Instituto de Botánica Darwinion (SI), Buenos Aires, Argentina: A Global Plants Initiative Partner

We are experimenting a bit with having our community really be our community. We are giving these select partner institutions, institutions invested in the success of JPS as they have given us their content, Flip cameras to record what they do and how they do it. We let them tell their own stories and then put that content on our various social media channels. The idea is to have these social media channels be community regulated, community driven. I will report in on the progress, but here is the post explaining the project.

Instituto de Botánica Darwinion (SI), Buenos Aires, Argentina: A Global Plants Initiative Partner
The Background It is fairly easy with social media to get wrapped up in the novelty of the experience as opposed to the utility. One person or organization can run many different channels simultaneously and craft messages for each, identifying the general culture of participation and etiquette for each channel and each community. At the end of the day, commenting on the lives or actions of others (people or organizations) can be a passive activit … Read More


By Michael Gallagher

My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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