Information communication technologies and the Volunteer sector. Jayne Craven's email with its very useful information on Instant Messaging initiatives is timely: the negative view on the utility of such initiatives is still very much in play. I constantly receive reviews of my work which doubt the utility of such initiatives and my recording and advocacy of their importance. Indeed, to get such views mainstreamed is no easy business. There is a need for a stronger inventory of successful schemes in one place and better marketing of the knowledge about such schemes in development, 'expert' and policy circles as well as the allocation of resources for the development of such schemes in community settings. Perhaps an INFODEV project which did this would be a good idea: or a World Bank volume similar to its Participation hand book which clearly advocated electronic participation at the community level.
Jayne Craven's email indicates the time has come to provide a systematic answer to the suggestion that high tech solutions have no place in resolving low income end problems. Margaret Grieco Professor of Transport and Society Napier University and Academic Visitor Department of City and Regional Planning Cornell University http://www.geocities.com/transport_and_society/ruralinclusion.html ------------ ***GKD is solely supported by EDC, a Non-Profit Organization*** To post a message, send it to: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> To subscribe or unsubscribe, send a message to: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>. In the 1st line of the message type: subscribe gkd OR type: unsubscribe gkd Archives of previous GKD messages can be found at: <http://www.edc.org/GLG/gkd/>