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April 24 2012


What is there to SHARE? Free Internet and Culture Meetup in Serbia

 World-class electronic and contemporary music, 3d VJ projections and inspiring tech-activism talks -- the second SHARE conference is coming up on 26-28 April 2012 in Belgrade, Serbia. The event will gather more than two thousand activists, bloggers, engineers, programmers and artists from the Balkans as well as from around the world.

Since the first SHARE was held in Belgrade in spring 2011, the turbulence of Internet activism has shaken every part of the planet. Arab spring, #occupy Wall Street, fight against SOPA and PIPA bills are just some of large movements, which showed that the Internet has a growing influence and inspires radical changes and community action.

SHARE conference (or should I say festival?) aspires to become the epicenter of this change -- an open space devoted to the exchange of progressive ideas and knowledge in the field of society, technology, Internet, music and new media. SHARE represents an interesting trend to mix tech meetups for activists with alternative entertainment (music & performance). The quality networking time helps in offline socializing, and is very important, as many people who attend events like this have already met online, but hasn’t as yet made a “real world” connection.

Anka and I (from the NetSquared team) are going to attend the conference. On the very last day (Sat, April 28) we will give a presentation on TechSoup’s Europe planned and current activities in the Balkans. We are hoping to meet a lot of people, and potential partners. I am also planning on having lots of fun.

If you want to connect with us at the event, give us a shout!

And if you are not attending -- definetely check out this video from the SHARE conference last year!




February 12 2011


Introduction - Nathan Koeshall - Balkan Trust for Democracy

I am Nathan Koeshall, Program Officer for the Balkan Trust for Democracy, a project of the German Marshall Fund of teh United States.  I am responsible for BTD's grantmaking in Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia.  I am based in Belgrade, Serbia.

The Balkan Trust for Democracy (BTD) is a 10-year, $36-million grantmaking initiative created in 2003 that supports democracy, good governance, and Euroatlantic integration in Southeastern Europe through indigenous civil society organizations and institutions. Operating from its Belgrade, Serbia, office, BTD awards grants in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, and Serbia. BTD also gives regional grants to organizations promoting the benefits of a pan-Balkan network.

My interests in Contributor's Summit include understanding better the models that are used through the TechSoup Global Network and to see firsthand some of the best practices that have been put to use, with the eye to using BTD's funds to leverage against others to furtehr the spread of the TSG model in the Balkans.


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