One of my more serious agenda at the Mindanao Bloggers Summit in October (aside from partying, listening to the A-listers, and meeting new friends) is to help spread out blogging vocabulary and technology for the grassroots level.
I intend to share an idea about how blogging can be a useful tool for communities to megaphone their local issues to the world. An example is what Iranun Kaka Ali is doing in his blog from Upi, Shariff Kabunsuan.
This agenda is born out of some parallel efforts in MindaNews, our news organization, to share technology in reporting, documentation, taking photos and others to residents of communities or grassroots.
With the internet entering some used to be remote towns around Mindanao, slowly residents start to get internet access.
Internet access is beginning to go side by side with community radio and indigenous means of communication. The reality still holds, though. Still a big portion of conflict-prone, poor, and vulnerable communities around Mindanao are still off line.
They are those who need great support.
Mindanao’s bloggers can help the grassroots put up their own community blogs in their respective areas based on needs of the grassroots.
Many of these communities such as those in Upi, Shariff Kabunsuan; Kumalarang, Zamboanga del Sur, and in Impasug-ong, Bukidnon, already are connected but haven’t fully tapped blogging as a tool.
This seems to flow in the same direction with that of the summit with the theme: “Spotlight Mindanao:Blogging for Culture, Identity & Understanding. “