By Luther Jeke, iCampus Manager
Welcome to the all new iCampus blog. It is dedicated to our amazing new innovation, co-working and community space for organizations focusing on the intersection of technology, accountability and social change in Liberia!
iCampus acts as a physical and virtual space for youth-focused ICT and governance training; a networking and innovation hub; and a focal point for elections and open governance work. The aim is to support a vibrant community of activists, technologists, creatives and social entrepreneurs who can work collectively to make Liberia the place we want to live.
The first phase of improvements to the iCampus facility is complete and includes a large training hall, smaller meeting rooms, co-working and organizational space. The second phase starts today. Our new Media Lab will have a full suite of audio and visual equipment of citizen journalists, film-makers and musicians. It also includes our renovation and growth into a much larger space in our facility’s core 3-story building. It will eventually host some of the publicly accessible computer labs, desk space rental, training, video-conferencing rooms and co-working space.
iCampus expands on the networks supports knowledge-building through online and offline trainings:
- on everything from digital journalism to civic participation,
- and by acting as a hub for visiting practitioners, researchers and experts;
- community through affordable workspace and ongoing public events;
- capacity-support through hands-on mentorship,
- organizational incubation,
- communications campaigns,
- network-building and access to financial and intellectual resources;
- and collaboration through ongoing workshops, an active web-portal,
- and by acting as the home for a number of ongoing working groups and joint projects.
iCampus moves beyond the co-working space model–it is a collective and intentional effort to support the next generation of Liberian change-makers in meaningful ways over the long-term.
The iCampus is co-managed and run by Accountability Lab Liberia and iLab Liberia in partnership with USAID LAVI and includes a variety of partners from across civil society, business and government. Other supporters include the Tecovas Foundation, Natembea Foundation and the Open Road Alliance.
If you want to create change in Liberia, come and find us at 150 Carey Street (on Snapper Hill) to chat, book a space for your event, follow us on Facebook and Twitter or e-mail us at email@example.com for more details!