Black Media Congress Berlin Mission Statement cyberNomads – Afrika Medien Netzwerk Deutschland

Mission Statement

AFROTAK TV cyberNomads

 builds an online, text and multi-media based virtual reality community, where the African Diaspora people from around Germany, Europe and essentially the world can come together to recover their own history, through articels, essays, and educational documents as part of a the MOTHERSHIP databank.

AFROTAK TV cyberNomads

 is a prototype community that has taken first steps towards the development of a classical McCluhan „Global Village“ idea. cyberNomads is based on a concept emerging from the integration of text-based and interactive MM- Content to harness the information and communication potential of the Internet.

AFROTAK TV cyberNomads

creates an experimental community attracting people from diverse backgrounds who focus is on human service and learning. The online community serves the needs of the African Diaspora and as interface & link for German political education activities in schools, universities and NGO’s.

AFROTAK TV cyberNomads

 aims at a learning environment where professionals, students and children are creating neighbourhoods in universities, NGO’S and artists centres that are involved in collaborative study and research to challenge and improve the stereotypical representation of people of African descent.

The AFROTAK TV cyberNomads  Network furthering information access to data on living, travelling and employment opportunities allows people to experience cultural and political change applying contemporary technology ! Websites are generated from the MOTHERSHIP databank by a sophisticated content management system creating password protected areas for sensitive data.

Why can AFROTAK TV cyberNomads be successful?

 AFROTAK TV cyberNomads  can be successful because of the people who are creating the network. The students, journalists and educators and generell users are all responsible for its growth. This project has the chance to be successful because it is, truly, a grassroots community. The community digitally represents and publishes what they are focusing on to market their ideas. And simultaneousley they enhance an understanding of the vitality and issues facing our communities in a 21st century. The publishers have a pride in ownership which no preconceived „top-down“ organization can engender. Key elements of the project include flexibility, growth, and change. The Community is in constant flux as the pattern of the virtual dance change each time new ideas or formats are created.

Long -term Goals

The overriding goal of  AFROTAK TV cyberNomads  is to develop a virtual community that will foster the growth and development of all its citizens. Follows are the three main objectives:

·To enhance teaching, learning, collaboration and research on an international level.

·To provide Community Support for those in need and foster Universal Inclusion.

·To use 21st Century technology to develop the cultural components of Community.

To connect students and professionals  AFROTAK TV cyberNomads  offers a free service through the Black Media Network, a rapidly growing network of potentially over 100s of organizations in Germany doing vital work in their communities. We believe that this digitally based work in communities, art and education – represents the future of a movement for people of African descent in terms of Self-Empowerment on an European level.

What Makes This Project Unique?

1. AFROTAK TV cyberNomads  is unique because it is a prototype; nothing like it has ever existed. This is not because  AFROTAK TV cyberNomads  is at the cutting edge of technology, but because it has integrated the most commonly accessible tools into a unique configuration, making them work in tandem with one another: to tell our story- not theirs !

4. Combined with 20 years of experiences that serves the Team of  AFROTAK TV cyberNomads as a pool for networking to develop the flux of cultural concepts for cyberNomads.

5. Along with the CMS System from “myEdit”, it is an answer to the need for communication in real-time and the chances to publish and edit word document, pictures, video and audio files in a decentralised, democratic way. The CMS of myEdit is educationally unique. It teaches publishing, and writing in a decentralised way, much as we learned to listen and speak.

6. Students and Professionals see myEdit as a tool of self-empowerment , so publishing and writing becomes fun, and the creativity of the student/professional is unleashed.

Efforts are made to attract and accommodate the needs of the disenfranchised and fragmentedpeople of African descent around Europe and to give voice to a new form of Self-Empowerment. This pilot project ispartly sponsored by the German government and represents a pilot project for social change.

History

 AFROTAK TV cyberNomads was started on an old 300 MHz Pentium computer that was used to type and save the first ideas in spring 2000. The ideas were finally published and pitched in a 66 pages document called Afro Media Onlinein summer 2001 to the Head of Multimedia at BpB ( political Education Department of the German federal government).

In the fall of 2002 the commission of BpB decided to fund one out of 12 projects that were pitched by  AFROTAK TV cyberNomads  in their proposal.

On January the 1 st 2002 cyberNomads was officially announced as an agency for education, arts and culture. Luckily being offered a funky office space at an affordable price in the old Jewish district of Berlin Mitte –  AFROTAK TV cyberNomads started to work.

During the next three months, the actuality of cyberNomads was expanding beyond the original education orientation to embrace a community that would work in tandem with the mailing lists. A strategy plan for the databank programming was developed that is into action now to launch databank and dynamic websites including calender, shop and community forum by the end of autumn.

The core database of Küppers-Adebisi´s established archive was the basis for the current databank. Consisting now of an archive of multimedia (video, audio content files) and mainly word documents and photos, the digital archive is called the MOTHERSHIP.

The team of cyberNomads focuses its activities largely on the aquisition of content and seeks partners in vision. Thus cyberNomads hosts the Black Media Congress 2002 in Berlin for supporters of people of African descent who are involved in grassroots work and media projects. The long-term goal is to establish a lobby and platform that interacts with a dominant euro-centric power structure which divides and rules between various fragmented black, migrant and gender communities.

The MOTHERSHIP databank has the chance to virtually represent and empower people through its easy to use technology. It gives access for people to print and publish their side of the story effectively challenging the status quo by using the internet.

What Have AFROTAK TV cyberNomads Done to Attain These Goals?

To meet the above goals, cyberNomads has formed a strong partnership with the BpB department of Migration, who have supported our objective from the very beginning:

EVENTS

1.Identification of learning and collaboration projects that span the educational spectrum and grass – roots communities

2.Interview campaign and action with market research in new media

3.Brothers Keepers- video documentation

4.Bundestreffen ISD- video presentation

5.refugee campaign the voice – video documentation

6.Documenta exhibition – video documentation

7.Afro-Germans in Post War Germany book release – reading audio docu

8.various community events – hosting, documenting, discussing, archiving

9.Literature conference in Humboldt Uni – video documentation

10.Racism in the german police- video documentation

11.Black Media Congress 2002 Berlin

STRATEGY

An action plan that seeks to document the various community archives and digitize the content, so it can be published via the net and used for education. To provide community support for those in need, and foster universal understanding about the issues and challenges facing people of African descent in Europe.

To further development the cultural aspects of community and support the creative uses of 21st Century technology to self-empower and interact as competent citizens.

Create a Pan-European network of cultural activist and artists that establishes a plattform for sharing and discussing cultural and political strategies in a changing global market place.

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