And this week’s links about community creation, importance of new like button ecosystem of facebook for NGOs and new opportunities for MFIs.

New on SSIR: How Our Tools Define “Community”: Amy Sample Ward’un Stanford Social Innovation Review’de yayınlanan son yazısı topluluk yaratmak için kullanılan araçlkardan bahsediyor ve topluluk yaratıcıları için yararlı olabilecek bir kaç öneride bulunuyor.

Why I Like the Like Button: Spreading Nonprofit Messages good analysis from Debra Askanase about the new changes in Facebook about like buttons. Open Graph, facebook insights, network weaving etc.

Getting BoP Products in Consumers’ Hands—MFIs and Micro-dealers Can Help Great article about the role the MFI’s can take in the distribution of products to the consumers in BOP. Anyone with experience working with the BoP knows this: the poor are hard to reach. Living in isolated settlements on the outskirts of cities or in far-flung rural villages, it is no easy chore to reach a BoP member – physically or in marketing – to sell a product. How, then, can we get cutting-edge products and innovations in the hands of those that need them the most?  The key is to foster a deep connection and relationship with a large network of BoP consumers, with the help of MFIs, micro-dealers, and other means. MFIs can provide valuable pathways to penetrate the depths of the BoP, especially because of BoP consumers’ predilections for credit, but it is important to protect the processes that support the original product, the micro-loan.

Stretching the Fabric of MFI Networks a study from Monitor group which includes case studies, viable models and recommendations for MFIs and P/S providers for BOP.


Reklamlar

Almost 2 weeks passed and I did not have time to write any post to the blog. I was quite busy last days with the preparation to my new period of my life. I am moving from Spain, from my 2nd home, where I have passed lovely 3 years and a half. I am coming back to Istanbul to start a project (for now I can say a social entrepreneurship project, a web site, I will tell you the details later on!) in which I was working for more than one year now.

So I decided to write this post in English in order to dedicate it to Barcelona and all my friends here, to try to say thanks for the inspiration they provided me for this new road that I am taking to continue with my adventures!

In this post I want to share with you my experiences with the Spanish way of creating community. Two issues: Interaction and meeting points: “plazas”(squares) and the way of having fun: “fiestas” (festivals).

In Spain like many European cities, the squares have a very important place in the daily life of the people. It’s very typical during the day seeing many people from different ages, cultures, backgrounds, gender and religion coming together in an open place just to pass some time: drinking something with friends, talking with their neighbors, buying their bread from the bakery, taking care of their dogs or children etc. What is really inspiring for me in these places is the interaction of all these people. Even they do not speak to each other I believe that there is an important interaction point between each other. Seeing other people’s different life styles provide a tolerance in the long term. These squares make people more open minded for the differences around them.

The other issue is Spanish festivals. I will share 2 different kinds of festivals which I witnessed in Spain. First is the neighborhood festival, and the example is coming from a neighborhood in Barcelona: Gracia. Gracia is a very old neighborhood in Barcelona with a big Catalan population and culture. The habitants of this neighborhood meet during the year to decorate their street with a topic. They convert the street that they live in a cultural place to visit in which you can attend to concerts, cultural activities etc. And at the end of this festival, the jury is choosing one winner street which is an honorary premium for the residents of this street who took part for the decoration during all the year. What a perfect way to take part in doing something good for the community!

And the other example is the village/city festivals. In Spain each village/city has a saint which is believed that protecting the village/city. So each year, in the day of this saint the village or city is also celebrating their festival. For me it is really curious to see how religion can make all people from different ages, genders and backgrounds come together to celebrate something with so many fun. At the end saints are just an excuse for the community to come together and have a lot fun during some days.

These two are giving really inspiring examples for the community creation which facilitates people to come together and interact by doing it fun. They prove that people with so many differences can share so many things, which at the end brings tolerance, empathy and understanding to different live styles.

I am happy to take with me the enrichment by taking part in these communities during 3 years and a half. And now it is time to move on with new adventures, to discover new ways of living 🙂

Thanks to all to make my life more beautiful…

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