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Mission

LCS seeks to nurture the oral heritage of minority cultures by developing respectful methodologies accompanied by appropriate technological solutions. We aim to enable indigenous communities to share and celebrate their traditional stories, poems or songs with community members dispersed across great distances. We thus promote a revitalization of their values and identity, helping communities to build capacity around their cultural capital, reconnect the generations and strengthen their proud voices in the global society.

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Projects

Quechua-Peru
Bringing young and old together in a celebration of culture.

Tuareg-Mali
Creating a living network of Tamacheq stories, poems, and songs.

Ditidaht-Canada
Building a digital quilt for a disappearing language.

Konso-Ethiopia
Weaving a Web 2.0 cultural success story.

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News

LCS Recommended for recognition as an accredited NGO by Unesco - 2009-10-23
We are proud that at the end of September 2009, the fourth session of Unesco's Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Abu Dhabi decided to recommend to the General Assembly that our organization be accredited. The General Assembly’s next session is scheduled for June 2010, when it will consider the Committee's recommendations and decide on final NGO accreditations.

LCS exploring program possibility in PNG - 2009-10-20
For the Conversations with the Earth initiative, Nicolas went to Papua New Guinea to document indigenous voices on Climate Change in the islands of Manu. He met Christensen Fund programme officer Catherine Sparks and community leaders there and found keen interest in LCS. Some serious partnerships are being discussed around LCS in PNG. We might start a first mission there in 2010. More news soon.

New Community video from Peru - 2009-10-03
William and Tom, LCS Peru team based in Cusco, have placed online a new video from the community. It shows some footage of the great Cusco exhibition made last year at the Inka Museum. Also presented are some young and elder Quechua testimonies, and the nice introduction speech from Efraim, LCS Peru student from Tambobamba community. Adolfo closes the presentation by explaining goals of LCS program in the region.

Audio widget Beta Testing - 2009-09-22
Martin has finished the LCS audio widget which enable the facility for users to give spoken feedback when listening to an audio story online. This device will be compatible with any website, and will be soon tested in the Tambobamba blog for betatesting. Ultimately we will see this widget functioning both on the LCS website for leaving audio message feedback to the storytellers, and also during future multimedia exhibitions via the next version of our touchscreen.

Welcome Claudia! - 2009-09-10
A new person has joined the LCS effort: we wish a warm welcome to Claudia Hatmaker! Having a strong background in grant application writing, Claudia with her enthusiasm and great experience will definitely play a strong role in the LCS present and future developments. Welcome aboard, Claudia!

Third LCS retreat in Portland - 2009-08-18
Four very intense days were spent in Portland for our annual LCS retreat and team brainstorming. Major progress was made including a clear formulation of our LCS Product Roadmap, the kick off meeting for writing the LCS Handbook, and the presentation to the team of three first talking object samples from the Peru team (Chullo, scarf, woven hat etc.). We aim to demonstrate a prototype of live barcoded links between these objects and story playback on a mobile phone this December at the Climate Change summit in Copenhagen, the COP15 event. Much more will follow on this theme...

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Partners

The Christensen Fund supports efforts of people and institutions who believe in a biodiverse world infused with artistic expression and work to secure ways of life and landscapes that are beautiful, bountiful and resilient. Through grantmaking, the Fund backs the efforts of locally-recognized community custodians of biocultural heritage, and their alliances with scholars, artists, advocates and others.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), for this specialized United Nations agency, it is not enough to build classrooms in devastated countries or to publish scientific breakthroughs. Education, Social and Natural Science, Culture and Communication are the means to a far more ambitious goal : to build peace in the minds of men.

Founded in France in 2004, Conversations du Monde is focused on bringing alive indigenous culture and oral traditions to a wide audience, using artistic photography, voice digital recording and creative multimedia exhibition displays.