Sketchnotes clarify information access concepts, aid South Sudan development
Graphic artist Julian Kücklich (Flickr user cucchiaio) has used his brilliant artistic abilities to summarize discussions from last year’s Media & Makers: Juba 2012 gathering. The unique event focused on all aspects of South Sudanese media and multiple panels addressed how open source technology can be helpful to strengthen the fragile nation.
Needless to say, the raw information from the summit is overwhelming when in traditional note form. Graphically, however, key relationships jump to life. Mr. Kücklich really does an excellent job capturing the delicate bonds between ideas.
Our favorite sketches (there are a lot of them!) are noted below. Keep in mind, the progressive ideas ring true for much of the developing world, not just South Sudan.
Some newspaper websites, but low Internet penetration. Frequent power outages. Widespread illiteracy. (A Map of the Media Landscape in South Sudan)
Even in South Sudan Internet is on the rise… (Working Group M1)
What is Open data? Civil empowerment: iCow. (Working Group O2)
Open data requires Internet infrastructure (& media). (Working Group O2)
Telecommunications & technology in Africa: ubuntu, ushahidi, open source farming. (Grand Opening)
Technology is so central to society, it is inevitable. (Dorothy Gordon)
Creative commons is a way out of the licensing trap – open technology can help you do it. (Grand Opening)
Open data -> empowerment -> participation. (Philip Thigo)
Access to information: right to information is a human right. Africa still lags behind…but some countries are catching up. (Edetaen Ojo)
Citizen journalism leads to instant communication, distributed worldwide, increasing accessibility. (Working Group M4)
Newspapers and the Internet. African news innovation challenge. Zero Facebook and zero-cost news. Via dumb-phones. (Working Group M4)
Technology needs to be appropriate. Developers need to get paid. Power is needed. (Working Group O2)
Stay tuned for more sketches as another Media & Makers event is scheduled for Khartoum, Sudan in May 2012.
Source: Flickr: cucchiaio: Graphic Facilitation set (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
P.S. Mr. Kücklich also has done sketches of Libya’s media landscape.