I recently agreed to be an advisor to Civiblog, a project to give free blogs to people working on global civil society. This ties in well with Global Voices. The project is run by Citizen Lab (home of the infamous Catspaw) and is sponsored by Tucows and the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation.
Welcome to Civiblog, a one-stop-site for global civil society. Canadian to the core — ever-devoted to peacekeeping and “globalist” foreign policies — it is our aim to showcase all communiqué in the sector, at home and abroad, onsite and by way of links and RSS syndication to partner sites. We are tapping into two explosive movements at once: 1) the growth of the citizen sector and 2) blogging, which is an increasingly popular tool with the potential to empower citizens the world over, one post at a time.
The site just launched and still needs some tweaking so feedback would be appreciated. Obviously using Technorati to show popular posts and breaking news on the top page and making blogs easier to find is on the agenda.

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This is a great endevour! Just got hired full-time to work for an NGO that runs campaigns in the US for Sierra Club, Save the Children, and many other organizations. It's an exhausting work schedule from 1-10pm everyday but allows me time to do other things I am interested in.

I told them about blogging but they didn't understand and were put off. So I am being careful and not mentioning them directly on my blog, although I am allowed to post photos of our canvassing efforts and my co-workers don't mind.

"You may say I am a dreamer, but I am not the only one"

"I hope some day you will join us, and the world will live as one"

- John

Good luck, looks great I hope Sifry is watching you ...

Global CiviBlog Slogan:

To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
To weep is to risk being called sentimental.
To reach out to another is to risk involvement.
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self
To place your ideas, your dreams before the crowd is to risk being called naive.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying.
To hope is to risk despair, and to try is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken because the greastest hazard in life is to risk
nothing.
The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, and becomes nothing.
He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live.
Chained by his certitudes, he is a slave, he's forfeited his freedom.
Only the person who risks is truly free.
- Leo Buscalia

With the best wishes to this blog-projekt from the slowly old Germany-People!:-)

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