What if rainforest residents could charge cell phones on the Amazon? TAKING CHARGE, a pocket guide to mobile solar power — offers ideas.

A Silicon Savannah 

Cell-phone Internet access has led to an IT revolution in Kenya and contributed to significant progress in quality of life and community development — could the same happen in the Amazon?

Saude e Alegria's participatory mapping program featured in Times of India 

The Times of India has featured Taking Charge partner Projeto Saude e Algeria’s community mapping program in the Tapajos-Arapiuns Extractive Reserve. 

On a related note, 28 hours remain in our Kickstarter campaign!  We’ve already met our target funding, but your continued support is crucial.  With additional funds we can expand our project to include more communities in this region and give a significant boost to the community mapping efforts at Projeto Saude e Algeria!

Let’s make the last few hours count!  Go here to view the kickstarter page:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1555196932/taking-charge

Taking Charge in Brazil 

Engage, a blog on empowerment through crowdsourcing, has featured an article on Taking Charge in Portuguese — check it out!

Approaching the Homestretch!

Many of you (250+) have “liked” my project on Kickstarter, and many of you have also made a pledge, which has gone a long way toward raising $7,430 on Kickstarter. With just 18 days remaining, the project is now entering the homestretch, and I could use all the support I can get to meet my fundraising target of $12,800!  Your support is crucial in making this project a reality and making a positive impact on the lives of rainforest citizens.  If you’ve considered making a pledge, now would be the time to do so! 

Because I’m offering some special rewards this weekend, on top of the current rewards!

  • Back the project with $25 contribution and receive 3 digital postcards from the Amazon — which make great desktop wallpapers! You’ll also get the option to have your name included on a sponsor roll call on the Taking Charge blog!
  • Back the project with a $100 or more and receive your choice of a woven basket or a woven trivet, and get a kite-mapping rig named in your honor and featured on the Taking Charge blog!

A kite-mapping rig like this one, the Jim Peraino I, could be named after you and featured on the Taking Charge blog!
 

Taking Charge now over 50% funded on Kickstarter! 

We’re approaching the homestretch of our Kickstarter campaign, and as of this morning, my project is currently 57% funded, with $7,180 raised on Kickstarter!  The sooner we can mark off the 75% funded milestone, the sooner we reach 100% funding, and the sooner the Taking Charge pocket guide will become a reality!  

This interesting video by BBC shows how 3G wireless Internet is quickly becoming a reality in the Amazon.  With this newfound access, opportunities to tap into the many useful applications of mobile Internet abound.  With your support, the Taking Charge Pocket Guide will look at, share, and train local citizens in strategic applications that enhance their quality of life and amplify their voices during a crucial time in the sustainable development of the rainforest.  Backing us on Kickstarter with a monetary pledge is a great way to put your support behind this project!

TAKING CHARGE on Hispanically Speaking News 

Check out this story on TAKING CHARGE from Hispanically Speaking News!

TAKING CHARGE featured on Mashable 

Social media aggregator Mashable has recently posted an article on TAKING CHARGE — be sure to check it out here!

And check out out Kickstarter page here!  The project is currently about 25% funded with around a month to go!

Here are some more photos from our third stop on Rio Arapiuns

In this thriving community on the Arapiuns River, citizens have opted to live under thick jungle.  Despite their preference for the jungle, this community was also one of the most developed communities on the trip, showcasing sophisticated vernacular architecture and strong community ties.  By favoring a jungle lifestyle, these citizens capitalize, more than other communities, on the flora and fauna of the jungle — evident by their abundant food supply, surplus building materials, and luxurious goods such as organic honey and decorative craft including woven baskets and wood carvings.

We were fortunate that citizens of this community invited us to stay overnight in a communal hut precisely designed for visitors, and we were delighted when they invited us to walk through the community and meet a few families at their residences. 

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