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Friday, November 30, 2007

Grassroots / Transparency Observers Africa

In New York, Spencer at Center for Conflict Dialogue
is happy to pilot the idea of you posting him nominations of people you can personally vouch for as loving african communities in particular nations they originated from or know well. WE hope this blends very much with Peter Burgess's world deep resources at and

Both Peter and Spencer led the way in opening out New York as a Collaboration Cafe City at a fall festival of collaboration cafes in 007 and with peter's subseqeuent taverns

This may be the start of a citizens intelligence resource for Africa. I will see if we can arrange a similar process out of London's alumni networks . we started a sort of prototype in a twin nations facebook group a while back

One of the reasons for doing this homework is that at long last more micro up development funds appear to be flowing Africa's way but these will only be as well spent as the transparency with which they are allocated to true cmmunity buolding teams etc

Lndoners, particulary around extraordinary networking efforts of Lesley have quite a lot of deep knowhow exhncages brewing in Africa- for example with the World's first Free University of Taddy Blecher whose youth entrepreneurship programs are supported by Richard Branson who also sponsors the Mandela Elders. There are plans afoot for a seminal rights confernce early 009 in Joburg. This might be a good time to start surveying who (Robinson, Novogratz, TED, Clinton, The Hunger Project, Sachs Earth Institute, etc ) in New York wishes to connect


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