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#cy2012eublogs – Join the Virtual Hangout with European bloggers at CCMC!

We did say it would happen. So here’s the plan:

With the awesome experience of Buffer Zone Bloggers in mind, CCMC is organising a live-link up with the Council of the European Union to connect Cyprus-based bloggers and online activists with European counterparts participating in an event under the auspices of the Cyprus Presidency of the EU (see previous blog post).

On Thursday 26 July, from 11am to 1pm, the CCMC Community Space will be open for online activists to ‘hang out’ with the bloggers in Brussels through four ‘Google Hangouts’ (http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/hangouts/).

The four discussions will be structured around the thematic priorities of the Presidency:

– Europe, more efficient and sustainable;
– Europe, with a better performing and growth economy;
– Europe, more relevant to its citizens, with solidarity and social cohesion;
– Europe in the world, closer to its neighbours.

In addition to the Hangouts, bloggers and tweeters are encouraged to use the hashtag – #cy2012eublogs – to propose and comment on the issues under discussion. Please reference @CCMCCyprus if you do connect to the meeting so we can track the contributions coming from the Buffer Zone.

For more info on the event go to http://www.consilium.europa.eu/cy2012eublogs.

Look forward to seeing you there!

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#cy2012eublogs bloggers connect!

The Cyprus Presidency has come good on its word – namely to organise an event that will connect European bloggers with their Cypriot counterparts. The efforts of @BlogCyEu and @MyriaAntoniadou have paid off!

Branded under the Twitter hashtag #cy2012eublogs, the meeting will take place on 26 July in the Justus Lipsius building (Press Bar) at the seat of the Council of the EU in Brussels, from 09:30 to 14:00. Registration for the event is now open.

And CCMC will be there, for the simple reason that there is no other organisation in Cyprus that has been more active in promoting the use of social media for citizen participation in decision-making, and because it is the only inter-communal entity in Cyprus that supports activities relating to media which promote reconciliation in Cyprus. Our highly successful Buffer Zone Bloggers event last year was a great success in creating a space for bloggers from across the island to exchange ideas and best practices.

The politics of the division in Cyprus continue to hinder communication between the island’s two main communities, and discussion about the six-month Presidency has focused on the official rhetoric and posturing. Social media, and new media more generally, offer an alternative space for information and opinion exchange, a solution to the problem of effective communication that the mass media have tended to stifle over the years. This event represents an open forum for all Cypriots to have their voices heard at the European level, and offers a basis for constructive dialogue.

CCMC will be hosting a livestream of the event at its premises at the same time, in order to support the interactivity of the event, and open the floor to participants from Cyprus who will not have the chance to participate in Brussels.

The discussion will be structured around the four thematic priorities of the Presidency, but CCMC encourages bloggers and social media users to contribute their own ideas with the aim of broadening the discussion. The priorities, as set by the Cyprus Presidency, are:

Europe, more efficient and sustainable;
Europe, with a better performing and growth economy;
Europe, more relevant to its citizens, with solidarity and social cohesion;
Europe in the world, closer to its neighbours.

CCMC will be sending out more details on the livestream over the coming days, so stay tuned to our social media outlets for more information!

CCMC’s ‘On the Road’ training in Limassol on 16 September 2011

CCMC is in Limassol providing social media and blogging workshops to its members there. The event is part of its ‘On the Road’ training series taking place in different locations across Cyprus.

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Buffer Zone Bloggers weekend 29-30 April 2011

Youthful, passionate, free voices and free spirits: these are the players in the social media revolution. If the description applies to you, then join us for the Buffer Zone Bloggers weekend.

The two day event includes:
■International and local bloggers and journalists sharing their experiences
■Discussions with Egyptian activists about the role of social media
■Workshops on blogging, social media, and video animation
■Documentary film screenings
Whether you’re a seasoned blogger or a beginner, there will be plenty to interest you!

Friday and Saturday 29-30 April 2011 at the Cyprus Community Media Centre, in Nicosia’s buffer zone, next to Ledra Palace. Free wi-fi will be available for all, so bring your laptop!

Admission is free, but registration is essential. Register online with this simple form.
And visit our blog: www.bufferzonebloggers.wordpress.com

This event is organised by NGO Support Centre and CCMC, with support from the European Commission.

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