
Artist Trust Web site for complete program information.

RFP Link:
http://fconline.foundationcenter.org/pnd/15015935/artisttrust

For additional RFPs in Arts/Culture, visit:
http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/rfp/cat_arts.jhtml

What is a Gift in Kind?

Gifts in Kind are donations of products (material goods) or professional services from individuals and businesses.  Gifts in Kind can range from legal counsel to laptops; from office furniture to plane tickets; from catering to meeting space—from a gift certificate to a fancy day spa to concert tickets.  The possibilities are endless.

Who and How?

Gifts in Kind can be procured through the following means:

1.      Direct solicitation for Gifts in Kind (i.e., Ask Dell for 30 brand new laptops; ask United Airlines for 20 plane tickets, etc.)

2.      Solicit members/donors for donations of things or services (in lieu of cash donations) to be auctioned or raffled at fundraising events.

3.      Or through one of many agencies that specialize in collecting gifts in kind:
 

The Alliance For Nonprofit Development Serving limited areas of California, the Alliance’s Wish List Program maintains a centralized database that matches wishes of local nonprofits with in-kind donations available from local businesses. The AFND, a registered nonprofit organization, works in collaboration with BARC, a computer refurbishment program for nonprofits.

Excess Access The Excess Access system matches business and household donations with the wish lists of nonprofits that can provide pick-ups or accept drop-offs. A registration fee is required.

Freecycle Conceived in Tucson, Arizona as a way for community members to keep excess waste out of landfills, Freecycle has grown into an international, web-based network that lets individuals and nonprofits “recycle” unwanted but useful items they would otherwise throw away.

Gifts In Kind International Driven by its mission of providing an effective conduit for the donation of products, goods, and services from the private sector to the charitable sector, Gifts In Kind International is a recognized leader in the field of product philanthropy and is a registered nonprofit organization.

Goodwill Gallery Goodwill Gallery gives businesses and members of the public alike the opportunity to offer free goods, services, or time to help British charities that visit the Charity Choice website.

InKindEx InKindEx facilitates the donation of excess inventory to nonprofit organizations by offering corporations an integrated donation strategy that answers financial, environmental, and corporate citizenship concerns while unclogging warehouses. Registration and transaction fees are required.

NY Wa$teMatch This service allows nonprofit organizations and schools in New York City to post requests for materials and supplies, while businesses and other organizations get information about where to donate goods and equipment they no longer need, earning tax deductions in the process. NY Wa$teMatch is a program of the Industrial & Technology Assistance Corporation (ITAC), a registered nonprofit organization.

Craig’s List   www.craigslist.org  (any city) “Free” link under the “For Sale” section.

Gumtree.com  (any city) The UK/AUS/NZ version of Craig’s List “Freebie” section.

TechSoup  http://www.techsoup.org/ : Donated and discounted technology products for nonprofits and public libraries. Choose from over 340 products from companies such as Microsoft, Adobe, and Symantec.

Why?

1.      Most small businesses and lower-income donors prefer to give gifts in kind to cash donations. 

2.      Big and Small Business have a venue to show off their products—which means their PR (and usually it is a way for Big Business to “get rid” of an overstocked product and get a tax write off for it!)

  1. Can also be used to auction or raffle for more funds (think small and large fundraising events)
  2. Can be used for volunteer, donor or member incentives
  3. Cuts costs of buying new equipment, supplies, transportation costs, etc.