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African Citizen History #79
Project Lead: Nefert
Mentor: Abigail Cabunoc Mayes
Welcome to OL6, Cohort C! This issue will be used to track your project and progress during the program. Please use this checklist over the next few weeks as you start Open Leadership Training
Before Week 1 (Sept 12): Your first mentorship call
Before Week 2 (Sept 19): First Cohort Call (Open by Design)
Before Week 3 (Sept 26): Mentorship call
Before Week 4 (Oct 3): Cohort Call (Build for Understanding)
This issue is here to help you keep track of work during the first month of the program. Please refer to the OL6 Syllabus for more detailed weekly notes and assignments past week 4.
Vision Statement Draft
Working to surface and share as much information about Africa as possible. We hope to build a one stop destination for accurate and objective information on the continent and its cultures that go as far back as possible.
Draft 2: Working with Afrophiles to unearth and document most of precolonial African experiences, and re-imagine colonial and post-colonial African history through African lens. We hope to build a destination for alternative narratives about the continent and its cultures that Afrophiles and others can use to re-shape their perceptions of themselves and of the continent.
We are working open because 1)we believe this is a public resource,2) we believe the sheer scale of the project can only be achieved through collective intelligence, and 3)because we wish to develop a version that is not motivated by interests that gain financially and politically by shaping the narrative a certain way.
This projects sounds very, very interesting and I get a good idea of it by reading the statement! It's very ambitious, which is great! Because of this, it could be improved a little, in my opinion, by adding who this is aimed at as a contributor group. Who do you want to work with to make this happen?
@annekainicUSDS Thank you! Technically, it doesn't differ much from Wikipedia. It's basically an encyclopedia. Beyond that, there are two things that make it slightly different; a) It will solely focus on Africa. As you might be aware, contributors from Africa to Wikipedia are very few. This will be a way of rallying others to contribute to a shared knowledge resource by giving them something they can can strongly identify with. 2) Everything will be viewed from the "African perspective". For instance, Johann Ludwig Krapf would the first European to see Mt. Kenya, not the first man.