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Each of the observer parties owns its digital images of the ballot set. The term “ballot-set” will refer to that set of images. Each observer party can scan its ballo-set, in order to do a computer count of the election, no matter how simple or complicated the balloting and count are. For example, any rank-balloting voting-system could easily be counted in this way. Of course anyone could ask for and receive any observer-party’s copy of the ballot-set, or that of the elections department, and could thereby do their own computer count of the election.If there’s a dispute about the ballot-set, then it’s a dispute about particular numbered ballots. The disputed ballots could be retrieved from storage and re-examined and re-imaged. Thereby, the count is entirely free of count-fraud, regardles of how simple or complicated the balloting or count-rule is. That’s true, for example, even if rank-balloting is used, with some complicated rule for determining the winner from the rankings.
Patrick’s blog: http://patrickbetdavidblog.com/
Also, here is the promised YouTube video:
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From the Loomio crowdfunding campaign:
Loomio is a user-friendly tool for collaborative decision-making: not majority-rules polling, but actually coming up with solutions that work for everyone. We’re a small team in New Zealand, and we’ve built a prototype that people are already doing great things with. Now we’re crowdfunding so we can build the real thing: a new tool for truly inclusive decision-making.
Read this blog post for a more in-depth look at the process of making a decision with Loomio 1.0.LOOMIO 1.0 WILL BE:
We’re a small team of open-source developers, facilitators and activists in New Zealand, organised as a social tech cooperative. We’ve got the skills we need and we’ve already delivered a lot with very little. We’re supported by a social impact tech hub called Enspiral.
After 18 months of learning from the thousands of people using our prototype, we know exactly what an inclusive tool for group decision-making needs to be. We’re passionate about user-centred design and we’re expert in group process, with decades of facilitation experience on the team.
We’ve taken everything we’ve learnt from the thousands of users of the beta prototype, and designed a whole new platform that will make online decision-making truly accessible.
$100k will fund the core team to dedicate all of their time to get a first release out before the end of this year. Our first milestone for a stable release in November 2014. This will include:
If we raise $252,108, Callaghan Innovation (a large innovation funder in New Zealand) has approved a matched-funding grant, which means every $1 we raise is multiplied by 1.4x. This will enable us to work on:
We sell services to organisations, so we can afford to give away the tool to groups without a budget. Our services include software customisation and collaboration expertise. You can find out more on our services page.
For the duration of this crowdfunding campaign, we’re offering a 50% discount on our most popular service package “Kickstart Collaboration”, which includes a customised online home for your organisation, and consulting support to ensure your group succeeds with this new tool. You can purchase this package by selecting the $5000 reward option on the right hand column of this page.
The Motherhood Short Story Competition has been founded by Egyptian writer Mahmoud Mansi, the founder of The Forgotten Writers Project, and in cooperation with the Being Feminist. Therefore, we – (Being Feminist & The Forgotten Writers Foundation) are honored to launch this global project together. The chief purpose behind this competition is to bring feminism and humanism as lively movements to be part of the social everyday life in a form of art.
We want the “audience” to start interfering along with the “activists” in a “common project” that would reach a wider range of people or reach new categories that are indifferent towards demonstrations.
It is very important to start approaching the world through different methods, especially through art, as art is a source of affection, inspiration, creation, and documentation.
Introduction to Motherhood
Motherhood is a very enigmatic and cavernous notion that has been overlooked by different races. It has become part of a routine, just one of those universal life-cycles that we learnt to live with, without questioning. In this short story competition, we long to explore this inscrutable “Motherhood” and the connection we may feel with it. We want to tackle the mystery that exists in our everyday life and have a closer look at it through literature.
Write a story ranging from 1000 to 3000 words, first narrative, about your relationship with “Motherhood”. You are the protagonist of your story! We want to know what you associate with the concept – your thoughts, your philosophies, your conflicts, your experiences, your trauma, your liberation. We want to know about the relationships and moments that have defined your ideas of “Motherhood”. This can be your relationship with your “mother”, a parent of any gender, a manager, an elder sister, a friend, Mother Nature, with the universe, with God… etc. You could talk about the joys you draw from “motherhood”, the struggles for coping with the pressures associated with “motherhood”, about being denied “motherhood” because of your gender identity or your sexual orientation, about choosing to never experience “motherhood” or about fighting all odds to be a “mother”. The stories can be fiction or non-fiction, and with any number of characters, however the story should mainly revolve around the protagonist and her/his/hir perception and relationship with Motherhood as a person or entity and as a totem.
Story submissions must be in English and we – not only accept – but strongly encourage translated original stories as well. This is a global issue and a global event, and we do urge writers from every part of the world to be part of this, so even if you do not write in English, feel free to write with your original language and find a translator who believes in the message of the completion, then kindly submit to us the story with your name and the name of the translator.
Stories must be original and especially written for this event, as the timing is very important to have a detailed overview on the current Motherhood concept, and then share it with you in one book when published.
There is no age limitation for writers, it is simply open for anyone and everyone, and the writer is free to express through any genre and style of writing, nevertheless we do aspire for creative, new, pure and deep ideas.
• It is possible to use illustrations as figures, pictures and drawings if you are a painter.
• It is possible to include your own poetry within your story.
• It is NOT possible to use quotes from other writers.
• You are free to choose any genre of horror, fantasy, politics, romance, or any other one.
• Numbers must be written in (words) except if it was a date-year / ex: 1996 – Seven years old.
• Please do not use (&) instead of (And).
• You may submit up to 3 stories.
• The winning stories will be chosen on the degree of creativity and the novelty of the idea. Strange and unusual ideas are strongly recommended.
• The depth of the text, characters, places, scene etc.
• The metaphors and similes used.
• The beauty of the writing style and dialogues if there are any.
• The ending of the story and how powerful it is.
The winners will receive their Award Certificates along with the Publication of their work in one Book.
In the near future we will be working on translating the book into many languages including the home countries of our winners of course.
We do not offer monetary prizes because in a monetary world we seek those who still have a noble cause to struggle for with the intention of making the chance and feeling the honor. That’s why we do not want the mercenary side of our writers. Although money is essential to all of us for survival, but what we as human beings need now and in this era is far more cavernous.
After the deadline is over and we start working on the judging process, we will have more details about the date and exact whereabouts of the Award Ceremony which is going to be held in India.
• All stories are sent via email.
• Word Document: Font must be Times New Roman, 12, Margins Justified and Pages Numbered.
• The Title of the story must be centered in the middle of the page, bold, and size 12.
• Do not mention your name inside the word document due to judging purposes.
• Save the word file with your: Name, Title and Country.
• Please include in the email message these details; Your (Home Country, Resident Country, Address, Mobile Number, Profession).
• Kindly email your stories to: Motherhood_story_competition@hotmail.com , write in the title: Submission – Your Name – Your Country – Your Story Title.
• For questions email: Motherhood_story_competition@hotmail.com , write in the title: Questions – Your Name – Your Country.
• For journalism & media collaboration please use the same email and write in the title: Media – Name of your Newspaper/Organization – Your Country.
We honorably accept submissions starting from The New Year, 1st of January 2014, until 1st of September 2014.
This is not only a literary competition, or a workshop to challenge yourself and others, but it is more like a spiritual connection between individuals from different parts of the world. This is a beginning for long term relationship to serve the Nature we live within, and try inspiring others to fathom the universe around and within us.
For results of the 2012-2013 Feminist Competition: Women’s Domination, click here.
The Book of the Winning Stories of our First Competition: Resurrection of Ancient Egypt
About the Organizers:
Being Feminist was started as a page on Facebook in April, 2012. Within just a year the page has managed to garner the support of more than 36,000 members. Currently, Being Feminist also has a blog on WordPress which gives an opportunity to various writers to engage with their feminism(s) in a more sustained manner. Being Feminist believes in acknowledging and validating subjective opinions and multiple identities and works with an intersectional approach.
Feminist India: A page focusing on India under Being Feminist
The Forgotten Writers Foundation:
Founded after the Egyptian revolution by Mahmoud Mansi to blend international social causes with art. It does so by releasing international story competitions on topics that were not discussed before by literature, especially the contemporary one. The work is published along with an analysis that is made on the stories submitted from each country.
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Subject: Motherhood Story Competition 2014
Greetings Dear Prestigious Editors of (Xew People),
I am Hager Mostafa from Marketing Committee of Motherhood Story Competition 2014 – The Forgotten Writers Foundation – Egypt.
What we kindly need from you:
Your assistance is to help us have participants in this global-concept story competition from your country, by publishing a press release, article, or interviewing one of us, to be honorably published in your newspaper/magazine.. Especially that we strongly encourage translated stories too, because our vision in this specific project is to have winners from each Continent, published in one Book on each continent or gathering the best of the best in one Book, under the name of the Award and the winning countries.
The Motherhood Story Competition 2014 is our 3rd international competition in sequence, and what we mean by Motherhood is the comprehensive concept of motherhood; the environment, nature, humanity, the universe, a country, and elder sister, a lone father, a teacher, an animal, and the core of our souls… not only the direct meaning of motherhood. The competition was just launched on the Christmas, 25th Dec 2013, and the competition period is 9 months, referring to pregnancy.
The Motherhood is launched internationally by The Forgotten Writers Foundation from Egypt, along with our partners from India “Being Feminist”.
Our world witnessed many unfathomable troubled trends, in politics, weather, beliefs, perception of truth, and I believe all this can be healthy. However, this competition is for a cause, to remind ourselves with our values as human beings, and remind ourselves of love, nature, and universal emotions, that no matter what political view we believe in, what religion, what concept… we still share this one common fact.
The foundation simply works on releasing international story competitions based on topics that were not discussed before by literature, especially the contemporary ones. Never did Egypt launch international story competitions before, and it is a challenge, but what made the foundation very successful and known worldwide are the brilliant ideas it tackles that matches current issues and up to date events. Until now, the foundation has launched 5 story competitions since December 2011, one local and four international. Eventually the international media writes about the foundation’s achievements.
The foundation is a nonprofit project. It does not take submission fees nor does it accept funding; it does everything with exchange of benefits and mutual goals, to prove that one does not need money to be successful.
Motherhood Story Competition Guidelines:
Our Previous Published Books of Winners:
The Resurrection of Ancient Egypt Award Winners Book Publication:
Book Publication of the winning stories of our local competition “MAKAN” – Published in Egypt:
The Women’s Domination Competition Results 2012/2013 – Book Under Publication:
Our 2014 Competitions:
The Seven Dictators Play-writing Competition 2014:
About the Founder / Mahmoud Mansi:
Kindly let us know what you think of our proposal, if you liked the idea I can talk to u more about it.
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The last day to circulate petitions is this Thursday, April 10 and we also need to file our petitions by midnight on April 10. With over 300 volunteers recruited we are a force to be reckoned with and will win the June 24 primary. I need the public’s help to get on the ballot to go to Washington and fight for campaign finance reform and the people of District 7. To witness a petition signature, you must be registered to vote in New York State as a Democrat (or a notary), but if you are not, we can still use your help organizing and all other aspects of the campaign.
I am still the only candidate in the country not taking PAC or lobbyist money so when I get elected I will be representing the needs of the people; not large corporations; not special interests; not lobbyists. The way it should be. And when I wins, other leaders will start to do the same.
Obviously, since I am the only candidate not taking PAC or lobbyist money, it is more of a challenge. Money is power in modern America and I am asking that you share a bit of your power with our effort. With your help, we will get closer to having a government of, for and by the people — one that will address the many serious issues of our time rather than working for the status quo creating laws that are “good for some and bad for all.”
If you are a registered New York Democrat, or if you know one willing to help, please stop by our office any day this week between noon and 9pm to pick up some petitions and help us get some signatures from Democrats in the district. We are at 382 Hamilton Avenue, 2nd floor, Brooklyn, NY 11231 (across the street from the Mobile Station and near the Smith-9th Streets stop on the F/G).
Please share this message too with a good friend and ask that they take a piece of ownership in our campaign to reform Washington.
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