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Did you take the Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme - IGCBP from DiploFoundation? If so, in which year? Who was tutoring you?
I am interested in this course -worked in Kenya
Where did you ¨discover¨ this Community portal?
What are you currently doing today and projects you have related to Internet governance?
Developing a Global Learning Framework that involves methods of Internet Learning scalability
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Paper Proposal Global Learning Community Center

From our home site http://globallearningframework.ning.com

Here is the paper requested by a African countries and our Linkedin community for how to integrate public libraries, Telecenters and community services into one location. We are currently seeking seed funding to become an NGO.

Global Learning Community Centers™ for Developing Countries PDF Download
Proposal Global Learning Community Centers By Richard C Close DC.pdf
Proposal for developing urban and rural collaborative Community Learning Centers, A model for economical and scalable collaborative inter-agency training.


This is a vision paper, based on interviews with a variety of domestic and international learning centers. This paper outlines a map to develop a
collaborative set of rural and urban, globally connected Community Learning

While vast sums of funds are invested in top-down eLearning portals, training programs and ITC projects, they often lack the ability for children or rural
towns to find and utilize the information available. There is a great division
between these training programs and their integration to local communities.

In addition, the redundancy and lack of collaboration between agencies and organizations at the local level is wasteful if not at times competitive.

We need a field facility that all government agencies, NGOs, private groups, local towns and people can use together. We need a place for the community where all of
the fragmented programs can come together and be used as resources for the
local people.

This paper takes the US Community Learning Center model and expands it into something new for developing countries. It integrates the best practices of
CLCs, libraries, adult learning programs, and field project management with the
vast collaborative resources of the global Web into one community location.

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Libraries as Highly Scalable Community Education Centers and Publishing Houses

I just finished a White Paper for a Library conference in India and thought it would be relevant to this community.

In writing it, it became obvious that the global library system can not only become a global education and knowledge distribution system but small towns are now empower to publish original material and build learning communities on health, farming, microeconomics and deliver k-12 education curriculum. This is a wonderful… Continue

Posted on December 31, 2009 at 6:32pm

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At 3:58pm on August 1, 2013, Boitumelo said…

thanx Richard




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The full text of the book An Introduction to Internet Governance (6th edition) is available here. The translated versions in Serbian/BCS, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Chinese, and Portuguese are also available for download.


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