Mobile Devices and Social Media: Instant News and Knowledge | Dr. Jose G. Lepervanche | #CitizenReporters

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#CitizensReporters have been using #MobileDevices and #SocialMedia to share instant news, videos, texts, and pictures during times of crisis. We have seen political demonstrations, elections, events, disasters, and many more cases. We have in our hands a powerful computer, communicator, and camera to share and connect with family and friends. We also use these technologies to access #InstantKnowledge about the events, stories, and background information. We are more connected to our mobile devices but also using them to be more connected to people.

#HurricaneMaria and #EarthquakeMexico2017 are recent examples about the use of mobile technologies and smartphone apps to send emergency messages, find relatives, share videos and pictures that later are shown in traditional TV channels.

The issue is to avoid censorship, hacking, fake news, and disruption of the signal. People in Puerto Rico are struggling to communicate and share that they are safe. People in Mexico are using social media to find their missing relatives. In both cases they are using their mobile devices to ask for help. These are small examples of the increasing dependence of technologies and energy. The bottom line is to know what we are learning during emergencies. We continue with our adapted #Scouting mottos: #BePreparedForemergencies, #BePreparedToChange.

What are we learning about the use of social media and mobile devices?

Here is the report and pictures from Alan Taylor | The Atlantic:
Disconnected by Disaster—Photos From a Battered Puerto Rico

Here is our CNN iReport about the use of mobile technologies during another crisis.
#CitizensReporters 2013
CNN iReport: Venezuelan Elections in New Orleans | #CitizenReporters

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Polytechnic City of Innovation | Polytechnic University of Valencia | Valencia, Spain

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The Polytechnic City of Innovation is part of the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Our visit motivated us to learn more, explore more, and share more about innovation. The challenge is to look for innovative ideas in our areas of knowledge and influence.

Used in: International Management, Selected Topics in Management, Innovation.

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Mostar. One City, One River, One Bridge…Two Communities


Another #GlobalLearningAdventures’ presentation. Our journey to Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mostar, a city divided by a river and connected by a historic bridge. Two communities living in both sides of the city reconstructing their lives, city and country after a war.

We visited Bosnia and Herzegovina and went to Medjugorje and Mostar. We started on Italy and crossed Slovenia and Croatia before arriving to Medjugorje. We visited Mostar in a rainy day and we were able to visit downtown, a mosque, and a catholic church. We crossed the Old Bridge and talked to locals. We crossed the street that separated both sides during the was and we were able to see buildings with bullet holes.  Our Mostar presentation explores post-conflict reconstruction, projects, businesses, and government. 

I attended a presentation about history of Bosnian-Serbian relations by Dr. Andrew Holt. The frame of reference was the book “The Bosnia List” and part of FSCJ “The Authors’ Series”. It was great to learn about the history I was able to live during our visit to Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

#‎GlobalLearningAdventures‬ ‪#‎ExploringMostar‬ ‪#‎ExploringBosnia‬

See our Mostar Flickr photo album.

Jacksonville’s Venezuelans aren’t backing down as their homeland sinks deeper into dictatorship | WJAX-TV

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Dr. Jose Lepervanche, a professor at Florida State College at Jacksonville, said more than 1,300 people went to La Nota on July 16 to cast a symbolic vote against Maduro, an action that was also taken by Venezuelans living in every corner of the world.

Lepervanche said it shows Venezuelans aren’t backing down.

“I hope that the Jacksonville Venezuelans and the Venezuelans that are living in all the countries can remember that we are the outside supporters,” Lepervanche said.

via Jacksonville’s Venezuelans aren’t backing down as their homeland sinks deeper into dictatorship | WJAX-TV

Urban Art – Denver Chalk Art Festival

Many cities have used Art initiatives to bring people to downtown and other empty areas. I remember the transformation of warehouses in Dallas and the Chalk Art Festival in Denver. Here you can see some of the pictures I took there.

The Denver Chalk Art Festival on Larimer Square is a FREE two-day street-painting festival. More than 200 artists spend hours that weekend turning the streets of Larimer Square into a museum of chalk art. Artists, sponsors and spectators find it difficult to describe in words the splendid experience that Denver Chalk Art Festival creates.

What other cities are using Urban Art to improve their neighborhoods and downtown?


Hiroshima 70 Years Later: Origami Cranes for Peace | Global Learning Series


Hiroshima 70 Years Later: Origami Cranes for Peace.

An interactive presentation including folding of paper origami cranes to remember Hiroshima atomic bombings and to ask for worldwide peace.

No more Hiroshimas! is the expression used to ask for peace and that “never will be any additional uses of nuclear bombs on cities or against people”.

The Hiroshima Peace Program during 23rd world Scout Jamboree is a program created by the Scouts of Hiroshima. A one-day off-site program to Hiroshima provided opportunity for all 34,000 Scouts from 150 countries to learn from the events of 1945. Participants visited Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park including the museum. As Messengers of Peace, World Scouts have the responsibility to share their experiences and continue the Hiroshima Peace Program in their own countries.



Hiroshima 70 Years Later: Origami Cranes for Peace. 23rd World Scout Jamboree. Japan 2015.
Social Media Slides© – Jose Lepervanche

Highlights of World Scout Jamboree 2015

Global Learning Adventures during 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan 2015
Hiroshima Memorial Museum and Park.
Yokohama – Mitsubishi Industrial Museum
Here is a video done on Aug 6, 2015 about Hiroshima Peace Program in English and Spanish. Dr. Jose G. Lepervanche on the 70th Anniversary of the Hiroshima Bombing (English). Video by Antonio A. Camacho from BSA Troop 004 23rd World Scout Jamboree. August 6th, 2015 after 70th Anniversary Ceremony at Kirara-Hama, Yamaguchi, Japan. #WSJ2015 #HiroshimaPeaceProgram #MessengersofPeace
Dr. Jose G. Lepervanche, Scouter BSA Troop 204 23rd World Scout Jamboree
Spanish video:
Dr. Jose G. Lepervanche en el 70 Aniversario del lanzamiento de la bomba atomica en Hiroshima (En Español). Video por Antonio A. Camacho de BSA Troop 004 23 Jamboree Scout Mundial. 6 de Agosto 2015 después de Ceremonia 70 Aniversario en Kirara-Hama, Yamaguchi, Japón. #WSJ2015 #HiroshimaPeaceProgram #MensajerosdelaPaz
Video: Dr. Jose G. Lepervanche, Scouter BSA Troop 204 23 Jamboree Scout Mundial