African Media Networks/ Black Evolution Projects

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AFROTAK cyberNomads – OUR Projects 2002- 2009

The Beginning

The Diaspora experiences of the cybernomads AFROTAK team serve as a pool for a variety of contacts around Europe and around the Black Atlantic.

The name cyberNomads was chosen in 2001.

It all started pretty with my old 300 MHz Pentium computer, which was used to draft the first ideas for the project. My long term passion for the documentation of the Afro-German experience as a Diaspora in private archives, together with his original concept for an internet presence dated back as far as 1996 enabled us to rapidly develop our ideas. The final conceptual pitch for the project was forwarded (a proposal called Afro Media Online) to the head of the multimedia department at BpB (Federal department for Political Education in Germany) Thorsten Schilling in summer 2001.

In fall of 2001 the BpB decided to co-fund the realization of a digital architecture for http://www.cyberNomads.net – as an pilot community project for ISD Berlin e.V. (Initiative Black Germans and Blacks in Germany).

On January the 1st in 2002 cyberNomads started work in the old Jewish quarter in the heart of Berlin Mitte. A strategy plan for the involvement of the community was developed and first brainstroms with the community were implemented with funding of Mr. Müller Hofstedt from the Landeszentrale für politische Bildung in NRW. In summer 2002 we commissioned a major multimedia design company to supply the project with a professional content management system. The goal was to provide a platform uniting the various isolated and often fragmented Black German Diaspora communities of African descent around Germany.
Simultaneously, the Bertelsmann Foundation invited the project in spring 2002, as one of the 15 best social business ideas from over 600 entries worldwide.
The “Mother ship Archive” was successfully launched in autumn 2002 in Berlin.
In January 2003 cyberNomads had to give up its office due to government spending cuts. Since then cyberNomads AFROTAK keep the project alive with their own private funds and resources.

Projektgeschichte: Highlights & Meilensteine

2001 cyberNomads Konzepterstellung

2002 cyberNomads Internetportal Online Premiere Onlinedatenbank inkl. CMS-System Realisation by Anymotion Düsseldorf Projekt- Funding Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung Bonn

cyberNomads Teilnehmer Finale Social Business Projekt Preis Bertelsmann Stiftung Berlin

In spring 2003 cyberNomads AFROTAK succesfully developed and realized the 1st Afro German Multi Media Spoken Word Performance in Berlin’s prestigious museum Martin Gropius Bau. cyberNomads Thus introducing spoken word by Black Germans and people of African descent to a major art institution.
Afro German Spoken Word Artists enact their trans-cultural experiences. They dissolve the seeming opposition of black as exotic, a German passport and the command of the German language and culture towards a new, more contemporary concept of identity.
The word turns into a nomad in-between the cultures leaving the space of western concept of literature behind. It turns to Music, Dance, Painting and Installation in the search for a new transcultural identity. Afro German Roots are re(dis)covered in JazzOetry and Prenzlauer Berg Lyrics, Ragga and Konkreter Poesie, Acid Jazz and Neuem Hoerspiel and Dub Poetry and Haikus as the Afro German Spoken Word artists present their 20 minute Multi Media performances to offer an overall programm that lasts for about 1 ½ hours and takes you beyond the spiritual limitations of what is known as genre. Agna Sharifa Mami Watu, Amy Rebecca Evans, Olumide Popoola, Bullet Proof Soul featuring Curley Energies The Afro German Multi Media Spoken Word Performance can be booked through AFROTAK cyberNomads and is updated according to event, location and the artists present day concerns and materials.

Afro German Spoken Word Performance Konzept & Multimedia Regie by cyberNomads Aufführung im Martin Gropius Bau Berlin und Projekt- Funding Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung Bonn/ Deutscher Kirchentag

 

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Online Premiere cyberNomads Internetportal Onlinedatenbank inkl. CMS-System Realisation by Anymotion Düsseldorf Projekt- Funding Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung Bonn

Hiphop und Bildung „ Brothers Keepers go EastSchultour durch den Osten Film-Doku DVD 25 min Produktion by cyberNomads

  • Black Media Congress Berlin 2002

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“Self Empowerment & Networks” Konzept & Realisation by cyberNomads Kooperation cyberNomads & Goethe Institut Berlin Projekt-Funding Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung Bonn

We hosted The Black Media Congress Berlin 2002 under the title Soul Power and Cyberspace mainly for German grassroots activists and media professionals of African descent.

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Gründung Black Media & Community Lobby Network cyberNomads Berlin

In 2002 cyberNomads went Online to generate the First Digital Activism Movement from within the Black German Diaspora. cyberNomads had a keen concept on how culture had to be used and applied to change the images of what is into the images of what can be. The priciple hope and the creation of artitically inspired and academically backed concepts of subversion created the sourcebook for change through networking in Germany

In 2002 cyberNomads went Online to generate the First Digital Activism Movement from within the Black German Diaspora. cyberNomads had a keen concept on how culture had to be used and applied to change the images of what is into the images of what can be. The principle hope and the creation of artitically inspired and academically backed concepts of subversion created the sourcebook for change through networking in Germany for the Black "Bilderstürmer" on their road to paradigm change!

2003 Besucherzahl des Internetportals übertrifft erstmalig 10 000 pro Monat

 

 

Online Hosting für ca. 30 Community Projekte und Initiativen ohne Wepage

 

cyberNomads Schulungen für Content Management Systeme Teilnehmer: Redakteure und Mitarbeiter aus Mainstream & Community


Black Media Congress Berlin 2003

“Best Practices – between Grassrots and Mainstream” Konzept & Realisation by cyberNomads Kooperation cyberNomads & Heinrich Boell Stiftung Berlin Projekt-Funding Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung Bonn

Black Media Congress Berlin 2003 another cyberNomads event was called Networking in Europe – Best Practices from Grassroots to Mainstream. We aimed at establishing a Black Media Network around Europe. Therefore we invited major speakers from England, France, Holland and Germany to update and inform media professionals, artists, activists and students on the changing media landscape around Europe.

Online Dossier „Afrikanische Präsenz in Deutschland“ cyberNomads Konzept & Redaktion Herausgeber Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung Bonn

During summer 2003 cyberNomads conceptualized the Online Dossier that features academic experts, community activists and artists, establishing an overview on history, media, academia and art of “Black Germania”. Topics range from the presence of African civil servants during the middle ages until the latest formation of the refugee movements and HipHop collectives like Brothers Keepers. The dossier is called “African Presence in Germany” and is featured on the website of the Federal Department for Political Education www.bpb.de . The revised version supplemented with surplus multimedia content will soon be available again via www.cybernomads.net . It can be used in schools, universities and other educational institutions around Germany/Europe.

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2004 Besucherzahl des Internetportals übertrifft erstmalig 100 000 pro Monat

 

Online Hosting für ca. 20 Community Projekte und Initiativen ohne Wepage

 

cyberNomads schulen für CMS-System Teilnehmer: Potentielle Redakteure & Mitarbeiter Mainstream & Community

 

cyberNomads Vortrag Online Communities & Demokratie TRANSMEDIALE international media art festival Berlin

 

Akquise Schirmherrschaft UNESCO Deutschland Bonn für MAY AYIM AWARD cyberNomads Konzept , Ausschreibung & Realisation

 

cyberNomads Featured auf Deutsche Welle, Deutschlandfunk, Radio MultiKulti

 

cyberNomads Vortrag Informationszeitalter und Migration StudiengangTranscultural Studies Universität Bremen Summerschool

 

Publikation The BlackBook-Deutschlands Häutungen Herrausgeber cyberNomads und Antidiskriminierungsbüro Köln

 

2005 Besucherzahl des Internetportal um die 200 000 pro Monat 2000 Registrierte Kontakte im Black Media & Community Netzwerk Online Hosting für ca. 50 Community Projekte und Initiativen Suchmaschinenoptimierung, Redaktion & Promotion cyberNomads

 

• Film-Doku des May Ayim Award

 

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DVD ca. 60 min Herrausgeber cyberNomads

cyberNomads * Preisgewinner Best Black German NGO Adler Awards AFRICAN YOUTH FOUNDATION Bonn

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cyberNomads * Moderation African Cup

Ausrichter Faso Initiative e.V.


cyberNomads * Honorary Mentioning FRIEDENSPREIS Bremen


2006 Besucherzahl des Internetportals kontinuierlich bei 250 000 pro Monat 3000 Registrierte Kontakte im Black Media & Community Netzwerk cyberNomads Link-Ausbau, Redaktion & Promotion


Konzept für Vortrag „ Deutsche Online-Wissenssammlungen Thema Afrika

Verband der Afrikanisten, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt

cyberNomads * Nennung unter den 50 wichtigen Afro-Deutschen AFRICAN HERITAGE MAGAZIN Hamburg

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 cyberNomads Vortrag Migration und Berufsintegration FACHHOCHSCHULE Fulda

 


 

 

Racism Helpline zur WM cyberNomads Hosting & Redaktion Projekt Organisation von Telefonnotruf mit 200 Freiwilligen

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Kooperation mit Refugees Emacipation e.V. und Opferhilfe e.V. Berlin

cyberNomads zu Gast bei Arabella -Thema No Go Areas

Feature 20 min auf TV N24

2007 300 000 Besucher pro Monat Seit 2002 Gesamtzahl 8 Millionen Besucher 4000 Registrierte Kontakte im Black Media & Community Netzwerk cyberNomads Redaktion & Promotion

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• cyberNomads * Repräsentant Black Diaspora Deutschland Regional

Consulting Conference AFRICAN UNION Paris

on behalf of the African Union Diaspora Committee Deutschland Zentralrat der Afrikanischen Diaspora Deutschland mit Mandat der Afrikanischen Union

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Mandat Botschaft Südafrika Berlin

 

cyberNomads * Preisgewinner „Best Practice/Vorbild Projekt“ STIFTUNG Demokratie und Toleranz Berlin

cyberNomads goes Blog zwecks Projekt-Evaluation und Modernisierung von Webseite, CMS-System und Datenbank

cyberNomads AFROTAK vision and long term goals

 

Our long-term goal is to establish a powerful lobby and online platform for survival and interaction amidst so called Euro-centric power structures that divide and rule the fragmented Black migrant and gender communities.

There is great demand for innovation, examples of Best Practice as well as for networking and exchange of information. cyberNomads AFROTAK work to develop and implement self-empowerment through a Black cultural perspective researching untold stories and using the internet as a platform for sharing, distribution and critical discussion in a changing global market place.

The idea of the cyberNomads AFROTAK Online Mother ship database is successful, because of the living people who create this network. The students, journalists, educators and users are all responsible for its growth. This project is successful because it is, truly, a grassroots community. Our platform digitally reflects and publishes information as a brain pool for new ideas. The participants themselves enhance and understand the vitality and complex issues that face our communities. The publishers have a pride in ownership which no preconceived “top-down” organization can engender.

We offer community support and promotion for those in need, and further issues of universal understanding about the challenges facing people of African descent in Europe.

 

 

cyberNomads AFROTAK operate to develop the cultural and spiritual aspects of African Diaspora and supports the creative uses of 21st Century technology. A diverse community is enabled to interact as competent and valued citizens in a changing Europe. Our vision became increasingly imortant with the extension of the European Union in 2004.

The team of cyberNomads AFROTAK operates beyond the focus of education and politics and embraces a Diaspora community that works in tandem with our efforts to self-empower and correct stereotypes. Projects can be checked through our international mailing list and on our website: www.cyberNomads.de .

cybernomads AFROTAK efforts to acquire content for the “Mothership”

Starting as early as in 2001 cyberNomads travelled to various events of importance for the African Diaspora in Germany. Since then up to the present cyberNomads have documented audio and video and images using Mini DV and MiniDisc creating a digital archive distributed online through our various outlets on platforms like youtube, vodpod, wordpress, myspace and facebook as well as offline through our publications in Print, CD and DVD.
We further generate and distribute our content in major events like Black Media Congress Berlin and May Ayim Award. As a result cyberNomads AFROTAK accommodate the largest Multi Media and Print Archive for People of African descent.

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